Aaron HillegassAaron Hillegass (born 1969) Is the founder and former CEO of Big Nerd Ranch. Aaron is best known to many programmers as the author of ''Objective-C: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide'', ''Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X'', and ''iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide''.
Between 1995-1997, he was employed at NeXT as a developer and trainer. In 1997, NeXT merged with Apple Computer. Hillegass elected to leave his role to start his own dot-com business. In 2000, he was then contracted by Apple to help train their software developers in the Cocoa application programming interface (API), an evolution of the NEXTSTEP API. This led to the creation of Big Nerd Ranch, a professional services company that originally worked only with Apple technologies. Today, Big Nerd Ranch provides end-to-end mobile solutions for a range of app development projects, including iOS, Android, backend, frontend, Cocoa and UX/UI design.
In 2012, he merged Big Nerd Ranch with Highgroove Studios and demoted himself to Chief Learning Officer. In December 2014, he resumed his role as CEO.
He retired from Big Nerd Ranch in August 2017 and started graduate school at Georgia Tech shortly afterward. He sold his interest in Big Nerd Ranch to Amdocs in June 2020.
Aaron Hillegass is also an investor. In 2014, Forbes Magazine named him one of the top 10 amateur stock pickers in America after his portfolio on Marketocracy earned an average annual return of 16.2% over ten years. He was the original angel investor in Greenlight Financial Technology, Inc. Provided by Wikipedia