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Aaron Williams

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Seattle Area, US

CEO, helloSprout and Director of IT, Pistol Creek Company.

CEO, helloSprout and Director of IT, Pistol Creek Company.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Product
  • UI/Design
  • Front End Engineering
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Immediately

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
  • • Front End Engineering

Involved In

Advisor

Blue Flight Dynamics

Positions

Advisor Blue Flight Dynamics August 2015 - present
CEO helloSprout January 2011 - present
Director of IT Pistol Creek Company October 2010 - present
Manager, Systems Integration - Communication and High Tech Accenture January 2010 - October 2010
Program Manager Microsoft November 2005 - October 2009
Senior Development Engineer StarNet / US LEC June 1997 - October 2004

Education

Northwest Missouri State University

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Company Building
  • • Advanced Leadership
  • • Career Development Training
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Games
  • • Green
  • • Mobile
  • • Social Impact

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Program Management • C# • Cloud Computing • VOIP • Software project management

Key Accomplishments

Founded helloSprout in 2010, launched in 2011.
helloSprout was one of the final Top 4 startups in the first ever Seattle Business Journal TechFlash Cup startup competition. I pitched live on stage to Spencer Rascoff, John Connors, Chris DeVore, Jan Hendrickson, and Thong Le.

Founded High Society in 2014, currently in development.
Have spoken with 3 VCs who all expressed very strong interest and were very encouraging of the concept and current stage of execution.
Currently looking for a technical co-founder to move from prototype to production.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I'm a collaborative founder. I am not a boss or a dictator. I don't command. I try to inspire my team so that we can all achieve great things together as a team. I'm an avid introspective researcher and try constantly improve myself and how I interact with my team and how my coworkers work together.

As an Advisor

I like to listen. Often just talking through a problem out loud allows them to gain new insight all on their own. As we find our own solutions we are encouraged and we become more bold moving forward. When faced with more significant challenges or road blocks I try to help to quantify the core issue. Many times we are hung up on symptoms of problems and focus our energies so greatly on them that we forget to address what caused them in the first place.

To my advisees I try to be not just someone who will help them move, but someone who will help them move a body. I'm on the court, in the game with them. This is life. We get one shot. Let's make it count!

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Claudia Mitchell
We worked together  •  CEO, Universal Cells, Inc and Director, LGMD2I Research Fund.
Aaron is very smart and creative, has high attention to detail and is ready to do a lot of research to find the right opportunity and busine ... ss model. His analytical skills are outstanding and he is very driven and resilient. He also is a very good communicator.
Chris Forsythe
They're my mentor
Because he puts up with inane processes like this one in order to get ahead.
Jeff Hoelter
We worked together  •  Senior Software Development Manager, PayPal. Previously Senior Systems Consultant, SYSCOM.
Aaron has amazing potential as an entrepreneur. With his expertise and ideas it is only a matter of time before he hits it big.
Michelle Williams
We worked together  •  Project Manager, Affirma Consulting and Chief Operating Officer, helloSprout.
Aaron is an amazing person and fantastic entrepreneur. I’ve served on one of his startups (helloSprout) and helped brainstorm with him on ... other business and startup opportunities. He has served as a fantastic advisor with my own career; helping me more than double my salary and encouraging me to pursue a new career in which I am flourishing! He continues to offer guidance and insights into any issues that I encounter in my continued professional development. I certainly would not be where I am today if it weren't for his ongoing motivation and support.

Claudia Mitchell
CEO, Universal Cells, Inc and Director, LGMD2I Research Fund.
Super sharp and talented but always easy to work with and a pleasure to be around. I'd go to work for her in a heartbeat.