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Aaron Matos

Founder & Executive Chairman


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I’m a builder. I’m obsessed with growing & building businesses, products, and people. Today, I have the pleasure of working with some of the most dedicated people in HR tech, building Paradox and our conversational AI assistant, Olivia. Did I mention we’re always looking for A+ talent? I’ve been a tech founder/CEO for over 20 years, which means I’ve seen the journey of the Internet and SaaS, and I’m on a constant evolution to help become a better person & leader.
I went into HR in college because I figured if you got the “people thing” right, a company could do amazing things. I left HR, and I’ve since found a happy place between doing this in my own companies and doing this in some of the most innovative companies in the world.
When I was about 10 years old, my parents gave me the gift of learning with a TRS-80 Model 1. I learned in the early 1980s to program in BASIC and helped me learn from an early age that computers can do amazing things. I love the intersection of people & technology. Today, I miss having the dev tools at my fingertips - but my engineering team is happy that I don’t.
I’m obsessed with reading; and have too many books to count. I’m humbled by all those that share their wisdom with us. I consider part of me to be a long lost artist who loves to be surrounded with beauty, simplicity, and art. My hobbies include design, architecture, art (viewing not creating), aquaculture (and ponding/aquatic ecosystems), landscape design, and bass fishing. I've learned that my mashup of hobbies all have something in common - and it's a love of systems.
I was an avid (on & off) cyclist (depends on the year), proud three-time Ironman finisher, and former collegiate tennis player. I'm married to the "real" Olivia, and we have a little one named Beckett.