If You’re an Entrepreneur, You’ll Relate to the Promise and Perils Faced by Creature Coffee

A Coffeehouse Interview with Michael Craig, Brewing Up Big Dreams and Great Joe

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On paper, at least, Creature Coffee looks like a bad idea.

Founded two years back by Michael Craig, a barista, it is aiming to carve a niche for itself in the crowded and competitive coffee marketplace. To make the task all the more difficult, Creature Coffee is spreading itself between three sales channels: walk-in retailing, online sales, and pop-up coffee bars.

But Michael – like the best entrepreneurs – believes in himself, believes in his concept, and does not believe all the naysayers.

When he launched Creature Coffee, Michael began with a budget of $1,000 – all that he could scrape together at the time.

Today, the success of Creature Coffee is evident, from the non-stop flow of fans into his retail outlet – located in a gentrifying neighborhood of Austin, to the corporate clients he’s attracting, including IBM, American Express, Mercedes Benz, Hitachi, Deloitte, and Dell.

Earlier this month, Monday Morning Radio host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart paid a visit to Creature Coffee and shares both good conversation, and a satisfying cup of Columbian expresso, with Michael Craig. 

You can purchase up to 200 varieties of coffee from Creature Coffee online at www.CreatureCoffee.co As always, the plug for this week’s guest comes gratis. Monday Morning Radio never charges its guests to be on the podcast or accepts payments in kind.

Photo: Michael Craig, Creature Coffee
Posted: October 21, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 41 minutes 40 seconds

The Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Take from the Bottled Water Industry

Transforming a Common Natural Resource into a Trendy Business Juggernaut

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Last week, more than 45 international companies competed in the annual Global Bottled Water Awards competition, presented in Dubai.

Water is big business, with more people in the U.S. drinking bottled water than soft drinks, and new packaged-water entrants continuing to flood the market.

Duane Stanford, executive editor of Beverage Digest, was one of the judges for this year’s water competition, and he joins host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart to talk about the innovators and entrepreneurs who are making a big splash in the water industry, and the rip currents they face.

Photo: Duane Stanford, Beverage Digest
Posted: October 14, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 39 minutes and 57 seconds

FORTUNE’s Alan Murray Offers a Master Class in Business Strategy and Financial Journalism

Reinventing the 90-Year-Old Magazine for Today’s CEOs and Owners

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On a special edition of Monday Morning Radio, Alan Murray, president and CEO of FORTUNE magazine, shares the business and journalism insights that he’s gleaned during the course of his 40-plus year career.

In particular, Alan talks about how FORTUNE, under his leadership and new ownership, is positioning itself to be the preeminent global business media brand. Take notes. Because the strategy that Alan describes can just as effectively be utilized by any business – large or small – that seeks to propel itself to the forefront of its industry or business niche.

“Business success today has much more to do with inspiration, with being able to give people a purpose and direction, not so much direct orders,” Alan tells host Dean Rotbart, himself an award-winning journalist. “Business leaders have to be able to see into the future and see around corners in ways that it just wasn’t nearly as necessary ten years ago.

Today’s FORTUNE, Alan explains, is no longer merely a chronicler of the world’s top companies and executives. Rather, Alan and his team are dedicated to providing their readers and attendees the content and connections they need “to help them drive toward business success.”

“What can we do to make business better?” is the question that Alan says guides FORTUNE’s content and event strategy under his leadership. I want people to look at FORTUNE and say this magazine is going to help me navigate the future.”

Photo: Alan Murray, FORTUNE
Posted: October 7, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 41 minutes 52 seconds

The Bezos Method of Business Growth and Risk-Taking

A Conversation with Steve Anderson, Author, ‘The Bezos Letters’

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Everyone knows the unprecedented journey that propelled Jeff Bezos from the owner of a tiny online bookstore that he launched in July 1994, to the head of Amazon, the fastest company ever to surpass $100 billion in annual sales; making him the richest man in the world.

What few people know are the 14 principles that Bezos followed to accomplish the unimaginable feat. In The Bezos Letters, author Steve Anderson dissects the 21 annual letters that the Amazon founder has written to shareholders to glean the essence of Bezos’s business philosophy.

Most amazingly, Anderson tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, Bezos is relying on those same 14 principles not only to continue to grow Amazon at a rapid clip, but also, soon, through his privately-owned Blue Origin aerospace company, to revolutionize space travel and manufacturing.

Photo: Steve Anderson, The Bezos Letters
Posted: September 30, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 51 minutes and 40 seconds

Go Behind the Scenes at Inc. Magazine with Editor-in-Chief James Ledbetter

Is Your Business a Good Candidate for an Inc. Profile?

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Exposure in Inc. magazine or its annual Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing companies assuredly will bolster the reputations and prospects of any small business. 

But what kind of stories are the journalists at Inc. interested in – and is there a backdoor shortcut to landing on the Inc. 5000?

Those are just a few of the questions that host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart puts to Inc.’s Editor-in-Chief James Ledbetter on this week’s episode of Monday Morning Radio. James is only too happy to provide an up-close look at how Inc. operates, and what type of stories appeal most to editors and readers alike.

Photo: James Ledbetter, Inc.
Posted: September 23, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 47 minutes and 34 seconds

The 5 Secret Pathways to Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment

Gina Gardiner Shares Her Hard-Earned Lessons for Thriving, Not Simply Surviving

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Following a serious ski accident and two failed spinal surgeries, Gina Gardiner had to relearn to walk. Not once, but twice.

The experience led Gina to segue from her role as a school principal in the UK to a motivation coach, helping a large and growing flock of international followers find greater happiness, success, and fulfillment.

From Colchester, England, Gina shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart her five secret pathways to “thriving, not simply surviving.” Gina’s mission now, she says, is to help one million people discover their “Genuine Selves” within the next five years.

Photo: Gina Gardiner, Genuinely You
Posted: September 16, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 39 minutes 54 seconds

The Garage Sales Millionaire Returns with Fresh Ideas for Finding Hidden Treasures

Aaron LaPedis is a Master of Garage and Estate Sales, and Online Auctions

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Aaron LaPedis owns a fine art gallery in one of the swankiest retail areas of Colorado.

But paintings, sculptures, and limited edition prints are not all that fascinate Aaron, who is best known nationally as The Garage Sale Millionaire. For more than three decades, Aaron has hunted hidden treasure at garage and estate sales, as well as online auctions.

Whether you’re a treasure-hunting hobbyist or simply looking to offload some business, household, or collectible items you no longer want, Aaron can guide you how to buy and sell most profitably.

Back on Monday Morning Radio after a six year hiatus, Aaron shares with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart the unvarnished truth about becoming your own garage sale aficionado.

This week’s episode comes to you from the campus of The Wizard Academy, located in Austin’s renowned Texas hill country.

[Be sure to pick up a copy of Aaron’s garage sales “Bible,” The Garage Sale Millionaire.]

Photo: Aaron LaPedis
Posted: September 9, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 44 minutes 48 seconds