Robert

Robert Hoffer

ABOUT ME

My focus has always been helping people to get the most out of their lives with computers. First by helping make computer chess games available to the masses, then by teaching people how to use early computers like Apples and PCs in my family’s computer store, then by making access to big directories like yellow pages and white pages easy on the web and then by putting the first natural language bots in instant messenger. It’d be great to see a world one day where everybody can have universal access to the power of computers. I think that will be soon.

  • Born In
    Manhattan
  • Languages
    English
  • Hobbies
    Sailing, Photography, Bread-Baking, Guitar, Travel
  • Website
    www.roberthoffer.com
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Testimonials

Robert is a close friend and mentor who has an awesome intuition for the implications of emerging technologies and business models in the marketplace. Excellent in meetings, Robert rapidly builds concensus using innovative ideas and persuasive argument.

Denis Ford, Sr. Business Planner, Microsoft Azure at Microsoft

Robert has insight and depth into technology market trends. He’s also a creative thinker. Highly differentiated value and skills from other similar banks/advisors.

Andrew Weissman, Union Square Ventures

There is no faster working mind than Robert’s when it comes to anayzing a deal’s potential and structure. I suggest that if you ever work with him that you get a good night’s sleep.

Peter Levitan, Advertising Agency Business Development Consultant, Author & Angel Investor, Founder of the ChatBot SmarterChild

Robert us beyond smart–and shrewd. His product was both ahead of its time and directional and breakthrough in the bot world–Robert’s always been a great talent

Susan Mernit, CEO, Hack the Hood, ED/Center for Media Change

Professional, engaging and well connected – I enjoyed my experience with Robert at Newforth Partners

Tony Surak , CEO at Wireless Registry Inc.

Robert’s breadth of experience in business is enormous and is only surpassed by his creativity and enthusiasm for innovation

Ron Knowlton , CEO & Founder at RarePlay.com, ElasticSwarm.com

Wow- what a dynamic and “connected” fellow.
It’s hard to have a discussion in the modern high tech world without running into Robert or someone he knows well.
As for brainstorming in a constructive & efficient manner, you’ll never find anyone better. I heartily endorse Robert Hoffer.

Bruce Berkoff , VP Product Line Management at InFocus

EXPERIENCE

Set strategic directions. Manage day to day operations.

Managing Director - Dhando Investments, Inc.

2008 to present

Define strategic investment decisions.

CEO - Nerds, Inc.

2005 to present

Manage day to day operations. Set strategic direction.


EDUCATION

Columbia University

1982-1984

History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

Jacksonville University

1981-1982

Literature


SKILLS

Entrepreneurship
90%
Strategy
80%
Start-ups
85%
Management
80%
Venture Capital
100%
Business Strategy
75%
Corporate Development
70%

My Work

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  • Articles
  • MyPics
  • Patents
  • Talks/Vidoes
  • Patents
    Patents
  • Nerds Inc. Turns Typos Into On-Line Advertising
    Nerds Inc. Turns Typos Into On-Line Advertising
  • Do You Have Bicoastal Disorder?
    Do You Have Bicoastal Disorder?
  • Why botsters need to get a CLU
    Why botsters need to get a CLU
  • SmarterChild creator says today’s bots need personality and soul
    SmarterChild creator says today’s bots need personality and soul
  • The oral history of Radiohead’s GooglyMinotaur, a chatbot ahead of its time
    The oral history of Radiohead’s GooglyMinotaur, a chatbot ahead of its time
  • 'It Has To Have A Soul': How Chatbots Get Their Personalities
    'It Has To Have A Soul': How Chatbots Get Their Personalities
  • A Photo Gallery
    A Photo Gallery
  • A Video Gallery
    A Video Gallery
  • The trouble with bots: A parent’s musings on SmarterChild
    The trouble with bots: A parent’s musings on SmarterChild

CONTACT

  • E-mail
    robert@nerds.com
  • Skype
    roberthoffer
  • Resides In
    Manhattan, Miami, San Francisco, & Cannes

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