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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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The lesson to be noted here is that every medical services company should constantly be working to reduce costs, especially marginal costs, because an Aravind-like competitor could be right around the corner. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Interesting notion that economics was in part defined by the math available at the time. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Not surprising that the computers are being programmed to think in ways very similar to the inventors of AI Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Short of companies hiring convicted felons or their equivalent.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
A comprehensive presentation of the various techniques and processes to deal with complex problems would have been interesting contribution to the leadership literature. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
As pointed out above, Seymour Papert was a Founder of the AI Lab at MIT and worked with Minsky and Kay. Papert's path looks to me like mathematics, psychology studying under Piaget and then learning and cognitive thinking. Another example of someone who followed the similar path described in the blog.
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I believe the evolutionary path is mathematics--computer science--artificial intelligence--cognitive learning. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Definitely a complex question suitable for design thinking and it ties in nicely with two topics--neuroscience and AI--that I plan to expand in the seminar. May be too tough a question for under graduates. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I took to explaining creativity as a slot machine where when the three apples line up, out pops the creative idea. Metaphor is not my strong suit so I was very pleased that I had a metaphor to explain a complex subject--creativity. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This story in Cultural Entrepreneurs provides a nice history of the efforts to define the term. I like the following definition from the article: Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Two interesting articles on the history of economics: Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Nancy Duarte is one of the premier presentation story tellers in the world. For example, she did Al Gore's Ted Talk on the environment. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
This quote from Stephen Wolfram describes the opportunity well. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Last Tuesday, March 11 [2014] I was interviewed on Entertaining Business which airs at 4PM Miami time on 880AM radio. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
On Thursday, March 20 I will be speaking at Family Office 2014 Outlook in Miami. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I start my classes in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship by discussing recent articles I have read (that are shared with students before class). Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
If you have not been paying attention, more and more of what was considered random behavior is now being explained by math. To satisfy this standard of explanation, the math must be able to accurately forecast behaviors. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Branding is the values that a product or service represents. Values can be tangible (e.g low calorie) or aspirational (e.g. life long learning). These values dictate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The user generated content on LinkedIn is the reason I use the website. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
“What we create … we fill in with our own thoughts and feelings.” Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Given that most companies do not routinely sell to government agencies, arranging surety bonds can be a challenge. This SBA webinar may be of interest. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
For both thoughtful and learned writing on such subjects I highly recommend the blog. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
That which is abundant has a marginal cost that approaches zero. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
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The StarterKit is described beautifully in the image below. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The book deals with the history of neuroscience, AI and thinking, with a dash of epistemology and meta-ethics thrown in for completeness. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE