Aaron Springer was iStockphoto’s first full-time employee. He started his career in high school doing pre-press in the graphic design industry. A self-taught technologist, he holds a BFA degree and considers himself a left-brain right-brain person. Aaron joined iStockphoto in 2003 and spent the first three months answering customer and contributor e-mails and phone calls because he wanted to understand what the community needed before he started evolving the site. His primary goal in his current role as vice president of research and development is to create unique and creative solutions to critical problems, doing lots of analysis and leveraging the unique strengths of iStockphoto team members along the way. His greatest challenge at iStockphoto is “synthesizing the diverse needs of many audiences, form business users to creative individuals, into a compelling product,” and his greatest satisfaction comes from “getting it right.” In his spare time, Aaron is a photographer and outdoor enthusiast.