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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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Recently the Professor wrote an article, "Beijing Blunders: Bull in a China Shop!". Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago 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
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 Jul 27, 2015 at SOPHISTICATED FINANCE
Someone needs to provide a free training program for moderators. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 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