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Robert Hacker
Miami, FL
Robert H. Hacker is a strategist, financial consultant, author, professor and speaker. He manages GH Capital Partners in Miami, FL, a boutique firm that focuses on integrating strategy and finance. P| 305-742-8222 email rhhfla at gmail dot com
Interests: Bob manages GH Capital, a financial consulting boutique in Miami that focuses on growth strategies, acquisitions and complex problems for early stage and middle market companies in North and South America. For 35 years he has worked in the private sector principally in Asia and Latin America. He built a billion dollar publicly traded company in Indonesia and prior to that provided strategy consulting for ten years to Fortune 500 companies in Japan. He began his career as a lending officer with Chase Manhattan Bank. He is the former Chief Financial Officer of One Laptop per Child Association and an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at Florida International University in the Honors College and the Graduate School of Engineering. He has taught a course in social entrepreneurship in January 2011-2015 at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also teaches the local and national Goldman Sachs 10KSB program. He is the author of "Billion Dollar Company: An entrepreneur's guide to business models for high growth companies" and "Scaling Social Entrepreneurship". He also does paid workshops in Spanish and English on a wide range of business topics related to finance, leadership, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. "My interest in technology is what gets me up in the morning; my ability to develop strategies is how I differentiate everything I do; my knowledge of finance is how I earn much of my living."
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Therefore, most of the great thinking in human history was done by methods that were far simpler than AI. I do not think we need to return to the 16th or 17th century methods at the expense of AI, but I do think we need to realize that AI is not a panacea and traditional thinking still has much to contribute. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Perhaps this example from AT&T will help people to remember the alternative of open source. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Patterns that repeat in nature and in computer science are the basis for powerful thinking frameworks. Keep your eyes open Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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Yesterday's reading discovered some excellent articles: Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I do not think I have ever posted my work-in-progress notes on a subject. These are unedited excerpts that I put together from my archive as the first step in a new project. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Coincident with this year's course I have been reading the writings of Ludwig von Mises. Von Mises is considered by some to be the leading thinker in the Austrian School of economics. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The book explores ten large market opportunities that have repeated throughout the last 40,000 years of human history. Every methodology for entrepreneurship that I have studied or taught always assumes an opportunity. I thought it was time to address how to find the opportunity beyond the usual advice to follow your passion. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Roll forward to today and there are several examples of the transition from push to pull driven organizational models. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
It has been awhile since I posted a list of the most popular posts here at SF. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The economic disparity will be exaggerated by the increasing use of AI. AI requires massive processing power and storage for the required data to power the "learning". If you cannot afford such resources one will not be able to use AI to create competitive advantage and will fall further behind. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Of course you may have realized that cities and banks share one common characteristic. They are both subject to significant government regulation. Just like healthcare and education, they are also leading industries to be disrupted. Effectively, the artificial boundary of government regulation is now being pierced by new technology. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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Design is the process of going from an existing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
For your next entrepreneurship venture, calculating the IT cost might document the opportunity. Note, it might not document the timing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
A recent talk I gave on the use of networks to solve social and environmental problems. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I have just returned from teaching a program at Babson College Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
WiseTribe is not an organization. It is a movement, of networked individuals, focused on social and environmental change. WiseTribe is an alternative to government for the management of society—for economic, social and political well being. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Increasingly I believe that we can form a new social contract using the new technology available to transfer increased decision making authority to the individual. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
One of the domains that is studied at the MIT Media Lab is the use of computers in early childhood learning. Both Marvin Minsky and Seymour Papert said that the computer would only make a meaningful contribution to learning if we could find new ways to learn through the computer. Clayton Christensen from HBS shared the same view in his book on disrupting education. For example, flash cards on a computer was no better than the old paper flash cards. Khan Academy and all the MOOC programs did little to change how people learned (although they had a profound impact... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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I believe that the economic prosperity of individuals can be achieved through individual empowerment and entrepreneurship. Regardless of whether one discusses poverty, equity or the wealth gap, empowerment combined with entrepreneurship provides a solution that offers the most effective approach. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
It has been quite awhile since I wrote about a new market opportunity. I tend to write about opportunities that I think are underappreciated. Schopenhauer said that art makes our emotions tangible (or real). This unique mission is what, in part, makes the arts precious. Since the earliest days of computing people have been trying to bring this technology to art. However, typically they make the same mistake we see in edtech. If we use technology to duplicate an analog experience, do not expect a different outcome or much user uptake. Music streaming might be the one noticeable exception, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The Master Algorithm should be required reading for everybody. If you want to understand AI, this might be the only book you need to read. No math in the book. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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To quote a saying I like, "non-profit is a tax status and not a mindset". Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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I will be giving a talk (with an exercise) on "Validating the Idea" for StartUP FIU on Thursday, June 16 at 615 pm at the MARC Pavilion on the Doral campus. This talk will be a good example of the content that we will be giving to teams in the incubator program starting in September. To apply to the incubator, please go to the StartUP FIU website. I am the Director of StartUP FIU and the strategy is described in this Miami Herald article. Related articles My New Book on Social Entrepreneurship Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Rarely do I read an article and think that everybody should read the article. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE