Ian Aaron, ConnecTV
Ian Aaron is a 20-year digital media maven with a broad range of domestic and international experience. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ConnecTV, the biggest social network designed for TV and sports fans.
Aaron founded ConnecTV in 2008 with Stacy Jolna and Alan Moskowitz. The groundbreaking social TV platform recognizes the television program you’re watching and instantly syncs to your second screen, automatically triggering relevant content and unprecedented local context. The company is partnered with ten of the biggest local broadcasting companies including Belo, Cox, Gannett, Hearst, Scripps, and the Washington Post-Newsweek Company, representing 73 million households nationwide.
Aaron previously served as CEO and President of public and private companies, including the leading global mobile content and marketing company Twistbox Entertainment, where he increased revenue from $2 million to $40 million in just three years.
Prior to working at Twistbox, Aaron served as CEO and President of Gemstar TV Guide (NASDAQ: GMST), TVN Entertainment and SoftNet Systems (NASDAQ: SOFN). Aaron’s expertise includes major restructurings, turnarounds, startups and advising private equity and venture capital-backed firms in the areas of mobile, social media, digital mapping and large-scale video services.
Aaron began his career in R&D and Product Development at GTE residing both domestically and in Japan. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pictometry International, a private equity-backed leading provider of geo-referenced aerial image libraries and related software, and VDIO, a new and innovative streaming social video service created by the founders of Skype. Aaron has served on the boards of various telecom media and technology companies globally and is a frequent speaker at mobile, digital media and investment banking conferences.
Aaron graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in Electrical Engineering and International Business. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his two daughters and son.