Featured Attendee: Robert Jacobi

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Robert Jacobi
VP Innovation — Perfect Dashboard
Twitter: @robertjacobi


FAST FACTS

Location: Chicago, IL
Domain name you wish you owned: jacobi.com
Favourite extension: .com
Currently reading: Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung by Arthur Schopenhauer
Your mentor: Alexander Hamilton

Q&A

Describe your company. How long have you been there and what led you to this career choice?
Perfect Dashboard is a software security and upgrade provider for for hosting companies, specifically with WordPress and Joomla. As an outside executive mentor to the CEO for one year I learned about the incredible, intelligent, and dedicated team putting together a solution for an industry deeply in need of learning to compete with the SaaS competitors that have emerged. As a proponent of open source solutions, and believer in a more open internet I was excited to be asked to be a member of their executive team.

NamesCon is all about business networking. Can you tell us a story about the success of a meeting at NamesCon?
Simply building a relationship with a mutual understanding of what we each do in our daily settings, and I how I can help you in your professional life.

Can you tell us about how your service or product helps deliver value to your customers?
We support existing and growing hosting companies by reducing support and maintenance costs as well as providing additional revenue streams for existing and new customers.

How does your career compare to what you envisioned in your youth?
I always imagined building things, and from being a software developer to an entrepreneur in multiple companies, I feel the passion and mission has been exactly what I have wanted, just the tools are different.

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?
I help Perfect Dashboard innovate in product offerings and customer acquisition.

Describe the latest and greatest accomplishment in your career.
Becoming the VP of innovation at Perfect Dashboard and President of Joomla (the open source project that runs over 3% of the entire internet).

What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?
They are a very exciting new space and open a whole new landscape of marketing and monetization opportunities.

What fact about you would surprise people?
I speak English, German, Polish, French, and Russian.

What was one of your biggest "A-ha!" moments in life?
It's all about scale.

What are you proudest of in your life?
My family.

What was the best surprise you've experienced so far in life?
Meeting my wife.

Name three things you can't travel without.
Passport, eyeglasses, iPhone.

Where is your favourite place to escape?
Vienna, Austria

What was the best advice you were ever given?
Don't begin a negotiation unless you are prepared to walk away.


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