Murat Aktihanoglu

Managing Partner

Murat is the co-founder and managing partner of ERA. He is an entrepreneur, investor, technologist and author. His last startup before ERA was Centrl, a location-based social networking startup that he founded in 2008.

Murat founded Entrepreneurs Roundtable as a non-profit in 2007. The organization, which holds monthly free “short pitch” format meetings connecting investors with promising startups, has created a very active and engaged community in New York City helping budding entrepreneurs, investors and the local startup ecosystem. ER has hosted more than 300 events to date with more than 75,000 participants.

In 2011, Murat co-authored Location-Aware Applications, a comprehensive guide to the technology and business of creating compelling location-based services and applications.

Murat has started multiple technology startups over his career in technology having previously served as a technologist to Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s most well-known brands including AT&T, Sony, Panasonic, Logitech and Pioneer and he has managed engineering teams for Silicon Graphics in Mountain View and Sony Corporation in California and Tokyo.

He is a frequent speaker at technology and entrepreneurship conferences and panels, such as SIGGRAPH, Mobile Marketing Association Forum, Monaco Media Forum, Ultra Light Startups, Siggraph, Abu Dhabi Media Conference and New York Entrepreneur Week.

Murat serves as a Council Member for the US-Japan Council. He is a board member for the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce and an Ambassador for Tokyo Metropolitan Government. He is an advisor at MIT Enterprise Forum, a mentor at NYC Venture Fellows, TigerLaunch, She Loves Tech and S.Korean government’s K-Startup Challenge.

He is also the winner of the New York Angels OPEL award (2013).

Murat holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrics and Electronics from Bilkent University, in Ankara, Turkey.

You can find him at @muratny on Twitter.