My name is Emre (pronounced Am-Ray) and I'm the founder and CEO of Grou.ps which is one of the first, if not first, private social networking platforms. I've started it in late 2005.
Grou.ps is today part of Grou.ps Inc, a small profitable social networking company located in Silicon Valley and Istanbul.
Grou.ps, at its peak as a free service, boasted 8 million monthly unique visitors (accordingly to Google Analytics) at a time when Facebook had 250 million monthly actives (2010 baby). Today it serves a smaller audience, though all from paying customers, including some marquee names worldwide.
Since then, we've been working hard toying with new ideas and amassing a portfolio of intellectual property via patent applications, while building up the business in new categories, as described by Owen Thomas. The Grou.ps story is still developing...
Prior to Grou.ps I worked at hakia, an AI startup (before it was cool) which was my first step to a work visa in the US. hakia's semantic search technology was a predecessor to Google's -what we call today- Knowledge Graph. I joined hakia after a short internship stint at Princeton University Wordnet Project which was also my first time in the US.
During college (Bogazici University) from 2001 to 2005, I worked on several projects. Dilmaca, now open source, was a web-scale machine translation software that did a decent job for a mechanical approach. Although the challenges were of academic level. Having realized Dilmaca wouldn't monetize anytime soon, I stopped and moved on to something else, Turkix, which paved the way to a small acquisition (at the age of 20!), and some financial relief.
Turkix was the first Linux distribution that supported all Turkic languages. Eventually Datron, then the leading laptop producer in Turkey, approached us to bundle it with their low-end models and replace Windows. As part of Turkix, I also led Apache Software Foundation's Turkey operations, built a community of volunteers and hatched the first version of Turkish httpd documentation. Last but not least, SimpleKDE, which was a desktop environment that came with Turkix gained so much traction that I got invitation from KDE headquarters to join their KDE Quality team; a proud moment for a 20-years-old kid.
Today, I can be found blogging about open web, social, cryptocurrencies and AI on AltPlatform, a tech blog I've co-founded with Richard MacManus.
Patents (w/ pending and provisionals)
- (*) Measuring health and fitness data using proximity sensors and mobile technologies(PCT/US2015/048437 )
- (*) Using proximity sensors for receiving signals in a facility (PCT/US2015/053363)
- (*) Method and System for Statistically Determining what Social Network Context to Share a Particular Content With (USPTO #14325714)
- (*) ... and tens of more in the fields of social networking, semantic search, cyber security
I support free press. In 2009, in light of increasing bans on social media sites in Turkey, I've formed Eylem 2.0 which gathered thousands of members, and raised awareness on the issue. During Gezi protests, I've tweeted my VPN access and helped
72 hundreds of my followers access social media sites at a time of tough censorship. 🤓
Bloktan oturu sosyal medyaya girmekte zorlanan arkadaslarim icin Almanya'daki VPN sunucumun bilgilerini paylasiyorum: http://t.co/3Ly7EcQ6BH— Emre Sokullu (@EmreSokullu) June 1, 2013
Contact You can reach me via the first letter of my first name followed by my last name, at, google's hosted email service. I don't promise that I am responsive but I try.
Favorite Stocks $NVDA, $AMD, $GDDY, $BIDU, $DIS, $FB, $IBM
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