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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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Today on Medium I published an essay on these subjects and how they explain many of the large market opportunities that consistently have repeated throughout history: Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
A few of the better books I read this year are shown below: Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Increasingly I come to the conclusion that social problems are caused by the asymmetry of information. Rarely do I see approaches that take this idea into consideration. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
So maybe we can conclude this information concept is important, even if we cannot tell what happened to Continue reading
Much of the content for these talks has been put together over the last 2-3 years based on lectures I have given at several universities. Many people have heard me teach or speak on these themes at StartUP FIU. Many of my colleagues at StartUP FIU can also speak on these topics, if you wish. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
However, to properly develop these approaches we need disciplines such as game theory, behavioral economics and the social sciences such as psychology. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
584 tweets on entrepreneurship and an additional 116 on social entrepreneurship Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I was talking to someone recently that argued that government grants to private companies were the most effective grants because the companies had proven methods to commercialize innovation. The person cited government funding for Tesla, but I can find little evidence of government cash as opposed to incentives going to Tesla. This Tesla example reminds me of a big difference now at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution compared to the Third Industrial Revolution that began in the 1960s with the advent of computing and digital information. In the 1960s government funding was plentiful at top universities like MIT... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I have started thinking about my fourth book, which will be on assumptions or maybe assumptions and boundaries and how they affect the way we think about problems. Thinking about assumptions reminded me of this post I wrote in 2010, "Why can I not Timeshare a Dog" Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Therefore, most of the great thinking in human history was done by methods that were far simpler than AI. I do not think we need to return to the 16th or 17th century methods at the expense of AI, but I do think we need to realize that AI is not a panacea and traditional thinking still has much to contribute. Continue reading
Perhaps this example from AT&T will help people to remember the alternative of open source. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Patterns that repeat in nature and in computer science are the basis for powerful thinking frameworks. Keep your eyes open Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Yesterday's reading discovered some excellent articles: Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
I do not think I have ever posted my work-in-progress notes on a subject. These are unedited excerpts that I put together from my archive as the first step in a new project. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Coincident with this year's course I have been reading the writings of Ludwig von Mises. Von Mises is considered by some to be the leading thinker in the Austrian School of economics. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The book explores ten large market opportunities that have repeated throughout the last 40,000 years of human history. Every methodology for entrepreneurship that I have studied or taught always assumes an opportunity. I thought it was time to address how to find the opportunity beyond the usual advice to follow your passion. Continue reading
Roll forward to today and there are several examples of the transition from push to pull driven organizational models. Continue reading
It has been awhile since I posted a list of the most popular posts here at SF. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
The economic disparity will be exaggerated by the increasing use of AI. AI requires massive processing power and storage for the required data to power the "learning". If you cannot afford such resources one will not be able to use AI to create competitive advantage and will fall further behind. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Of course you may have realized that cities and banks share one common characteristic. They are both subject to significant government regulation. Just like healthcare and education, they are also leading industries to be disrupted. Effectively, the artificial boundary of government regulation is now being pierced by new technology. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Design is the process of going from an existing... Continue reading
For your next entrepreneurship venture, calculating the IT cost might document the opportunity. Note, it might not document the timing. Continue reading
A recent talk I gave on the use of networks to solve social and environmental problems. Continue reading
I have just returned from teaching a program at Babson College Continue reading
WiseTribe is not an organization. It is a movement, of networked individuals, focused on social and environmental change. WiseTribe is an alternative to government for the management of society—for economic, social and political well being. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE