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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 turnarounds for early stage and middle market companies in North and South America. Capital raising is provided when required. 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 in the Florida International University Graduate School of Engineering. He taught a course in social entrepreneurship in January 2011-2014 at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of "Billion Dollar Company: An entrepreneur's guide to business models for high growth companies". He has spoken at many universities including HBS, Sloan and IESE. He also does paid workshops in Spanish and English on a wide range of business topics related to growing a business, 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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Many have published stories recently about Amazon pulling its diaper product, including Venture Beat here. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The original definition of social entrepreneurship using value creation and value capture was developed by Felipe Santos in an INSEAD Working Paper. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
There was much discussion this weekend about Jerry Neumann's article, "Heat Death: Venture Capital in the 1980s", which chronicles the evolution of the venture capital industry from its start in the 1960s. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Innovation is defined in a classic way as "invention that is commercialized", which in the vernacular would be decribed as entrepreneurship. Other findings from the article are quoted below: Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The story talks in part about how Wall Street types everywhere in the world adjust their behavior in the face of new government regulation. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Right after reading the article I received a phone call. Transcript follows. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Obviously there is much handwritten material of historical significance beyond war journals that we should transcribe to digital. Might even be a way to teach foreign languages based on the material selected. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Pretty girls teach us something about the Internet. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Friday morning I attended an event on how large companies can use innovation in business model to generate revenue growth. A previous post on this theme is "Innovation in Large Corporations". Much of the discussion focused on alternatives for partnering between startups and the Fortune 500 as a means to foster innovation. Some alternatives include Venture capital investment Joint ventures Spinning off skunk works projects Sharing problems I particularly like problem sharing where the Fortune 500 brings a problem to a startup, design firm or university and the resultant solution is commercialized through a new business. However, sharing problems brings... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
If Google and Microsoft were to follow my advice and each spinoff one of their two major businesses, then almost every major software applications company would be a single product company. Hmmm, interesting. Continue reading
I suspect the people who use Feedly are better read and likely more intelligent than the average Internet user. Therefore, the feed "#Feedly" might be a high quality curated feed. Continue reading
One issue that has troubled me for about two years is Einstein's comment that "he visualized the theory of relativity ... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Much larger are the domains that do not lend themselves to mathematical approaches, such as most things that involve politics, emotion and the arts. In these areas, design thinking is one peferred approach. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
What the article does not discuss is how the CEO needs to change at each stage. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
IT technology is transforming how financial markets work and it is time to take a completely new look at regulation. Continue reading
I bought my first cellphone in 1984, the year the "Motorola brick" was released Continue reading
From Google+: What did the turkey say to the computer? Continue reading
Of course the article got me thinking about the big takeaways for me from the last five years. My findings. Continue reading
Three years ago I shared a public file from Evernote that includes all my clipped articles on entrepreneurship. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This morning a friend said they had no real idea of what I do. They said they needed specific examples to be able to really understand. These are the examples of the questions I answer and the projects I gave him: Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
One of the more thoughtful set of interview questions I have had. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Lada makes the argument that Putin invaded Ukraine because ...... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The author believes that the ability to innovate in developing partnerships is a key expertise that young social entrepreneurs need. Continue reading
Recently I have had a rash of requests from women to speak to their boyfriends, lovers and fiancés about moving to and working in Miami. Maybe there is some truth to Miami becoming a high tech ecosystem, although I really don't know what that means. All of the men worked in tech and none of the women. Yes I know--gender inequality in tech for women--but I do not think that is why I get these requests. A perfect stranger, someone I met once at an event, asked me to speak to their beau. Maybe there is a business here, facilitating... Continue reading
Let's suppose we look at five key parts of the business model: Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE