He is a Turkish software engineer who developed the famous social networking services of his time. He received both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. His research at Stanford focused on Web search and efficient PDA usage. He introduced his first social network, named Club Nexus at Stanford in the fall of 2001. Club Nexus was the first college-specific social network.
It was a system built to serve the networking and communication needs of the Stanford online community. Students could use Club Nexus to send e-mail and invitations, chat, post events, buy and sell used goods, search for people with similar interests, place personals, display their artwork or post editorial columns. Within a few months of its introduction, Club Nexus attracted over 2,000 undergraduates. He said: “My dream was to connect all the Internet users so they can relate to each other, it can make such a difference in people’s lives.”
Currently, he is a product manager at Google. He also is a certified masseuse, an avid ballroom dancer and likes to make chocolate fondue. His webiste was shut down September 30, 2014.