In typical AFTK fashion, we start us with asking Aaron where his passion for technology came form. Aaron tells us how his father got into software development and also how his father got him into writing software. He goes on to share a story from the Engineering Department of Vanderbilt University. Aaron also tells us about his first business at 9 years old.
Cecil asks how MarkedUP came about. Aaron tells us how he went from working at Microsoft as an Evangelist to venturing into his first startup. He shared with us how he was able to leverage his contacts and work with investing to get funding for his company.
Aaron talks about the decline of the Windows Desktop application market and having to shutdown MarketUP. Cecil asks Aaron about the lessons he’s learned through this experience. Aaron describes it as his PhD in Engineering along with an MBA at the same time. Moving on, we get into a discussion about explicit communication and asynchronous workflows for software teams. Aaron then talks to us about Petabridge and the need for an Actor Model implementation in .NET.
Aaron is the founder and CEO of Petabridge, and the co-founder of the Akka.NET open-source project. Prior to Petabridge, Aaron founded MarkedUp Analytics, a real-time in-app marketing and analytics service used by 1000+ developers. Prior to that he worked at Microsoft as a Startup Developer Evangelist.