Entrepreneur. Designer. Facilitator. Mentor. Advisor.
Aaron D. Bare is a High-Growth Entrepreneur who has sold 12 companies, and built numerous others as a co-founder, business strategist and/or advisor. Aaron is Chief Facilitator & Curriculum Designer of Startup School at Arizona State University. He is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Arizona Commerce Authority, rated #1 in Entrepreneurial Activity by Fast Company. He is former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business & Fulton School of Engineering, rated “#1 Most Innovative” University by US News and World Report. Aaron is former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Thunderbird School of Global Management, the #1 International Business School in the World, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the National Association of Sales Professionals, the World’s Largest Sales Association and Founder of Buzz Mouth, an international digital advertising and business strategy firm. His clients include Coca-Cola, Dell, Dannon, Emerson, Comedy Central and Telemundo. Aaron has also worked closely with storied brands including Facebook, Nike, Disney, Google and Microsoft. Aaron is also associated with Google Ideas, a Think/Do Tank turned Technology Accelerator called Jigsaw and works globally with several organizations seeking to disrupt Violent Extremism and Illicit Networks’ movements. His work is highlighted in Wired Magazine’s Danger Room and recently participated in the McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum, on how to promote freedom and democracy. Aaron “AB” Bare and business partner Alan “AP” Powell have gone on to become founders in several strategic projects including EventMob, Celebrate Arizona, the Bridge Forum, Arcadia Insurance Group (AIG) and the Checkered Flag Run Foundation making an impact on a variety of different industries. Aaron Bare is also Chairman of the Arizona Collaboratory, a digital finance initiative for the state of Arizona, with partners including the Arizona Commerce Authority, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Arizona Small Business Association, Arizona Technology Council, BioAZ and Black Chamber of Arizona. The goal for the Collaboratory is to be the largest economic engine for the state of Arizona in 5 years – creating jobs, promoting collaboration and bringing digital finance to the economy. Aaron Bare is involved in companies engaged in Real Estate, Investment Banking, Joint Venturing and Commercial Insurance to round out his business portfolio. Aaron speaks often about disruption, innovation and digital finance through a series of speeches sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and to conferences such as the Global Sales Summit, Singularity University, Tijuana Innovadora, Hyper Island in Australia, the Russian Science Technology and Education Consortium, Startup Conferences and Fortune 500′s such as Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. Aaron’s success and proven performance as a leader in his field garnered him acknowledgement as “35 under 35” Entrepreneurs; “40 under 40” Leaders; also selected as Most Innovative Company of the Year; and, featured in the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Fast Company, and Inc. Magazine. Aaron was a former management consultant with Accenture and a money manager with the Vanguard Group. Aaron has written the book Bare Selling and is responsible for the curriculum for Purposely and Startup School. He is currently finishing a book called “Disruptive Influences: How Exponential Entrepreneurs Will Save the World!” that is due out in late 2016.