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.
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About the Author
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 http://roberthackerbooks.com. Bob's blog, Sophisticated Finance, is at http://sophisticatedfinance.typepad.com.