Aaron Contorer is the founder and CEO of FP Complete, a data analysis software company working in personalized medicine, financial markets, Internet of Things, and high-performance computing. Earlier, Aaron served as technology advisor to Bill Gates at Microsoft and ran various software engineering and Internet groups for that firm. Aaron also runs the nonprofit Contorer Foundation, focused on sustainability.
A technology leader at heart, Aaron has spent his for-profit and nonprofit careers using innovative analysis, honest data, and latest-generation computer technology to solve important problems proactively.
In 2010, Aaron married fellow FiRe attendee Lori Steele Contorer, founder and CEO of election company Everyone Counts. They live and work in La Jolla, California.
At Microsoft, Aaron helped build Windows, MSN, Visual Studio, and the company's Productivity Tools Team, and founded the Microsoft Big Gift Club for new philanthropists. He also served as general manager of Visual C++, used daily by 3 million professional software developers worldwide. He architected MSN's move to Internet-based server software and later served as full-time technology advisor to the CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates.
At FP Complete, Aaron has made it his mission to modernize how software is built, using advanced technologies known as Functional Programming and Haskell to harness the massive power of multicore and cloud computers in the service of advanced data movement, data analysis, and modeling.
Aaron is an inventor of several patented innovations in computer networking and security, with additional patents currently pending. One of the creators of the "shareware" software business model in the 1980s, he has been an in-house executive of four early-stage software companies, typically as CTO and director. Long ago, he was one of the first programmers hired by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where Mark Andreessen later filled the same position.
In conjunction with his work at Contorer Foundation, Aaron is a co-founder and a director of Equinox Center, a sustainability policy center; and a director of Circulate San Diego, a transportation advocacy coalition. He was named Environmental Leader of the Year by San Diego's Channel 10 News. In Seattle, Aaron helped to build the Kirkland Teen Union Building and served for eight years on the board of the sustainability policy center Sightline Institute.