Haroldo Jacobovicz

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Businessman, entrepreneur, engineer, investor, visionary, philanthropist and family man Haroldo Jacobovicz, in brief.

 Haroldo Jacobovicz

Home: Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil.   Birthplace: The same.  Age: 61.  Profession: Businessman in the field of technology.  Organization: Arlequim Technologies and e-Governe.  Title: Founder and Chairman of the Board.  Pronouns: He/Him/His.  Alma mater: Parana Federal University; Curitiba Militar School.  Languages spoken: Portuguese and English. 

Current project: Arlequim Virtual Computer.  Recent recognition: Ordem da Luz dos Pinhais Medal, for the relevant contribution with Curitiba.  Recent professional development: Media training with consultant Olga Curado.  Latest contribution to others: The Haroldo Jacobovicz Institute, which aims to promote the entertainment and benefit of children, the elderly and people with disabilities.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Open, create and develop companies from scratch.  Hobbies: Travel, playing with my granddaughter, family time, walking with my dogs, listening to music and reading.  Recent travel or adventure: Disneyworld, with my granddaughter.  Last book read: Made in America, by Sam Walton.  Recently viewed and recommended: WeCrashed (Apple TV+).  Recent unique acquisition: A work of art by Bernard Pras with the reinterpretation of Paul Cézanne’s painting, Arlequim.  

Personality profile: Analytical, detail oriented, logical, practical, straightforward.  What one word or phrase would your closest friend use to describe you? Thought provoking.  Moral compass: Word of honor.  How do you define a perfect friendship? One based on loyalty, truth and justice. How do you define an ideal business relationship? One based on confidence, compromise and continuous evolution. What is your greatest joy? My family.  What is your greatest fear? Injustice.  What is your guilty pleasure? Creative leisure.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? Let’s go ahead.  What natural talent have you neglected? Playing sports in general. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? People who constantly seek to overcome their own limits or situations. 

What three emojis best describe you? 🤔👨‍👩‍👧‍👧🐶. 

What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Anything that gives pleasure.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Being psychologically healthy and surrounded by psychologically balanced people in a harmonious environment.  How do you relieve stress? Working out.  What is your go-to workout? Indoor training.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Family together with a well-planned agenda and pre-booked activities.  

What was your first paying job? Salesperson at Exxon Mobil.  What was your favorite college course? Probability and Statistics.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Chess.  What book have you repeatedly read? Animal Farm, by George Orwell.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? DogVille.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? I am an art lover and I have some beautiful works of art on my walls.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? Entrepreneurs in general inspire me. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Word given is word pledged.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? To maintain a long-term basis relationship with customers.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Artificial intelligence, the most promising and the most threatening one.  What is your favorite app? Shazam.  What is your go-to source of news and information? I read several newspapers and specialized magazines daily. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Observation and analysis.  What company or organization do you most admire? Apple.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? 9/11 and the Coronavirus pandemic.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? The birth of my daughters. 

What is your big idea? Getting into technology at the right time.  What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Offer of solutions and products as a service, based on monthly fees.  What change would you like to see in the world? More collective and less individual.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Always innovate.  What widely held belief do you reject? That a thief who steals from a thief has a hundred years of forgiveness.  Nothing justifies dishonesty.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Life Fully Lived.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Robert de Niro.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My wife, Sarita.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A businessman.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Photo albums.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family.  What advice would you give your younger self? Study more, do some MBAs and learn different languages.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My wedding day.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My twenties.  I would have taken more courses and studied different languages – in addition to English, Chinese and even Arabic. 

Personal mission: Contribute to a better world.  Personal motto: Talent, hard work and a bit of good luck.  Favorite quote: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (Chinese proverb).

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