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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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About ten years ago I began teaching entrepreneurship at a university, which lead to the realization that I needed to study more about entrepreneurship. The study of entrepreneurship still continues, but I have expanded my study to include learning and complexity. These three themes are actually part of an integrated whole, if one considers Henry Mintzberg’s concept of emergent strategy, but today I just want to discuss entrepreneurship and complexity. To set the stage, let me define entrepreneurship and complexity. I think Harold Gardner at HBS defined entrepreneurship well as “entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Someone needs to provide a free training program for moderators. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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I advocate that one try to establish a movement to support the social objective, something akin to Gandhi, Mandela and King. That may look like a difficult undertaking, but OLPC achieved that objective--worldwide 1:1 computing for children. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Most interesting part of the story is that the CEO established the program and teaches a course once a month. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
For a new product or project, a rubric should evaluate the feasibility of commercialization Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I had lunch with a friend yesterday. He is about sixty and works as a corporate executive. He is a perfectionist in everything he does, which has included a wide range of interests from physics and violin to now painting. While showing me his paintings which are a combination of Escher and Monet and quite good, he mentioned that he was now seeing the world differently. He said he has found a new appreciation for color, perspective and shapes. After we talked about his new level of appreciation for things artistic, we tried to find an explanation for this appreciation.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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Drucker's way of thinking about critical assumptions is demonstrated well by this figure from the European Innovation Institute. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I have collected 1100 entrepreneurship articles from similar sources all selected by me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Options 2 and 3 allow for multiple opportunities to create value beyond just the code base from the platform. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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This quote in a story in Fast Company caught my attention: "...a system in which a program can be written to find an answer—or to execute a smart contract that can buy something, sell something, or do something. In aggregate, a group of smart contracts could run what is known in Ethereum-speak as a "decentralized autonomous organization" (DAO) or a "distributed autonomous corporation" (DAC)—in other words, a corporation distilled to its most basic tasks, and operated by little more than code and the logic of if this, then that." (emphasis added) Companies will have a single asset, a code base... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
These limitations in people determine the various stages of development for a company. If the owner adapts and changes the way the business is managed, the company can move on to the next stage of development. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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There is another more meaningful way to think about risk: Assumptions=Risk=Cash Flow Variance Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Several people today commented on the challenges of transitioning a business from one generation to the next Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The book I recommend is Complexity and the Economy by W. Brian Arthur. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The Miami Herald reports that Carnival Cruise Lines is forming a new division/company where the onshore excursions will be to work with local people on socially beneficial projects Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The Russians were never able to achieve sustainable colonies in Alaska, which prompted them to sell Alaska to the U.S. government for a mere $15 million. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This is the first article in eight years of writing this blog where I would just reprint the article. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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I found the more valuable parts to the article to be: Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The takeaways from the conference: Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
But maybe the future is Canada will have a knowledge sector doing small-scale things like software design for local projects but not anything like its own Silicon Valley. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Based on my experience in Indonesia growing a billion dollar company in seven years, I thought there was a fourth strategy--access to capital. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
A trend I see emerging is for such exchanges to bridge service providers in developing countries with clients in developed countries. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Good people, good project. Something Miami needs--more environmental awareness through entrepreneurship. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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When you have to solve a complex problem, set a very fast pace for the process so people do not have time to be judgmental.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE