About Innovation and the Government

Innovation ecosystems and governments have always been embedded. The role of the DARPA program of Pentagon in the development of the Silicon Valley or YOZMA program in the development of Israeli technology ecosystem are just two examples. Yet, in many instances government regulations hinder the development of new disruptive businesses – ban on Uber in many cities around the world, India’s strict regulations on e-commerce or Great Wall on Chinese internet are some examples.


Disruptive businesses face a number of challenges in emerging markets, including Turkey:

  • Data localization requirements,

  • Consumer protection and safety measures designed for the analog world,

  • Entrenched professional services lobbies – from charted public accountants to taxicab drivers,

  • Existing big businesses that are being disrupted, including banks and media companies,

  • Limits on government procurement contracts.


Yet virtually every disruptive business has a social impact story that is to be told to the politicians and other stakeholders: democratization of services by improving consumer and labor market access, reinforcing sustainability by making markets more efficient, strengthening communities or improving education, health, transport or energy systems are just some examples.


Ussal Consultancy conveys right messages to the right stakeholders, and educates the public on policies to maximize the positive impact of disruptive business models. For scaleups expanding to the Turkish market, Ussal Consultancy is the right address for the government and corporate affairs management.


For scaleups expanding to the Turkish market, Ussal Consultancy is the right address for the government and corporate affairs management.


For references on government affairs for technology startups / scale-ups, please see:

Barnes, J. L. (2016). The Fixer (Reprint ed.). Bloomsbury USA Childrens.

Burfield, E., & Harrison, J. D. (2018). Regulatory Hacking: A Playbook for Startups. Portfolio.

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