Follow Your Passion and Care for Others

Art Samberg
Art Samberg
Image: www8.gsb.columbia.edu

The founder of family office, Hawkes Financial LLC, Arthur “Art” J. Samberg is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Art Samberg was interviewed by AeroAstro, an annual publication of MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, for its 2016 issue.

In the published interview, he talked about his time as an MIT student who could solve the equations but did not really have a feel for the fields of aeronautics and astronautics, and who considered himself a very average student. Working at Lockheed Corporation, he found he could do the job but realized he would never excel. After earning his MBA from Columbia University, he entered the world of finance, found his passion, and soared.

He later founded Pequot Capital Management, Inc., which at one point became the world’s largest hedge fund. The interview also touched on his generous donations to MIT including the Samberg Conference Center and substantial scholarship aid. His parting words to students is to live life to the fullest by following your passion, whatever that may be, and to care for others.

Financial Tips for Small Business Owners

Financial Tips pic
Financial Tips
Image: entrepreneur.com

Holding extensive experience in both the financial services industry and the field of hedge funds, Arthur “Art” Samberg is the former president of Dawson-Samberg Capital Management. Now operating out his family office, Hawkes Financial, LLC, Art Samberg has enjoyed success in founding his own companies.

Small business owners are often tripped up by the financial aspects of running a company. Thankfully, current technology can make managing company finances simpler. Business owners should look to automate payments wherever possible, which saves them the time that would be required to process them manually. However, care must be taken to ensure the account nominated for payments always has adequate funds.

Procrastination is also the enemy of small business owners, particularly those who are not financially astute. Many make the mistake of putting aside financial concerns to focus on the services their companies provide, leading to confusion when they need to address their finances. The best way around this is to create a schedule that allots some time each day for sifting through the financials.

Alternatively, keep in mind that many small businesses now hire professionals to handle finances. According to statistics published by the Wall Street Journal, 50 percent now have either a chief financial officer or controller. Investing in professional services is increasingly being seen as a means for simplifying and streamlining the financial aspects of small business ownership.

Two Training Tips for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro pic
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Image: traveltips.usatoday.com

An experienced investment professional, Arthur (“Art”) J. Samberg owns Hawkes Financial LLC, a family office based in Katonah, New York, and earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. A philanthropist who has donated approximately $35 million to the institution, he has been honored with the creation of the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence. Away from his work, Art Samberg enjoys physical activities and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2000.

With a focus on aerobic activities that develop cardiovascular conditioning, climbers should train before attempting such a climb. The key here is to work on developing stamina, which means focusing less on pushing yourself to your limits and more on developing the ability to sustain a consistent level of activity over a long period of time.

Develop breathing exercises that allow you to focus on long inhalations of five or six seconds through the nose rather that rapid, shallow breathing. Maximizing your oxygen intake will prove vital as you reach the summit, where the air starts becoming thinner. Taking up yoga can help develop your breathing control while developing your flexibility and increasing your resistance to injury during the trek.

Methods to Value a Startup

Value a Startup pic
Value a Startup
Image: entrepreneur.com

Arthur “Art” J. Samberg is a successful investment professional with the experience of growing a $3 million dollar fund into a complex fund which had over $17 billion in managed assets in the year 2000. A graduate of MIT, Stanford and Columbia Business School, Art Samberg currently operates his family office, Hawkes Financial LLC, in New York, where he applies his investment expertise primarily in technology based start-ups.

A startup is generally defined as a small company that has recently been founded by a single individual or a small group. Startups often provide a service or product that is unique and new to the market, but tend to operate at a loss and require financing as they spend resources on expanding and testing ideas. Investors can utilize several methods to value a startup given these factors.

Cost to duplicate approach – assesses value through expenses incurred and the value of physical assets.

Market multiple approach – estimates value based on the sale of similar organizations, if possible.

Discounted cash flow approach – estimates value based on an expected future cash flow.

Development stage approach – assigns value based on the likelihood of a startup’s path to profitability.