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Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
Located in the heart of New York City, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) provides participant companies with an intensive four-month program with the goal of helping early-stage companies progress rapidly into exciting, viable businesses.

Photo of Murat Aktihanoglu, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator Murat Aktihanoglu
Managing Director
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Murat is an engineer, author and technology entrepreneur. He recently sold Centrl, a location-based social networking startup that he founded in 2008. At the time of the sale, the application was the first to offer a free IM-on-a-map-system that was not reliant on SMS.

A tireless force on the NYC tech startup scene, Murat founded the Entrepreneurs Roundtable in 2007. The organization, which holds monthly "short pitch" format meetings connecting investors with promising startups, has created active and engaged communities New York City, Philadelphia, Turkey and Japan, with India and China coming soon.

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 served as a consultant 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. His expertise has been in constant demand; he has managed engineering teams for Silicon Graphics in Mountain View and Sony Corporation in San Jose 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 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.

Representative Investments
Piiku Piiku is a premium video ad network for digital content paywalls. Over 90% of consumers initially abandon sites when asked to register or pay for content access. Piiku monetizes these users through video ads immediately while also helping publishers convert them to paid subscribers over time.
RockerBox RockerBox brings efficiency and effectiveness to digital advertising by analyzing the sites a user visits to determine their real-time browsing intent. We enable momentum-based advertising that drives better performance with smaller budgets. is an online college advisory platform that increases students' chances of admission to their ideal schools, and makes parents' lives and guidance counselors' jobs easier. We show students their chances of admission through personalized " Scores" and provide customized recommendations for improvement.
Metropolist Metropolist publishes collaborative "best of" lists for any local topic imaginable - everything from "LA's 25 Most Decadent Burgers" to "Boston's 10 Dentists Who Won't Make Your Toddler Cry." Our system combines curated topic selection with user voting to produce relevant, comprehensive, up-to-date rankings.

Murat participated in the FundingPost event: NYC Angel and VC Conference on Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 in New York, Sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP, WeiserMazars, Nolcha, FP Angels

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