Murat Aktihanoglu, Managing Partner, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
Technologist, author, entrepreneur and investor, who in New York doesn’t know whom you mean when you say the name, ‘Murat?’ He’s one of the few people in tech in New York who’s easily identifiable by the mention of just his first name.
Ok, so his last name is a mouthful, and usually mispronounced and for the record, phonetically, it’s ‘Aktihanaloo.’
Currently the Founder and Managing Director at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Murat Aktihanoglu is one of the true backbones – and moving forces – of the New York tech community.
Never mind that ERA has fostered 60+ early stage companies in its brief existence. The accelerator was inspired by Entrepreneurs Roundtable itself, a non-profit Aktihanoglu launched in 2007 to help entrepreneurs and investors in New York connect through monthly pitch events. The event expanded to Tokyo, Istanbul and Philadelphia. Over 17,000 entrepreneurs and investors worldwide have attended the events.
He’s an advisor to The Startup Foundation, and the MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC, a Partner for US State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program, founder of the Turkish Technology Network, co-founder of the Turkish Founders Club, a board member at Turkish American Business Forum, an advisor to the Turkish Women’s International Network and co-author of the book, “Location-Aware Applications.”
If the always-approachable Aktihanoglu sometimes seems like a hard man to pin down, it’s only because he’s frequently on the road (or rather, in the air), on his way to consult with some government or other on entrepreneurship. Someone’s gotta do it and he certainly has the chops.
That’s Murat. And one of his favorite words is ‘Awesome.’
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