ER106 with Joe Medved on May 9th | Founders: S’17 applications open; initial investment $100K  


Murat Aktihanoglu

Managing Director

Murat is a founder and managing director of ERA. He is an engineer, entrepreneur, investor 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 150 events to date with more than 20,000 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 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. He has established engineering infrastructures and software development methodologies for numerous startups including Improv, Sonicbox, Plaxo, Manyone and Coollris. 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 Mobile Marketing Association Forum, Monaco Media Forum, Ultra Light Startups, Siggraph, Abu Dhabi Media Conference and New York Entrepreneur Week.

Murat serves as a board member for the Turkish American Business Forum and is co-founder of the Turkish Founders Club. He is an advisor at MIT Enterprise Forum, Standard Start, Girls In Tech and the Turkish Women’s International Network.

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