Aaron Kaufman

Originally from Washington, D.C., Aaron started his career working at the intersection of business, journalism and politics after graduating from Kent State University in 2010. Prior to joining Elite Daily, Aaron spent time at Bloomberg BNA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Turkey, Middle East and North Africa Department. Aaron has also worked in public relations at FleishmanHillard and Brodeur Partners' Washington offices. In his spare time, Aaron likes to travel and surf, though he wishes he had time to do both more often.

The College Senior Who Took A Dorm Room Startup To The World Cup Main Stage

Daniel Fine was 12 years old when his younger brother, Jake, was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes. “That was the beginning for me,” Fine reflects. “His diagnosis was one of those things that was absolutely devastating, but in a way, it changed…
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10 Reasons Why Any True Washington DC Native Hates Tourists In The Summer

When the first cherry blossom blooms, they swarm to DC like frenzied locusts. They’re easy to spot. Clunky cameras draped loosely their necks. Neon fanny packs affixed tightly to their hips. Splotches of sunscreen smeared haphazardly across their fac…
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ISIS in Iraq: Did The US Help Create A Terrorist Group That Might Be Worse Than Al-Qaeda?

In the film "Charlie Wilson’s War," Phillip Seymour Hoffman, cast as former CIA Afghan Task Force Chief Gust Avrakotos, offers a cautionary tale to those who try to prophesy the outcome of any action. “There's a little boy and on his 14th birthday he…
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Don't Call It A Comeback: The Old Dave Chappelle Is Gone Forever, But There's Still Plenty To Love

A herculean shadow formed against a sheer backdrop as the DJ boomed, “Ladies and Gentleman, Dave Chappelle!” The curtain rose and there he stood.  A steady stream of smoke crept upwards from his lit cigarette as he patiently waited for the vociferous…
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The Future Is Here: How Solar Roadways Went From Indiegogo To Being Installed As Soon As Next Year

It seems the wait for the first solar roadways in America might soon be over. In the small town of Sandpoint, Idaho, plans are already underway to replace public asphalt and concrete surfaces with solar panels as early as next year. Scott and Julie B…
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19-Year-Old Figured Out How To Clean Up The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch In Just 10 Years

Global warming isn’t the only environmental nightmare that scientists are struggling to solve. Millions of tons of plastic waste litter the world’s oceans, converging together in rotating currents called gyres and blanketing the water's surface. On a…
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9 Reasons Why The President Of Uruguay, José 'Pepe' Mujica, Deserves The Nobel Peace Prize

José “Pepe” Mujica’ is the one-time guerrilla fighter turned head of state. He is the former revolutionary ideologue who was shot six times by police in the 1970s, tortured, imprisoned for 14 years (three of which were spent in solitary confinement i…
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The Ultimate Millennial Cheat Sheet To Understanding The World Of Bitcoin (Video)

In 2009, a mysterious computer programmer using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto created a new digital currency called Bitcoin. Five years later, the cryptocurrency has catapulted to the world's main stage. But what's behind Bitcoin's exploding popular…
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Who’s Really To Blame For The Rising Cost of College?

As I watched my girlfriend cross the stage in Lincoln Center’s lavishly decorated Avery Fisher Hall to receive her master’s in social work from NYU on Wednesday, I was filled with mixed emotions. First and foremost, I felt proud to be dating someone …
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Why Cities And Businesses Fail To Attract Millennials And What They Can Do To Fix It

I must admit, I have never considered LinkedIn to be a particularly valuable social media platform. To me, it always seemed like Facebook’s ugly, uninteresting stepbrother; an outlet for older professionals to stroke their egos by accumulating “colle…
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The Difference Between A Mom And Mother: Why I Appreciate What My Mother Has Done For Me

Dear Mom, I love you. I know that I don’t say it enough. I wish I said it more. Instead, I wait for an occasion like Mother’s Day when I can run to the store, buy a card that expresses some generic sentiment that loosely applies to our relationship, …
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Dying To Be Thin: The Dangerous Online Communities That Glorify And Promote Eating Disorders

In the late evening hours of Jan. 26, 2007, Kristi Lanford logged onto her Live Journal blog from her home in Kirkland, Wash., one last time. “I feel like all I do lately is talk about suicide and depression and I don't want it to come across like I'…
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How Much Do Grades Really Matter?

At the age of 16, Richard Branson founded The Student magazine, which he distributed to his fellow classmates at Stowe School in England. Despite taking to entrepreneurship at such a young age, Branson struggled in school, barely graduating, and opte…
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8 Simple Steps To Reduce The Financial Burden Of Your Student Loans

With commencement season fast approaching, college seniors will soon be swapping their book bags for briefcases. Unfortunately, these soon-to-be graduates are leaving campus life behind and entering the "real world" at a particularly trying time. Wit…
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The 10 Best US Cities For Millennials To Live And Thrive In

Graduating from college and entering “the real world” can be a challenging adjustment, to say the least. After spending four years (in some cases, more) living among peers your own age, who share similar interests and values, leaving campus-life behi…
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The ADHD Crisis: The Ugly Truth Behind Pharmaceutical Companies Strategically Drugging America

John B. Edwards III appeared to have a promising future ahead of him. Graduating from Wellesley High School, just outside of Boston, Mass., in 2006, Edwards was both class president and valedictorian. Boasting a 4.0 high school GPA, Edwards would enr…
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15 Things Every Person Should Know Before Moving To New York City

There is nothing quite like living in the Big Apple, but if you’re a new transplant to the city, it can be a little overwhelming. It’s been four months since I uprooted myself from Washington, DC, on a quest to see if I had what it takes to make it i…
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This New York Man Lost $50,000 In Uber Referral Credits After He Gave A Driver A One-Star Review

Living in New York as a young person, frugality is born out of necessity. For Jericho, Long Island resident Blake Jareds, thriftiness took the form of an entrepreneurial enterprise. After noticing an offer from Uber that awarded users a $20 credit fo…
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9 Reasons Why Going To College In The Midwest Will Be The Best Time Of Your Life

Raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC, I was nervous about moving to the Midwest for college. For those of us born and bred on the East Coast, Middle America seemed like a foreign country. I worried about committing myself to spending a monotonous …
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The Startling Statistics That Prove Venture Capitalists Are More Likely To Fund White Males Over Minorities And Women

Venture capitalists are in the business of picking winners and losers. Without their early financial backing, companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft might never have taken off. By definition, venture capital is early-stage funding for start-up…
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