Aaron Newton

Aaron Newton

Head of Product at Thanx Inc

San Francisco Bay Area

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Aaron Newton's Overview

  • Board Member and Committer at MooTools
  • Product Designer and User Experience Developer at Cloudera
  • Startup Guy / Founder / Product Designer at Iminta.com
  • Senior Product Manager at CNET Networks
  • Product Manager at CNET
  • Product Manager at CNET Download.com Music & Video
  • President and Co-founder at Epitonic.com

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Aaron Newton's Summary

I’m at my best when I’m working on highly technical, user facing challenges that combine numerous technologies to create something novel. I’m well versed in agile development concepts, product management, hiring and management. The ideal product is one that enriches my life in some way; I don’t have to be the primary customer, but it’s nice to be one of them.


Product Management, Product Design, Information Architecture, Technical Design, Management (of staff), Hiring, UI/Graphic Design, UI Development

Aaron Newton's Experience

Head of Product

Thanx, Inc

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

February 2012Present (2 years 8 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Thanx is a next generation, data driven loyalty application for consumers and off-line merchants. As head of product, I'm responsible for product development of both our consumer facing mobile apps and our merchant customer tools.

Board Member and Committer


Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

March 2006June 2012 (6 years 4 months)

Product Designer and User Experience Developer


Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Computer Software industry

February 2009May 2011 (2 years 4 months)

Conceived, designed, and developed the user experience for “desktop” like user experience with numerous applications for distributed computing on the Hadoop platform. Recruited, hired and managed front end development team.

Startup Guy / Founder / Product Designer


November 2007February 2009 (1 year 4 months)

Founded, designed, and implemented with the help of a co-founder the social aggregation service Iminta.com, which entailed brand, graphic, and UI design, UI development, web development, fund raising, PR, etc.

Senior Product Manager

CNET Networks

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; CNET; Online Media industry

January 2007November 2007 (11 months)

Managed requirements and drove product design for network wide CMS system intended to provide unified architecture for numerous CMS solutions (i.e. one platform, but numerous applications editing different kinds of data).

Product Manager


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; CNET; Online Media industry

September 2005January 2007 (1 year 5 months)

Managed the development of numerous user engagement and interface design projects for various products. Designed, implemented, and tested prototypical interface designs. Performed usage analysis, demographic analysis, user testing required to ascertain viability of prototypes.

Product Manager

CNET Download.com Music & Video

December 2003September 2005 (1 year 10 months)

Launched CNET’s free mp3 hosting/download service. Hired editorial staff, customer support staff, and business development staff. Developed revenue model, worked with product marketing group to create enticing sales opportunities for advertisers.

President and Co-founder


January 1999December 2003 (5 years)

Founded, designed, built, and developed www.epitonic.com. Raised capital, hired staff, developed business plan, was press figure of sorts with quotes in Wall Stret Journal, Wired, New York Times and otheres.

Aaron Newton's Projects

  • MooTools

    • January 2009 to Present
    Team Members: Aaron Newton, Jan Kassens, Tim Wienk, William Waddell, Valerio Proietti, Thomas Aylott, Sebastian Markbåge, Arian Stolwijk, Guillermo Rauch, Scott Kyle

    MooTools is a compact, modular, Object-Oriented JavaScript framework designed for the intermediate to advanced JavaScript developer. It allows you to write powerful, flexible, and cross-browser code with its elegant, well documented, and coherent API.

Aaron Newton's Publications

  • Mootools Essentials: The Official MooTools Reference for JavaScript and Ajax

    • Apress
    • August 18, 2008
    Authors: Aaron Newton

    Mootools is a light, modular javascript framework that makes adding Ajax, animations, and interactive elements to your site a breeze. This Mootorial firstPress book was the first definitive book on the popular open source Mootools framework.

Aaron Newton's Skills & Expertise

  1. Product Management
  2. Hiring
  3. Project Management
  4. Team Management
  5. Product Design
  6. Public Relations
  7. UI Design
  8. MooTools
  9. JavaScript
  10. Mootools
  11. User Interface Design
  12. Information Architecture
  13. Entrepreneurship
  14. Data
  15. Web Development
  16. Start-ups
  17. User Experience
  18. Interaction Design
  19. Git
  20. Mobile Applications
  21. Agile Methodologies
  22. PHP
  23. Ruby on Rails
  24. Product Marketing
  25. CMS
  26. Usability Testing
  27. User Interface
  28. Ruby
  29. JSON
  30. HTML 5

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