Eyal Aronoff is Co-founder of Quest Software (which was recently sold to Dell for $2.4B) and co-founder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, which is dedicated to ending America’s oil addiction by opening markets to cheaper, cleaner, healthier replacement fuels, such as ethanol, methanol and natural gas.
Aronoff earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in chemistry and computer science from Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv. Working out of the kitchen of a one-bedroom apartment in Princeton, New Jersey, Aronoff developed software programs and co-wrote a book on Oracle databases.
After spending a decade analyzing the economic and geopolitical impact of America’s dependence on oil, and supporting numerous research and policy initiatives, in 2011Aronoff and fellow software entrepreneur Yossie Hollander agreed to invest their time and resources to create the nonprofit, nonpartisan Fuel Freedom Foundation.
Aronoff traces his commitment to breaking America’s oil addiction to his Israeli roots. As a young boy, he lost his father in the 1967 Six Day War. Then, on Sept. 11, 2001, Aronoff’s step-brother and his new wife were both killed in the World Trade Center attack. In the wake of 9/11, Aronoff began to turn his attention to answering the question of how to free the U.S. economy from its dependence on imported oil, which hebelieves would, in turn, help ensure America’s geopolitical security.
Aronoff’s other passion is curing autism. Whereas most of the research in autism is dedicated to genetics and causality,Aronoff is one of the largest donors for clinical trial for actual treatments for kids that are already affected. Eyal traces hisinterest in autism to the time his daughter Leya was diagnosed with autism at age 2.5. Today Leya is a vibrant 16 year-old-girl. Her autism is but a distant memory. Here is Leya talking about her experience at TEDxYouth: You Only Live Once.