This Filmmaker Plans to Enlist an Army of Partners to Host Local Screenings

Graham Meriwether and ‘Farmers for America’ Aim to Inspire a New Generation of Farmers

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Filmmaker Graham Meriwether is hoping his newest documentary, Farmers for America, four years in the making, will help inspire a new, younger, generation of farmers to replace the rapidly aging population of growers. The film, narrated by TV star Mike Rowe, had its national premier last week.

Rather than distribute Farmers for America the conventional way, Graham is partnering 50-50 with entrepreneurs and others who host local screenings of the film and split ticket sales with him. Already, more than 600 people have signed up be partners.

This week, Graham shares his vision and unique financing strategy with Wizard Academy alumnus Lem Lewis, who along with Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart produce the popular rural business podcast, RANCHCAST with Lem Lewis. Rotbart says he may be a hayseed when it comes to farming, but even a yokel can see that farmers and city dwellers alike can harvest some organic business insights from Graham Meriwether.

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Posted: October 30, 2017
Monday Morning Run Time: 35 minutes 43 seconds 


The Wisdom of Teaching Your 5-Year-Old to Think Like a CEO

Dr. Cristal Glangchai is Fostering a New Generation of Innovators and Builders

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This week’s guest, Dr. Cristal Glangchai, is a successful entrepreneur and educator, who runs the Austin-based nonprofit, VentureLab. Beginning at the tender age of five, VentureLab teaches students to think like entrepreneurs – by anticipating needs, innovating, creating, and taking calculated risks.

VentureLab, which Dr. Glangchai founded and heads, enjoys a nationwide reputation, in particular, for helping students – especially girls – fuel their passion for STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

By putting VentureLab’s courses online for free, Dr. Glangchai is on track to have three out of every four high school students in America complete at least one of her classes before they graduate.

Dr. Glangchai tells host Dean Rotbart, her “graduates” will be well positioned to be the innovators and builders of our future.

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Posted: June 19, 2017
Monday Morning Run Time: 38 minutes 53 seconds 

Daniel DiPiazza Asks: How Old Is Your Thinking?

We All Should Be Thinking Like Millennials, Regardless of Our Age

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Daniel DiPiazza is a successful, 29-year-old entrepreneur, who has built a massive, cult-like social networking following by advising other 20 and 30-somethings how to escape average jobs and become self-directed entrepreneurs.

Daniel’s website and freshly minted book are titled Rich20Something.

But this week, in a surprising interview with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, Daniel reveals that his advice actually is not aimed exclusively at those born after 1977.

Instead, Daniel sees all of us who own or operate businesses in 2017 as being part of the millennial generation – because, he contends, it is the tools, ideas, and philosophies of the millennial generation that are currently disrupting the business world.

[Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) is 33; Evan Spiegel (Snap) is 27; Kevin Systrom (Instagram) is 33; and Brian Chesky (Airbnb) is 35.]

“Millennial,” Daniel says, is a frame of mind, not a birthdate. How old is your thinking?

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Posted: June 12, 2017
Monday Morning Run Time: 34 minutes 54 seconds 

The Inspiring Tale Behind Hyperkid v. BullBorg

Emerson Daub’s Parents Helped Him Become a Two-Time Author, At Age 9: Do You Dream of Teaming Creatively with Your Children?

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Emerson and Richard Daub

Emerson and Richard Daub

Emerson Daub recently published his second book, HyperKid v. BullBorg. Backed by a national PR campaign, the juvenile novel is selling well on Amazon in several categories, including Growing Up & Facts of Life.

What makes Emerson different from the crowd of other children’s books writers is that, he, himself, is just 9 years old – at least until July 22nd that is, when he turns the big 1-0.

hyperkidvkidMany parents think about teaming with a young son or daughter to create a book, write an opera, or launch a business, but never actually act on their impulses. Emerson’s parents did, and this week, reputation coach and Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart – in his best investigative mode – gets the scoop from both Emerson and his proud papa Richard. (Hint: Emerson’s favorite color is red; Richard’s is blue.)

If you’ve ever dreamed of going into business with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, you’ll want to hear the inspiring tale behind Hyperkid v. BullBorg.

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Posted: July 18, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 35 minutes 04 seconds

Fantasy Meets Harsh Reality For An Aspiring Filmmaker

Jeffrey Biers and His Fan Film, Spider-Man: Night of the Hunter

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Jeffrey Biers, who heads Pittsburgh-based All Season Productions, is an entrepreneur and aspiring filmmaker who has written the script and intends to play the lead character in a new Spiderman fan film. The catch: Jeff is swinging into more obstacles than success at the moment.

As many an entrepreneur can attest, pursuing your dreams can at times seem like a scene from a horror film. This week on Monday Morning Radio, