Aaron Barnes / COO - Online Learning
Aaron serves as Chief Operating Officer of Praetorian Digital. His 8 years of social media experience and ability to navigate equity and debt financings have provided him with a unique understanding how social is transforming business worldwide. He brings almost 20 years of Silicon Valley experience to Praetorian, along with an impressive track record of scaling high-growth companies in sales, marketing and operations, having raised nearly $100M in start-up capital for private market companies. As an angel investor in Simple Energy, he is uniquely knowledgeable about how the public and government sector can benefit from new technology platforms.
Prior to Praetorian Digital, Aaron served in key leadership capacities at Kleiner Perkins and Liberty Media-funded social commerce company Lockerz. In his tenure, he led sales and business development, negotiated the lead term sheet in the announced $36M Series C capital raise, led the acquisition of Plixi, AddtoAny and Vodpod and served in roles covering Chief of Revenue, Strategy and Development. Prior to Lockerz, Aaron served as Chief Revenue Officer for Kleiner Perkins-funded Friendster, Inc. where he ran Global Sales and Business Development over a 6-year period, covering the United States and 3 international offices. His efforts at Friendster were critical in the eventual sale of the company to MOL Global. During his time at Friendster he sourced the Series C lead investor for the company, resulting in a key expansion financing round, in addition to signing three global multi-million dollar deals with Google in the area of AdSense, Ad Manager and YouTube. Additionally, he lead the negotiations and signing of groundbreaking deals with Facebook and Zynga among others. Prior to Friendster, Inc. Aaron held senior sales, marketing and business development roles at Sequoia Capital-backed Quote.com (Lycos Finance), Trident Capital-backed WhenU, Inc., and publicly-traded Looksmart (NASDAQ: LOOK).
On a personal note, Aaron was the youngest professional tennis umpire calling the service line and baseline in the United States during high school and college, where he worked the US Open, Olympics and Davis Cup. He is proud to say while on television he was never yelled at by John McEnroe, Andre Agassi or Jimmy Connors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Pennsylvania and studied Entrepreneurial Management at The Wharton School of Business.