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I hate writing these. But I’ve noticed that people like to click on the About pages, so I should say something about myself.

I got started down this path because of a girl. (All great achievements in history, by men at least, probably could start with that exact sentence.) I was a poor starving college student at Yale, and met this young woman from Stanford. Long distance phone calls were swiftly draining my bank account of beer and pizza money, and letters took too long to get delivered. They took too long to get written too, now that I think about it.

A CompSci roommate tipped me off to this thing called “electronic mail” that I could use to send messages to people at any college in the U.S. Of course, I had to go to the computer labs, and learn UNIX… which isn’t really a core requirement for a degree in Philosophy… but such is the power of love lust that I did exactly that.

The relationship did not last, but I got hooked on this new Internet-thing, especially USENET Newsgroups and IRC. And because I taught myself UNIX and knew how to work with things like vi and emacs, I got a job as a sysadmin (yeah, with a Philosophy degree) at a quantitative hedge fund in NYC. While there, I beta tested some new thing that a friend of one of our resident geniuses (quant funds don’t have bankers; they have physicists and mathematicians) had developed called HyperText Markup Language. Or HTML.

Two doors down from me was this guy Jeff Bezos, who also beta-tested HTML.

I used HTML to create our company phone book. Jeff did some other things with it instead. I hear they worked out pretty well for him.

Make an entirely too long story much shorter, I’ve been a reasonably successful entrepreneur, lawyer, advisor, marketer, business planner, championship card player, glamorous Hollywood guy, and fashion consultant. Along the way, I fell into doing interactive marketing for real estate at Realogy, and find the real estate industry to be a fantastic anachronism as it comes to technology and marketing. But there’s so much promise, and I can see change for the better coming, and right soon.

I currently toil as the VP of Marketing at Onboard Informatics, a data and technology provider to the real estate industry. This is my personal blog, which I started since Onboard wasn’t going to sic the lawyers on me for having a personal blog in which I opine about various topics in marketing, technology and real estate and generally make a nuisance of myself. Onboard has nothing whatsoever to do with this blog, and everything on this blog is my own personal opinion, not reflective of the management of Onboard, etc. ad nauseam. In fact, I also write on our corporate blog, OnBlog.

Don’t make me put up an actual legal disclaimer boilerplate, thanks.

Instead, let’s just converse.

I can be contacted at rsh2k1 = at = gmail = dot = com or via Twitter at robhahn.

-rsh

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Anon permalink
    August 20, 2008 10:16 am

    Rob, Please provide a private way to contact you (like email).

  2. August 20, 2008 1:20 pm

    @Anon – hrm… I suppose I should… Okay, updating About.

    -rsh

  3. brandieyoung permalink
    January 19, 2009 11:00 pm

    Hi Rob,

    Ok, this is getting strange … first, I get to know you better (online) via the Gary V thing. Then, I read about you – you’re a marketer, me too. Reology – know folks at Apollo, and Relogy companies. We’re both in RE related fields – AND, the gig I just left is a client of being with Onboard.

    That’s it! I officially have a Twitter crush on you!

    p.s. do you get free stuff from Amazon?

  4. March 6, 2009 3:30 pm

    Wow, I’m actually kicking myself for not reading this sooner. Entertaining Ivy League awesomeness that tries to avoid pompous with a splash of wit and a dash of self deprecation. Well done. I guess, Yale teaches something after all. Plus you forgot to mention how dashing, debonaire and embarrassingly good looking you are.

  5. April 16, 2009 9:11 am

    Bezos…that name rings a bell.

    Ha, this was a great read, had no idea all of the things with which you have been involved. I look forward to hearing why “glamorous Hollywood guy, and fashion consultant” are on the list the next time I see you!

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