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Aaron Lee

Entrepreneur

Aaron was the co-founder of Redbeacon and former CTO of The Home Depot. He worked in product design and engineering at Redbeacon. Before that, Aaron was one of the founding engineers on Google Video. He later became the Tech Lead on YouTube monetization, building products that spanned AdSense, AdWords, and YouTube.

He was also a Launch Engineer, helping launch many other Google products and mentoring and promoting engineers. Aaron received his Ph.D. in Computer Graphics from Princeton and had interned at NVIDIA, Microsoft Research (where he received a Microsoft Fellowship), NASA Ames Research Center and Lucent Technologies.

He has published papers in SIGGRAPH, IEEE conferences, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/10/981014074645.htm and http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/131544/building_your_own_subdivision_.php. Aaron earned an M.A and B.A. from the University of Cambridge with first honors in Computer Science. Aaron holds six patents with others are currently pending. Read more
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    I first connected with Aaron during a usability research project he was conducting. Aaron was professional and knowledgeable about the product as he guided me through the steps he needed me to use. He was open to suggestions and, unlike some I worked with in the past, never got defensive or made excuses when I commented on things I thought should be different.

    Since then Aaron and I have discussed additional aspects of the project and promoting it to the public. Aaron has been very approachable with new ideas while maintaining focus on the needs and schedule of the project.

    I wholeheartedly recommend Aaron as a usability expert!

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    Having been fortunate enough to work with Aaron, I have seen first hand his professionalism, kindness and overall passion for the projects he takes on. From start to finish, Aaron has been a real pleasure to work with and I would highly encourage others to utilize all his skills!

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    Thanks Rob! It's been a real pleasure and your feedback and insight definitely helps shape our product direction!
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    Aaron is one of the most solid, tech-savvy, down to earth startup advisors you could find in Silicon Valley. Not only does he command excellent engineering chops, he also has sharp business acumen required to give insights to many fledging or struggling companies. Unlike some who are just about talks, Aaron gets things done in a methodical and data driven manner that just oozes confidences into whoever is working with him. Can't recommend highly enough!

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    Aaron has immense insights and has been extremely helpful. With his depth of knowledge and intuition he has been a valuable sounding board.

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    Aaron is a phenomenal advisor - one of the few people who actually makes the effort to understand the context of the situation before providing excellent suggestions. Highly recommended if you can get him involved.

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    Camilo Acosta (CEO at PayByGroup)

    Added by Aaron Lee

    Aaron is simply brilliant. It is rare to meet angel investors who provide value beyond money and Aaron is one of the best. He is an experienced entrepreneur, and with that comes fantastic expertise and wisdom on a variety of challenges a startup company faces on the journey to success. I strongly recommend getting him involved in your company if you can.

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    Dick Talens (Chief Growth Officer @ Fling // Co-Founder Fitocracy)

    Added by Aaron Lee

    Aaron was a mentor of ours from 500 Startups. When the program was finished, I wrote this note to Dave McClure, Paul Singh, and Christine Tsai:

    "Just wanted to tell you all that Aaron Lee is a fucking awesome mentor. He gave us instructions/introductions for scaling Fitocracy to meet the demand of our Red Bull campaign. Fast forward a few months... he follows up to make sure everything went ok and offered to invest as a sign of good will. I dropped by his office to grab coffee with him, and we literally had the most amazing conversation on distribution and retention. I've never seen anyone so brilliantly able to give such great business insights, while at the same time talk to us about tech at a super granular level. IMO, he's exactly what a 500 Startups mentor should be."

    Highly recommended!

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