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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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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
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For several years I have told my students to think like ants. Now I have enough background to defend the position. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This strategy may now be in question. Google and Evernote have announced an agreement whereby Evernote can access Google Drive files. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Innovations create value for customers and allow the business to decide how much value it can capture from the customers. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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I have not seen such a comprehensive (and correct) collection of useful advice anywhere else. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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If you click on the link of Ms. Kardashian, probably best not to do it in the office. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Not sure we need to focus on helping women start companies, but I understand that "woman entrepreneurship" is a way to differentiate an incubator or accelerator. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Scaling may have also been an issue in an ocean food supply. As the article shows, the ocean can be a more environmentally friendly, highly productive food source with modern technology. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Perhaps we have a data point where the private sector addressed and solved a large, complex social problem. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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My TEDx talk on overcoming poverty. The solution to social problems is to empower the individuals. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Perhaps if more CEOs shared their opinions on social issues we could accelerate change and save the histrionics Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The reader should note that each category of opportunity represents a basic, almost primitive, understanding of human beings. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Maybe sell that experience on a subscription basis... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
For some time I have been looking for a phrase that describes what I think is the future direction of software. Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
For the first time in my life..... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
For the last six years I have taught at MIT Sloan School of Management in January. Always the theme of the course is social entrepreneurship. Over the years the emphasis on entrepreneurship and scalability has increased and the thought of the government as a partner is now discouraged. My version of social entrepreneurship--"using entrepreneurship to solve a social problem" ........is probably toward one end of the range of definitions of social entrepreneurship. However, it appears the students appreciate the simplicity of approaching the social problem as simply a new business venture. I think they find it simpler than wrestling with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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A friend sent me a link to WriteLab, an AI-based prose editor. The company was founded in 2013 and an early investor was Mitch Kapor's Kapor Capital. (Kapor founded Lotus, a predecessor to Excel.) Given the amount of writing I do, I had to sign up for a free trial. I took it for a test drive using a chapter from my next book. The chapter deals with how complexity theory applies to opportunity identification in entrepreneurship. Not a simple subject so I thought it would be a real test for the AI. A sample screen of the app, my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Many people believe that we are at or approaching another technology revolution or paradigm shift similar to the steam engine or the transistor. Candidates for the technology to mark the next paradigm shift are artificial intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things (IOT), nanotechnology or perhaps a less publicized technology. The concept of a paradigm shift was first introduced by Immanuel Kant, further developed by Thomas Kuhn and recently explored in detail by Carlota Perez. Perez has done much analysis of the cycle of a paradigm shift, where the last stage is the widespread introduction of the technology in many applications. At this stage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This is a great book for holiday reading if you enjoy: Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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With the holidays beginning, I offer my annual suggestions for book gifts. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
If you enjoy reading about Excel, everything I have written over the last seven years is here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE