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Aren Kaser

Advisor Greater Seattle Area, US

Founder, Principal, Igor Institute and Adjunct Professor, Seattle University.

Founder, Principal, Igor Institute and Adjunct Professor, Seattle University.

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Igor Institute
Igor Institute

Positions

Adjunct Professor - Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Graduate Program University of Washington August 2014 - present
Adjunct Professor - Sport Administration and Leadership Graduate Program Seattle University June 2013 - August 2016
Sports Writer and Content Editor Bleacher Report March 2008 - August 2008
CEO, Founder Igor Institute April 2013 - present
Adjunct Professor - Graduate Programs University of Washington August 2014 - present
Adjunct Professor - Graduate Programs Seattle University June 2013 - present
Co-Founder, CEO Igor Institute April 2013 - present
Managing Director - Hardware FounderDating November 2013 - October 2015
Marketing and Communications Manager Synapse Product Development December 2010 - April 2013
Director of Communications and Marketing University of Washington January 2010 - December 2010
Director of Marketing and Communications Seattle University March 2003 - January 2010
Sports Writer and Content Editor Intern Bleacher Report April 2008 - June 2008
Development Assistant Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston September 2001 - August 2002

Education

Seattle University Administration and Leadership 2006 - 2008
Washington State University 1995 - 1996

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Hardware
  • • Robotics
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Product Development
  • • Hardware Engineering
  • • Manufacturing
  • • Hardware Marketing and Strategy

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Public relations • Brand Development • Creative Direction • Marketing Communications • Social Media Marketing

Key Accomplishments

Transitioning from a career in non-profit/higher education to the product development world was a natural fit; the ability to do more with less, focus on the story behind the products we engineered, and keeping people-focused were all skill sets that were deeply needed in the hardware space and I was luckily to have had a strong background in those areas.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

A multifaceted and varied industry experience, ability to plan, create, design, and understand and direct technically an entire project from concept to delivery.

As an Advisor

I start by putting together a team of advisors on my end that can help solve business and technical challenges. From there, cutting through the high level details an advisee faces and getting straight to some tactile actions that can help push a process forward is where I get most involved.

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Sean Murphy
We worked together  •  Hardware product innovation and commercialization. Domestic and Asia based manufacturing. Director, Product Engineering, Igor Institute.
Aren is passionate about product development and creating novel solutions to difficult problems.
Brian Barr
We worked together at Synapse Product Development
Ideas and energy. Those are two things Aren is never short on. On top of that, he's driven to succeed, possessed with limitless passion and ... curiosity, and recognizes new opportunities better than anyone I know.
Beau Gunderson
We worked together at Synapse Product Development  •  Senior Software Gardener, Practice Fusion. Previously Software Gardener, Singly.
Aren is the hardest working person out of anyone I've ever worked with. He doesn't stop until things are done. He also comes up with more id ... eas than anyone I know (and knows the difference between ideas that have potential and those that don't).
Steve
They're my current cofounder
Aren always amazes me with his willingness and enthusiasm for diving into anything to work through a problem, regardless of whether it is so ... mething he knows about or not. He's also very resourceful, quickly finding the information we need, or the people we need to talk to. He has a grasp of engineering and product development that does surprise me (as he is not an engineer himself), while also being very capable of running a business and taking care of everything, from the biggest things that need to get done to the smallest minutiae.
RJ Lincoln
They're my friends  •  ME and Supply Chain at Moment
Aren is very driven and self-motivated. He's also great with people and always looking to get involved with the start-up community. He'll ... offer his thoughts and guidance unsolicited, which he has done for me on a number of occasions, with nothing in it for him, just the chance to help a friend. He's also been working diligently on his start-up, as well as getting involved with many groups and even going to the SXSW V2V convention to talk on a panel about how to be successful in the hardware development and start-up world. Those are just a few of the many things that already make him a great entrepreneur today. I can only imagine how great he'll be in the years to come.
Sean McBeath
They're my current cofounder  •  Founder & Mechanical Engineer, Igor Institute. Rice grad. Can't get enough of engineering in education and well-thought design.
Aren has a gift for connection. His relationships with the people around him grant him a unique opportunity to build things that would other ... wise be impossible. But he's not just about designing the big things: He'll track down the details and make sure that the little things are getting done behind the scenes, too. He's been invaluable at Igor, not only helping form the vision for where we want to go, but in keeping all our ducks in one sock as we're headed there...

Steve Lowe

Steve will make an awesome entrepreneur.

RJ Lincoln
ME and Supply Chain at Moment
RJ will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Bridget Miller, PE, LEED AP

Bridget will make an awesome entrepreneur.

John Kiechel

John's experience and leadership in the product and hardware space are unmatched. A natural mentor and creative mind, John has the ability t ... o create truly unique experiences and interactions.

Ruan Pethiyagoda

Ruan is an emerging software genius with the innate ability to both interact and understand business processes, emerging technology, and an ... eye for the finite details that will make an idea successful. Having connections and skills that range from the technical to the ethereal, Ruan is a born influencer and connector as well as someone who just gets S%&t done.

Beau Gunderson
Senior Software Gardener, Practice Fusion. Previously Software Gardener, Singly.
Beau will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Mathew Chasan

Mathew will make an awesome advisor.

Mathew Chasan
We worked together at Synapse Product Development  •  Founder / Principal, The Big Incredible - Software / Firmware / Connected Devices and Instructor, Hack Reactor. University of Washington grad.
Mathew has the ability to be both technically proficient and interpersonally intelligent allowing him to provide unmatched leadership and un ... derstanding.

Zebrick Roach
We worked together at Synapse Product Development
Zebrick is both highly skilled in product development and the technological aspects of hardware design as well as capable of strong team lea ... dership and decision making. As an entrepreneur Zebrick would excel in all areas needed to be successful.

Zebrick Roach

Amazing pedigree in product development and ability to speak to differing groups who need hardware support.

Conrad Herberholt

Conrad has the knowhow and interpersonal skills to effectively bring a startup, technology organization, or hardware company to the next lev ... el as a co-founder and advisor. His understanding of finance, funding, and capitalization would be an asset to any emerging company.

Ron Dicklin, PE
Previously System Architect/Program Manager, Synapse Product Development. Previously CTO and Co-Founder, Root Metrics, Incorporated.
Not only does Ron have the experience and time in the hardware industry to help any startup through the entire product development process, ... he is also an amazing engineer and systems architect allowing him to bridge the divide between technical and bigger picture seamlessly.

Craig Hummel
We worked together  •  Partner, VoVina' and Founder, Funkymunkybiz, LLC.
Craig has the unique ability to develop new business leads, understand the technical roadmap of any project, and nurture existing relationsh ... ips crucial to executing on time. Further, his experience and leadership in hardware product development spans critical technological achievements over the last 20 years.

Marco Micheletti

Marco will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Rob Bangerter

Rob will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Matthew Hefferon

Matthew will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Ren Livingston
Co Founder, BlockBand LLC and Owner/Founder, STDIO1.
Ren will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Brian Doll

Brian will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Sean Murphy
We worked together  •  Hardware product innovation and commercialization. Domestic and Asia based manufacturing. Director, Product Engineering, Igor Institute.
Sean's background in both engineering and design as well as his intimate experience in bringing experiences and ideas to market make him wel ... l suited to help companies and entrepreneurs navigate product development from conception to manufacturing and beyond.

Wallace Kempkey
I admire Mother Nature and envy the efficiency of birds' wings flapping through the air or the way fishes' fins slice through the water.
Wallace is deeply passionate about bringing his clean energy technology to market. Personable, dedicated, and a strong vision makes him a gr ... eat co-founder candidate.