I am pleased and excited to announce that Aaron Tainter has moved back to Pittsburgh to join Innovation Works as AlphaLab Program Manager. Aaron has been actively involved with AlphaLab beginning with our first class six years ago and his background and venture capital experience will provide tremendous value to the AlphaLab companies.
During his 5 years at Meakem Becker Venture Capital, Aaron developed strong expertise in identifying and working with early stage Internet/software companies across the country. He is skilled in assessing both B2C and B2B business models, including more complex marketplace models and developing financial models for early stage startups. An alumnus of CMU’s Tepper School of Business, Aaron also brings operations experience from Bristol Myers Squibb. Aaron is excited about the growth of the Pittsburgh ecosystem during the past several years and also has an understanding of the national landscape that our companies play in.
Aaron’s connection with the Pittsburgh startup community also includes the Open Coffee Club Pittsburgh which has become a regular event at AlphaLab. A little known fact is that Aaron and Alan Veeck brought the Open Coffee Club model to Pittsburgh in 2007; I remember going to the first coffee club at Crazy Mocha in Sewickley where six of us talked about startups over a coffee table. In addition, my introduction to ShowClix founding team came through Aaron who recognized Josh and Lynsie’s talent and referred the company as a high-potential seed investment for Innovation Works.
Please join me in welcoming Aaron back to Pittsburgh and come meet him tomorrow, February 6th, at Open Coffee Club Pittsburgh.