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Orkan Arat, CEO of Plondo Network, Creates His Own American Dream

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Orkan Arat, the Chief Executive Officer of Plondo Network, Inc., lives by one powerful mantra: “Treat others as you wish to be treated.” This principle guides Arat, impacting multiple areas of his life, including his professional career and relationships. It also defines his approach to leadership and interaction with others.

“I live and breathe by this simple commitment,” Arat said. “I believe that if you uphold this value, everything else in life and work tends to align and fall into place. This core belief has been integral to building relationships, fostering teamwork, and driving ethical business practices throughout my career.”

Orkan Arat’s Life and Background

Orkan Arat, a man of resilience and determination, was born in Turkey and moved to Germany with his family as a child. His father eventually found work at an automobile factory, a testament to his dad’s unwavering spirit and determination to improve life for his family.

“We didn’t have much, but I never felt like I had to do without,” he said.

Growing up as a minority in Germany presented numerous challenges for Arat and his family. They faced cultural differences, language barriers, and even prejudice at times. However, they persevered, and Arat is grateful that his family’s move brought his parents better opportunities. This experience of overcoming adversity has shaped his character and influenced his approach to life and work.

In 1999, Orkan moved to the United States as an exchange student to pursue a degree in Business Marketing at the University of Louisiana Monroe. This decision was driven by his curiosity about technology and business strategy, and he saw it as a stepping stone towards his entrepreneurial aspirations. His time at the university not only provided him with a solid academic foundation but also exposed him to diverse perspectives and ideas, which have been instrumental in his career.

After graduating in 2004, Orkan became self-employed in 2009 and desired to become an entrepreneur, strengthening his business and technology skills.

Since then, he has gained extensive experience in the IT sector and services industry and is known for his expertise in operations management, product marketing, and leadership. Arat’s company, Plondo Network, is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the digital marketing, application and business development, and customer acquisition sectors.

Plondo Network’s mission is to empower businesses with cutting-edge technology and strategic insights, while its vision is to be a global leader in digital solutions. Under Orkan’s leadership, the company has achieved significant milestones, such as securing major clients and expanding its services to new markets.

“I was inspired by the possibilities of using technology to effectively enhance business operations and market products,” Arat shared. “Since moving to the United States and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit, I have steered my own companies towards innovation and market leadership. This path has not only aligned with my professional interests but has also allowed me to live out my version of the American dream.”

Orkan Arat’s Views on Success

Regarding his business leadership, Orkan Arat isn’t inspired by a single person but rather by innumerable men and women who have found success in their careers, spanning various business industry sectors. Each business professional provides a different experience that Arat has applied to his career.

“Each offers a unique perspective and demonstrates the diversity of paths to success, which collectively inspire me,” he said. “The list of influential figures is truly endless.”

Arat considers success peaceful, and the key to achieving it is discovering tranquility and contentment in life beyond the societal definitions of achievement. Managing the stress that comes with success can be difficult, but he explains it’s about maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Career-defining Moments

Despite all the achievements in his professional career, the one thing that makes Orkan Arat the most proud is his daughter’s birth and watching her grow.

A quote by Forest E. Witcraft inspires not only his approach to fatherhood but also his career — “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of my daughter.”

He says his daughter’s birth was a turning point in his life.

“It deeply influenced my motivations, reinforcing my commitment to ensuring her future by providing every possible opportunity for her,” Arat shared. “This goal underscored the importance of financial success, which became a central driving force behind my efforts to secure and expand my business ventures.”

Reflecting on his career, Arat would tell his younger self some key advice: first, to remind himself that everyone can learn from their experiences in life; second, to listen to his mentor and invest in Bitcoin when it first came about in 2010.

“It’s difficult to choose just one piece of advice, as there are countless lessons I’ve encountered over the years,” Arat shared during a recent interview. “I would stress that we learn from our experiences—falling, stumbling, and getting back up. Even if my younger self might not have listened, the journey of learning through trial and error is invaluable.”

Orkan Arat Aims To Make A Difference

Orkan Arat’s commitment to giving back is not just a part of his life, it’s his calling. His philanthropic efforts, channeled through the Plondo Foundation, have touched countless lives in his community, making a tangible difference where it’s needed the most.

“I am eager to support any organization that focuses on helping children, especially those where funds directly benefit the most vulnerable among us—our children. This commitment to philanthropy is rooted in a belief in making a tangible difference in their lives,” he said, “and honoring the principle that the true value of giving lies in the act itself, not in the acknowledgment received.”

His Own American Dream

Over time, Orkan Arat has been able to create his own version of the American Dream, and he finds great passion in his career, uplifting his community and being a proud father to his daughter. He’s also discovered a love for traveling and learning more about the world.

Through sheer hard work, unwavering determination, and a spirit that never gives up, Orkan Arat has achieved remarkable success. His life experiences have not only shaped him but also propelled him towards significant personal growth, a testament to the power of resilience and determination.

“I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to countless countries and probably seen a little more than the average; however, I have been a minority all my life in every country I’ve ever lived in, including Turkey,” he said. “Today, I can’t show enough gratitude to be able to say that I am living in the USA as a minority. In my own little world, I am living the American Dream, which would not have been possible in any other country…Every country and person has a past, and sometimes, the past is not all glorious from today’s perspective, yet it has shaped who we are today. Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens. It’s not about what life brings us but by the attitude we bring to life.”

 

 

Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of Startup.info. He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at Startup.info.

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