Scaling Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned from One Laptop per Child

Scaling Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned from One Laptop per Child

by Robert H. Hacker


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Scaling Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned from One Laptop per Child by Robert H. Hacker

This book is a practical guide to developing a scaleable, social entrepreneurship venture (SEV). The author uses the popular "business model" concept and shows the important modifications that are required to build large, sustainable organizations to address social problems in the developing world.

The author spent three years as the CFO of One Laptop per Child, one of the largest SEVs, and worked for over twenty years in the developing markets of Latin America and Asia. In a ten year period in Indonesia, where per capital income was only $600, he built a publicly traded billion-dollar retail company. Much of the thinking in the book has been shared with students at Florida International University and MIT Sloan where the author teaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514707388
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Robert H. Hacker has over 30 years of financial and operating management experience in the U.S. and internationally. He has served as a CFO and COO for 14 years and provided strategy consulting to Fortune 500 companies in Japan for 10 years. He is the former Vice Chairman, CFO and Board member of a publicly traded Indonesian company that grew from $40 million to $1 billion in annual revenue in seven years.

Bob manages GH Capital Partners, a management consulting firm focused on early stage and middle market firms in North and South America. The firm focuses on growth strategies, acquisitions and complex problems in business development. Bob also acts as an advisor to early stage high tech companies and is actively involved in two internationally recognized advisory networks. He teaches on the Miami and national faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.

Bob is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship and has a new book, "Scaling Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned at One Laptop per Child", coming out Summer 2015. He has taught social entrepreneurship in the Honors College at Florida International University (FIU) for three years and at MIT Sloan (IAP) for five years. He is the former CFO of One Laptop per Child, an education project for children in the developing world that was started at the MIT Media Lab. He has also taught entrepreneurship for nine years at FIU, including his current graduate level course(s) in the Engineering College.

In 2010 his first book on entrepreneurship was published--Billion Dollar Company-An entrepreneur's guide to business models for high growth companies. The book website is Bob's blog, Sophisticated Finance, is at

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