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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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Should make for an interesting case in the Bankruptcy Court as many have come out to challenge RadioShack's (trustee) right to sell the data or to dispute the ownership of certain data. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Probably the most successful and benevolent of the group is Lee Kuan Yew, who died Saturday in Singapore at 91 Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
For example, new technologies in social media always precede profound social changes, such as a move to democracy. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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This was the Tweet that prompted Edward. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
So if the role of government is to be challenged or changed it may well take place in the communications arena (guns being expensive, dangerous and to some extent outdated). Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I discovered a wonderful, unpublicized book called "The Dictator's Handbook", which breaks down how to be a successful, long standing dictator. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
For example, no performing arts center can attract investment capital so maybe such a project is a social benefit. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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I have been thinking a lot about risk recently, in preparation for a course I am thinking to teach on "Assumptions, Risks and Forecasting". Peter Drucker defined a business as a set of assumptions, where the key task is to know the assumptions. Risk as I define it is "variance in cash flow" and not the traditional economic, government, market and technology risk factors most people think about. Those factors are not risks unless they impact cash flow. One of the benefits of this approach to risk is that one does not obsess about risks such as competitors until one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I like self-directed people who take full responsibility. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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Please do not be confused by two consecutive posts on finance. I will return to the broader meanderings of my mind as soon as possible. Also, do not be confused by thinking "things in finance deserve to be remembered" might be a theme for a series of posts. Why should we remember the history of VisiCalc. As the post "Spreadsheets for Life" in Flowing Data points out, spreadsheets have been around for 35 years. I remember the first spreadsheet I used on a Wang mini-computer about 1982. It was love at first site. Having built many, many spreadsheets by hand... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
In class Monday we were discussing a student project. We were debating whether to offer urgent care or orthopedic care facilities to address orthopedic injuries, broken bones and rehabilitation. We all agreed that we needed to survey the target market, but as a quick check I recommended that students research how many people search for urgent care compared with searches for broken leg, sprained knee, etc. I think this would be interesting data and a quick check. I would still expect alot more investigation but this might be a good heads up. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
As more and more companies continue to disrupt the regulated financial service(s) industry, the reliance on commercial banks for finance will be reduced. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
My opinion of the best book on leadership is in this post from 2009 Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This post was inspired by a story in Presentation Zen.. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
In conclusion, the difference between business models for entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship is that one needs to find the partners and construct the matching between market forces and social objective in social entrepreneurship. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The GSJ is an annual 48 hour event where people in over 100+ cities get together to apply design thinking and prototype solutions for a common design challenge. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
A shortage of capital is a major issue in the developing world and the C2FO model helps to organize capital to solve the problem. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Since 2012 I have posted about 40 articles on design thinking. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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One way to combat stagnation is through innovation. What many do not realize is that there are at least three types of innovation, that each type has a specific use.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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How was Microsoft able to develop such a great new mail app, while Google is still constrained by its data. The answer is quite simple. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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For example, in the 1990s nobody in Indonesia produced the quality of design work that Candya Pradipta regularly delivers. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This type of approach has not changed in hundreds of years but the machines to gather data get better and better. No one has thought about how to use pattern recognition to do medical diagnosis. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Many have published stories recently about Amazon pulling its diaper product, including Venture Beat here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 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 Jan 26, 2015 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