Aaron Applbaum is a General Partner at MizMaa Ventures. He sits on the boards of Varada, AutoFleet, Cheq.ai, Ottopia, Protego Labs, Bond, SpectralOps and serves as an observer to the board for Aurora Labs. Aaron was formerly Principal and Director at Strategic Cyber Ventures, a cybersecurity focused Venture Capital fund, where he led the firm's efforts to identify investments, played a critical role throughout the evaluation and execution process. He held an observer seat on the board of E8 Security. Previously, Aaron worked on the Direct Investments desk of Hudson Bay Capital Management, a multi-strategy, New York based hedge fund. Prior to Hudson, Aaron spent time in both government and non-profit sectors in defense related fields, including at the Department of Defense, the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Aaron currently sits on the Board of Trustees at the Institute for National Strategic Studies in Israel.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Aaron was raised in Oakland California where he attended Jewish day schools before moving East for University. Aaron graduated from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public International Affairs, where his independent research focused on the intelligence community, Mideast politics and cybersecurity. At Princeton, he was a senior columnist with the Daily Princetonian, on the Alumni board of the Center for Jewish Life and deeply involved with the pro-Israel community.
As a member of Class 25, Aaron is serving his fellowship at MizMaa Ventures under the mentorship of Gill Cogan and Paul Haaga Jr..