Flashsear.net is Aaron Brown, 30-something computer scientist and avid amateur musician, chef, and photographer, currently living in Westchester County, NY. I am not a news anchor for CNN. I spend my days as a senior product manager at Google, where I work on products related to Google search and the Google Knowledge Graph. I previously worked on Google Health until its discontinuation in 2011.
Prior to joining Google, I was an executive responsible for IBM's advanced client engagement around content analytics, text analytics, and information access solutions, as part of IBM's Information Management, Analytics & Optimization services organization in the IBM Software Group.
Before that, I ran strategy and product marketing for the Discovery, Analytics, and Search pillar of the IBM Enterprise Content Management software business, where I was responsible for IBM's offerings for content analytics, eDiscovery, content classification, content assessment, and enterprise search.
Prior to my role with IBM ECM, I did strategic alliance development for Software Group, where amongst other things I built IBM's partnership with Yahoo! that led to the creation of IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition, a groundbreaking no-charge enterprise search engine. Prior to moving over to the business side of IBM, I was a researcher at IBM Research, where I worked on new ways to make big computing systems more self-reliant and easier to administer, and helped develop aspects of the new field of services research. See my professional page for more details.
I grew up near Boston, MA, went to high school in Cambridge, and decided to stick around the area to attend college at Harvard. I arrived back on the east coast in New York in 2004, after a 7-year sojurn to Berkeley, CA, where I picked up a PhD from UC Berkeley, met some wonderful friends, discovered the joys of fresh produce, rediscovered photography, lamented the lack of real seasons, and all in all learned a lot about myself.
These days work keeps me pretty busy, but I try to find time to keep up with my other interests. A big part of my life is filled by music--I've been playing violin since before I was 4 years old, and for many years was the concertmaster of the Prometheus Symphony, a community orchestra based in Oakland, CA. I continue to play today, now with the Yonkers Philharmonic.
I'm also an avid amateur chef, baker, and self-professed lover of great food; I love to cook and to seek out new and interesting restaurants and cuisines. I even once took part in a mock Iron Chef battle (back before Iron Chef was the Food Network-powered phenomenon it is today)--a friend and I duked it out in my kitchen for two hours to see who could create the most interesting and tasty dishes out of the three surprise ingredients unveiled by a panel of our friends serving as judges: cactus, bison, and leeks. Now that's a challenge! (For the record, I came up with cactus paddles stuffed with jack cheese, breaded, fried, and served over a tomato sauce; a leek tart; and pan-seared bison steaks accompanied by mushroom-cognac sauce, roasted new potatoes, haricots verts, and creamy oven-braised leeks.)
Finally, I've always been fascinated with the art of photography, and returned to it after a long hiatus as the digital revolution made it possible to have the power of a darkroom without the physical need for one. I work with a Canon EOS 7D SLR and an Olympus E-P2 micro-four-thirds system, and am having a great time learning and taking pictures. I post pictures on my Google+ photos page, and you can see some of my older albums in this site's archived photo galleries.
The best way to reach me is by e-mail:Or you can connect with me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter @aaron_b_brown.
Last updated: 15-Jun-2013