Our Team

Our management team brings together years of expertise in video technology solutions. Together, they’re working toward the goal of creating the most sophisticated video platform designed to serve modern media companies.


Alper Turgut


Alper is a serial technology entrepreneur and business development executive. In his most recent venture, Verkata LLC, Alper led the product vision and brought marquee customers (e.g., Motorola, British Telecom, AOL, Virgin Mobile) on board carrying company to profitability merely in two years. Previously he co-founded Aligo Inc., raised over $24 million from venture funds and strategic partners including Motorola, Inc., as a strategic investor. His venture was featured in Newsweek Special Edition, and received numerous prestigious awards such as Red Herring Magazine’s “Most Likely to Succeed” Award, “Wireless Ventures Awards” (two years in a row), Java Developers Journal “Blue Ribbon” and “Best Product” Awards.


Ismail Haritaoglu, Ph.D.


Ismail is one the leading experts in computer vision research, machine learning and mobile applications. Ismail leads the technological research and product development. Prior to Anvato, Ismail was as a chief scientist leading ground-breaking machine vision and video surveillance research for the US Defense Agency and the US Military. Previously, Ismail was a research staff member at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California where he invented and architected, InfoScope – a networked mobile imaging solution for language translation. InfoScope was recognized worldwide; it won numerous awards including “Best Invention of 2002” by the Time Magazine.


Mehmet Altinel, Ph.D.


Mehmet spearheads Anvato’s advertising infrastructure and data analysis back-end. Mehmet is one of the leading experts on large scale data access and processing. He joined Anvato from IBM Research, where he innovated, architected and delivered pioneering technologies, shaping future directions of IBM’s Information Management products. At IBM, he was the founding member and technical lead in the DAMIA (DAta Mashup Fabric for Intranet Applications) project, which became the centerpiece of recently announced InfoSphere MashupHub product. He also architected the DBCache prototype, which allows dynamic caching of partial content from backend databases.


Oztan Harmanci, Ph.D.


Oztan leads Anvato’s content identification and digital video processing efforts. His expertise lies in digital video compression, processing and communications. Prior to Anvato, Oztan was with DoCoMo USA Labs where he developed next generation video compression methods and peer assisted video streaming technologies. He has developed video compression and \watermarking methods for MPEG4 simple profile and H.264 baseline profile video codecs over error prone communication channels. He also invented a method for low bitrate digital video watermarking.


Anvato is funded by Oxantium Ventures; a premiere technology investment group supporting companies at seed, early, and growth stage by providing capital, insight, and years of experience in research, industry, and government. Headquartered in Washington, DC with a global investment strategy, Oxantium’s team invests to shape tomorrow by empowering passionate and talented entrepreneurs from imagination to innovation to commercialization. Its technology focus areas include emerging computing, wireless everywhere, collaboration, and enabling technologies.