After eight years in the US, my husband and I decided to move back to Turkey and raise our son closer to the rest of our family. We arrived in Istanbul on a snowy Sunday, and that was the start of our challenging relocation story. Finding a mover and a painter was such a negative experience and I thought there should be an easier way to connect with them online. People I initially spoke with rejected the idea, saying it wouldn’t work in Turkey.
I was offered another great position and put my idea on hold for awhile, until our son got sick and spent two nights at the hospital. It was the wake up call for me that life is too short to postpone a dream. Once we came back home, I told my husband, “I’m quitting tomorrow to pursue this idea.” He said, “Okay, goodnight.” And to everyone’s surprise, I resigned from my job the next morning. It was a choice between regretting not trying and confronting a risk of failure. I certainly made the right choice and haven’t looked back since.
Armut means ‘pear’ and comes from an old Turkish saying about lazy people waiting for something to happen: ‘Hey pear, get ripe and fall into my mouth!’ Our mission is to use technology to make it easy to find local service providers online.