Starting Today, You Can Profit by Running Your Business Like It’s “Day One”

Author Alex Kantrowitz Reveals the Managerial Secret of the Tech Titans

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After scrutinizing Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon daily for more than five years, Alex Kantrowitz decoded the single secret they all share: No matter how large these and other successful tech giants grow or how established they become, they still run their companies with the mentality and risk-taking attitudes of a startup.

Alex, who earlier this month launched his own independent newsletter and podcast called “Big Technology,” recently published “Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever.”

To successfully compete with the Amazons and Googles of the world, Alex tells host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart, today’s companies of all sizes not only have to adopt an “Always Day One” approach, they have to execute it better than the tech titans themselves.

The alternative, he warns, is “Day Two,” or stasis, where most once-profitable companies operate, leading inevitably to irrelevance, followed by a gradual decline culminating in total failure.

Did you miss Monday Morning Radio’s live panel, “Understanding TikTok and How It Can Turbocharge Your Sales”? Download the replay at https://tinyurl.com/Replay-TikTok.

Discover how you can put TikTok to work for your brand, and why it’s better than other social media platforms.

Photo: Alex Kantrowitz, Always Day One
Posted: June 29, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 49:13

The Emerging Cold War Between the United States and China Explained

Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, Reporters for The Wall Street Journal, Share the Inside Story

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U.S.-China trade relations have been bumped off the front pages of American newspapers lately, as the toll of COVID-19 and race-related protests take center stage.

But over the long-term, the U.S.-China trade conflict will have consequences for all American businesses – spreading from the political arena to every nook and cranny of our economy.

Two of the most astute observers of this global financial story are Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, distinguished reporters for The Wall Street Journal. Bob is a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior editor who covers economic issues from the paper’s D.C. bureau.

Lingling, who until earlier this year reported for the Journal from China, is now based in New York, where she continues to focus on the intersection of Chinese politics and the economy.

Together, Bob and Lingling have written a terrific book looking at the roots and the consequences of the U.S.-Chinese trade conflict, titled: “Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War.”  

Published just last week, Superpower Showdown draws on Bob and Lingling’s vast experience covering the topic – having conducted 100s of interviews with government and business officials in both the U.S. and China — to trace how relations between the two superpowers went sour – and how the prospects for global peace and prosperity are threatened by the current stand-off.

Bob and Lingling have worked together covering U.S./China relations for more than seven years. Having the perspective of both the Americans and the Chinese make their book, Superpower Showdown, especially compelling reading.

Click here to hear a preview of Monday Morning Radio’s free, live, panel “Understanding TikTok and How It Can Turbocharge Your Sales.” Co-Hosted by Dean Rotbart and Evan Morgenstein, founder of The Digital Renegades, the panel takes place on June 18th at 11:30 am EDT. Registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/MMRTikTok.

Preview our new Monday Morning Radio community, Small Business Paramedics, featuring expert advice on how to buttress your business and reach your goals. Coming Summer 2020.

Photos: Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, Superpower Showdown
Posted: June 15, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 59 minutes 25 seconds

You’ll Definitely Want Membership in This Elite Business Club

Author Lawrence Ingrassia on Taking Your Business from Zero to $1 Billion

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Zero to $1 Billion in a relatively short time is the stuff that entrepreneurial dreams are made of. Yet, a number of recent starts ups have done just that.

In his new book, Billion Dollar Brand Club, veteran journalist Lawrence Ingrassia takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the secret sauce used by Harry’s, Warby Parker, Dollar Shave Club, Third Love, and other disruptors to take the express train to the top.

Ingrassia, a highly regarded former senior editor at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart that every company – regardless of its size or ultimate potential – can glean practical lessons from the entrepreneurs who he profiles in his book.

Will you be the next member of the Billion Dollar Brand club?

To order your copy of “Billion Dollar Brand Club,” click here.

Photo: Lawrence Ingrassia, Billion Dollar Brand Club
Posted: June 1, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 54:15

Talk About Chasing Windmills: This Journalist Launched His Own Business Newspaper 20 Years Ago

Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Glean from the Success of Henry Dubroff’s Pacific Coast Business Times

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Twenty years ago this month, Henry Dubroff threw caution and reason to the wind and – after quitting his safe job as editor of the Denver Business Journal – headed west to California to launch his own, independent, weekly business newspaper.

Dubroff’s Pacific Coast Business Times defied the long odds, and today, with the largest full-time team devoted to business and financial news on the central coast, serves readers in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties, including, of course, Oprah Winfrey, just one of many prominent area residents.

