Aaron is a polyhistoric man of the web. Currently Director of Engineering for Some Spider, Aaron supports the editorial and business teams on scarymommy.com and cafe.com. He is also a WordPress Core Committer that focuses on improving developer happiness and making the internet usable and enjoyable by everyone. He tweets at @aaronjorbin and writes regularly at daily.jorb.in.
Born and raised in suburban Chicagoland, Aaron and has been taking things apart and figuring out how things work since he was a young child. While in High School he was a DJ and remote sport broadcast producer for one of the longest running high school radio stations, was a mediocre (at best) wrestler, and was a two-time finalist in the nations longest continuously running constitution contest.
After high school, he attended college in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While there Aaron co-founded an Improv comedy troupe, served on student government, and became heavily involved in campus event planning. He also served on a variety of university committees, was Secretary General of the Model United Nations club, and served as a TA for two semesters. Also active inside the classroom, Aaron went thought a variety of majors and minors taking classes in Physics, English, and Digital Cinema before finding himself with eventual finding a bachelor of science degree in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Speech Communication.
After graduating, Aaron moved to Portland, OR where he worked with small businesses and non-profit organizations to improve their web presence and productivity. He’s learned that it should never be the technology that stands in the way, and works to create easy workflows that allow you to control your website’s destiny.
After a few years of freelance work, Aaron decided to settle down and move to a quicker paced city. In October of 2010 Aaron joined Clearspring as a web developer on the AddThis Team. While there, Aaron worked on publisher products used by fourteen million domains and one point three billion users every month. While there, he authored the open source PHP Metrics Library Phetric.
While in DC, he cofounded the WordPress DC User Group and spoke throughout the country at WordCamps and other events. In early 2013, he started overseeing meetups for WordPress.
In July of 2012, Aaron Joined Privia Health as Senior Interactivity Engineer where he focused on building great user experiences. While there, Aaron lead front-end development, user experience design, & user interaction design.
In December of 2013, Aaron moved to New York City and took on the role of Technical Architect for the Conde Nast Platform Team. While there, he worked on relaunches of the websites for WIRED, The New Yorker, SELF, and Vogue.
In late 2016, he joined Some Spider as Director of Engineering.
He is a big believer in open source technology and building extremely usable and highly efficient web applications. When not in front of his computer, Aaron can often be found with a glass of whisky or beer in his hand discussing international politics, sports and open source software.