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Eran is the co-founder and CTO of Harmonix Music Systems, one of the pre-eminent game development studios in the world, having developed over a dozen critically acclaimed music-based video games. Harmonix was founded in 1995 on the principle that non-musicians should be able to experience the sheer joy of music creation – normally something only afforded to accomplished musicians. Beginning in 2005, Harmonix developed Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero 2, fueling the explosive growth of the music games category to over $1 Billion in sales. In 2006, Harmonix was acquired by MTV/Viacom, and shortly after Harmonix launched the innovative, award-winning franchise titles Rock Band and Rock Band 2. In 2008, Eran and fellow co-founder Alex Rigopulos were named in the Time 100 — Time Magazine’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

Eran is one of the mentors in our new Boston program. Eran worked with several of our companies this summer and did a session called “Harmonix: Lessons Learned.”

Eran not only invented Guitar Hero, but he’s a true Rock Star when it comes to working with startups. We couldn’t be happier to have him as one of our many awesome mentors here at Techstars.

David Cohen
(@davidcohen) Founder & Managing Partner of Techstars, previously founder of several technology companies. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com