About the Author:bradaronson
I’m a husband and a dad. That means I do dad stuff – for me that’s buying Valentine’s candy for our son’s entire first grade class because I missed the emails about no candy allowed in school, serving root beer floats for dinner when Mom is out of town, and thinking it’s a good idea to head up a game of indoor baseball . . . and then having to explain why something new is broken. (Luckily, my wife is understanding.)
Outside family busy-ness, I tend to focus on my other business of entrepreneurship, tech startup investing and mentoring. My entrepreneurial ventures began in junior high, when I shoveled snow, sold iced tea at baseball games and delivered sodas to camp bunkmates who didn’t want to get caught running to the soda machine in the middle of the night. In college, my roommate and I started a student guide business and by graduation we were employing some of our fellow students and publishing guides for about a dozen colleges & universities.
After college I started i-FRONTIER, which grew from the apartment I shared with my best friend into one of the largest and top rated digital ad agencies in the US. We got to do fun work for the likes of Universal Studios, Time Warner, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson. I sold my company to aQuantive, and joined their management team, serving as an officer in the publicly traded company. Microsoft wound up buying aQuantive, and I’ll always love them for that.
Today, I invest in startup companies and spend much of my time supporting youth nonprofits.
I serve as Board President of mentoring program Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. I’m also Board President of Hopeworks ‘N Camden, a program that provides tech training, jobs, housing, coaching and support to help amazing young people in one of America’s poorest cities succeed in life.
I teach entrepreneurship as a way to instill self-confidence, discipline and hustle in young people. I believe in hands-on learning, so everyone in class starts their own business, which has led to many adventures in entrepreneurship.
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