Data ownership can be a connective force

June 4, 2024

CommonAlly's Founder & CEO, Aaron Lyles chats with Pete Sena on the Forward Obsessed podcast to share his entrepreneurial journey driven by personal passion.

Aaron's entrepreneurial journey began at a young age when he started a snowboarding magazine in high school despite challenges with ADHD. This experience taught him the value of passion, perseverance, and creative problem-solving. After college, Aaron founded a photography firm called Pixel Lab, which later evolved into a video production collective called Multiple Mammals.

The idea for CommonAlly was born out of Aaron's desire to create a more empathetic and less polarized world, especially for his young daughter, in the midst of the tumultuous 2016 election. He raised money from friends, family and dev firms to build the platform. Recently, CommonAlly was acquired by Small Great Ventures, allowing Aaron to continue pursuing his vision with the necessary resources and support. Throughout the interview, Aaron shares valuable insights and candid stories about the challenges of entrepreneurship, from difficult co-founder splits to navigating the acquisition process.

Interested in mission-driven entrepreneurship and the real-world challenges and triumphs of building a startup?

Dive deeper here or check out his full interview on the Forward Obsessed podcast.

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