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LESSONS İN FALLİNG FROM THE SUMMİT

Lessons in falling from the summit

He says that it was his rivalry with Vehbi Koç that pushed him into this partnership. “My greatest rival was Vehbi Koç,” he says. We talked with Kamhi about the collapse of the Profilo brand, where he made a mistake and his extensive experience.

Son Güncelleme: 01.11.2013

He is a good researcher... In his own words, he is an inventor who discovered innovation 70 years ago. We are talking about Jak Kamhi, the doyen of the business community.

Kamhi, who lost the Profilo brand which at one time was Arcelik’s greatest rival, says: “We are still alive but we are not as strong as we used to be.” He regards the partnership he made with BSH as his greatest mistake.

He says that it was his rivalry with Vehbi Koç that pushed him into this partnership. “My greatest rival was Vehbi Koç,” he says. We talked with Kamhi about the collapse of the Profilo brand, where he made a mistake and his extensive experience.

You are 88 years old and still working, Do you come to work regularly every day?
- I have an office at home. I work at home until noon, In the afternoon I always come to the office every day. Those who love their work don’t get tired. It was the same in the past. I would start working at 8 in the morning. I would not go home until 8 in the evening.

How long have you been involved in business? How did you become an entrepreneur?
-  I had a windfall. At the beginning of World War 2, it was difficult in Turkey to import raw materials. At that time, the owner of a factory in Beşiktaş making rubber shoes was a friend of my father’s.

I was a child of 14 years old and used to read books a lot. Monsieur Varak, the factory owner, told my father that he would have to close his business because no raw materials were coming. I suggested that he should look at recycling, melting down rubber to produce raw materials this way. This is how I earned my first money at the age of 14. It gave me great pleasure. I began to make my own inventions.  
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