The secret of his survival, and that of all successful entrepreneurs, Dubroff tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, is to know the community of customers who you serve and become an integral part of it.

[The conversation with Dubroff is adapted from the Business News Visionary Awards oral history of Dubroff, recognizing him as one of 52 journalists whose foresight and efforts have transformed the journalism profession during the past two decades. For additional information, visit http://www.newsluminaries.com/.]

Photo: Henry Dubroff, Pacific Coast Business Times
Posted: March 23, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 56:59

How One Journalist Helped Michael Bloomberg Amass His Fortune and Revolutionize Financial News

An Oral History with Matthew Winkler, Founding Editor, Bloomberg News

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Growing a business from one employee to more than 3,000 in three decades is a notable achievement, regardless of what field you’re in.

Journalist and entrepreneur Matthew Winkler did just that at Bloomberg News.

When billionaire businessman and 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg had the idea of starting a financial news organization back in 1989, his first hire was Winkler, who at the time was a reporter with The Wall Street Journal.

Winkler signed on as editor-in-chief in February 1990 and proceeded to build Bloomberg News into a global news and money-making juggernaut.

Host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart joined Winkler at Bloomberg’s Manhattan headquarters earlier this month to talk about Winkler’s journey and what other entrepreneurs can learn from his experience.  

Dean’s interview with Winkler was conducted as part of Dean’s special “News Luminaries” project, honoring journalists who have had – or are having – exemplary careers. Beginning on Thursday, March 12th, and each week thereafter, Dean will post an oral history with a prominent 21st century journalist at www.NewsLuminaries.com.

Other journalists participating in the oral history podcast include: Andrew Ross-Sorkin of The New York Times and CNBC; Randall Lane, chief content officer of Forbes; Steve Adler, editor-in-chief of Reuters; Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business News; and Charles Duhigg, best-selling author of The Power of Habit, and now a writer for The New Yorker.

If your company or professional practice would like to help support the News Luminaries oral history project, contact Dean directly at 303-296-1200 or email him at dean@mondaymorningradio.com.

Photo: Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News
Posted: March 2, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour and 22 minutes

Steve Sansweet is a Star Wars Memorabilia Jedi Master

His Collection is Certified by Guinness Records as the World’s Largest

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Star Wars fans and collectors are legion, but among them “The Force” is undoubtedly strongest with Steve Sansweet, who spent more than 27 years as a reporter and bureau chief with The Wall Street Journal.

Steve is, as certified by Guinness World Records, the owner of the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, and President and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, an independent non-profit museum in Petaluma, California that houses part of his cache. (He loans his collection to the museum but continues to own it privately.)

As Steve explains to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, he began collecting in 1976 as a passion, and in November 2011 “retired” to open and operate the museum. Although Steve doesn’t say so directly, Dean estimates his Star Wars collectibles are worth many millions of dollars, far more than if he had invested his available funds on Wall Street.

Dean’s interview with Steve is an edited excerpt from his extended conversation with the Star Wars memorabilia Jedi Master that will be available later this year as part of Dean’s “News Luminaries” project, honoring journalists who have had – or are having – exemplary careers. Beginning on Thursday, March 12th, and each week thereafter, Dean will post an oral history with a prominent 21st century journalist.

Stay tuned to Monday Morning Radio for more details on the journalism honors program.

You may also enjoy these past editions of Monday Morning Radio, featuring other successful entrepreneurs and professionals who’ve launched their own amazing non-profit projects:

Photo: Steve Sansweet, Rancho Obi-Wan
Posted: February 10, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:38

 

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

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

Your Savings and Investments: A Conversation with ‘America’s Money Answers Man’

Jordan Goodman Wrote the Book on Personal Finance – Actually 13 Books

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Jordan Goodman is one of the country’s best-known personal finance journalists and authors, appearing frequently on national radio and television call-in shows to answer consumer questions on how to save and invest wisely. 

With 13 books under his belt, including the encyclopedic 992-page Everyone’s Money Book, he joins host Dean Rotbart this week to dispense insightful personal finance recommendations with a special emphasis on the finances of small business owners and entrepreneurs.

If you’ve got solid financial assets, Jordan will share his advice on how to generate even more of them. If you’ve got too much debt, he’s got a lot to say about how to offload it.

Visit Jordan’s website: www.MoneyAnswers.com

Everyone’s Money Book

Master Your Debt

Photo: Jordan E. Goodman, Author and Journalist
Posted: July 29, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 52 minutes 57 seconds