About

Hi, I’m Aaron! I teach in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Duke University and I co-founded RocketBolt.

If we were living in the early 1900s, I’d be called a “Renaissance Man.” If this were the late 1900s I’d be called either “well rounded” or “unfocused” depending on whether I was applying to college or applying for a job, respectively. These days, however, people like to call me an entrepreneur. Here’s why…

I’m a Duke English major (class of 2005) who earned a PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I specialized in digital humanities. I’ve written articles on Homer, Shakespeare, Eliot, Dickinson, and Whitman. I also published my first book, The Krzyzewskiville Tales, when I was 20.

At some point during my academic English endeavors I decided I should learn to code. I started hacking PHP, then learned Python, and now I mostly work in Javascript/Node. I’ve gotten pretty good at this “engineering” stuff, too. I’ve been named named a Microsoft Fellow, and I’ve developed apps that — in the time it takes you to finish reading this bio — will have processed requests from tens of thousands of active users.

A few years into my coding career I caught the entrepreneurial bug and decided I was going to build a successful tech company. Hasn’t worked out so well yet, but I’ve learned a lot along the way. I’ve graduated from three of the world’s top tech accelerators — DreamIt Ventures, The Startup Factory, and 500 Startups — which is basically like telling you I’ve repeated the second grade three times. And my current company is doing well, so maybe I’ve finally learned something useful.

So that’s me. It’s your turn to tell me about you. Let’s connect on either Twitter or Instagram: @AaronDinin. I always enjoy swapping war stories with fellow web travelers — mostly about higher ed and startups, but occasionally the revolutionary kind as well.

Instagram

  • Walked into the @dukeinnovation Bullpen and was excited to find @kdhoch. I hear #dukeinsiliconvalley was fantastic, but I'm glad to have him back in #durham. Though, after five weeks on the Left Coast, I was kind of hoping he'd have frosted tips. #ohwell #entrepreneurlife
  • 4th of July celebratory steak dance #happy4th #steak #babycarnivore
  • Catching a summer lecture by my favorite @dukeuniversity undergrad professor, Dr. George Gopen. 12 years later, he's still showing 400-person auditoriums how the #grammar rules they learned in grade school hurt their #professionalwriting. Lesson #1: "Context controls meaning." #rhetoric #memorylane
  • Ended the morning with the right amount of fingers and toes. My yard ended the morning with one less tree. #yardwork #homeownership #imissrenting
  • Puppy birthday ice cream! Happy 7th birthday to my favorite ball of fur. #furbaby #puppy #doggyicecream
  • Shook off 2+ decades of rust to build a block masterpiece today. Looking forward to #fathersday 2021 when Adeline is old enough for us to break out the real @lego sets 😊
  • Love when my @dukeinnovation graduates want to Skype to discuss a post-Duke #startup. 
Hopefully they're all competing to be my first student to produce a unicorn. 
Don't let me down @jordanmartinez15 🤞 
#entrepreneurship #hustle #duke2017
  • Only thing better than a geeky discussion about #sales pipelines with @adwerxre VP of Sales @cleithe is doing it over drinks on top of the @thedurhamhotel #saleslife #entrepreneurlife #playinghooky #durham
  • While updating an investor today I used the phrase "shopping for unicorn saddles." When we tried to figure out what that actually meant, here's what we came up with. Any better ideas? #entrepreneurship #startups #venturecapital #unicornsaddle🦄
  • Tate caught a rainbow while moving into our new house. Is that a good omen, or were the former owners of my house Care Bears? #lucky #potofgold #notinkansasanymore
  • Carference Call (n): A video conference that takes place in your car because you booked meetings too close together. #entrepreneurship #startups #hustling #randomparkinglot
  • Finally getting to use my fancy new parking permit in my fancy new parking lot thanks to @kdhoch -- my personal parking guru 😉 #toolazytowalk

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