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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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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
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What caught my attention was the concept of "demand-centric growth". BCG defines demand-centric growth as follows: Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Interesting that consumer-focused Facebook realized their attractiveness as a business product. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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The most important point is No. 4, where Brainspace tries to articulate the new role of the individual employee. However I think that words like collaboration, workflow and processes, Twentieth Century words, do not accurately capture the new environment. I think ants, as famous in complexity theory as ducks, may be a better way to describe this new organization. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
It might be easier to identify new products looking for ways to disrupt existing products rather than the more traditional ways used in the food industry. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
One of the most challenging issues in corporate management is the training, development and support of employees. The current environment increases the challenges for the reasons listed below Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
On November 13 I will be teaching 3rd graders at a school in Hialeah. I will be teaching the Marshmallow Challenge, an international design challenge where children typically outperform adults. As part of this event I am trying to raise $1000 in donations, of which 50% will go to my class in Hialeah and the remainder goes to other classes. To donate please go to this page. This event is part of the annual Teach-A-Thon program of the Education Fund. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This example is further proof that the private sector can disrupt government and reduce its scope. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Usually I am at one university campus or another and rarely get to center city. This week is no exception: Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
What all of these examples make clear is that the concept of a corporation changes to address the opportunities to extract additional value. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Would you have researched wearables well enough to draw the insights bolded above? Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This story from Official Google for Work Blog about using a new chrome extension in the classroom brought the point home again. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Here are the three reasons to scale a business: Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Recently the Professor wrote an article, "Beijing Blunders: Bull in a China Shop!". Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
By chance I talked to some industry people on this topic last week. They say that their analysis shows that driverless cars will Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Students all come to entrepreneurship with the wrong preconceived ideas Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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Just to say it again, applicants of any age will be considered. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The following is the third chapter in my new book "Scaling Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons learned from One Laptop per Child". The book is available in paperback and e-book versions on Amazon. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I am excited to see government regulated industries disrupted because it will lower the cost of Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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"The adhesive one-touch buttons instantly order predetermined refills of detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and other household items." Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE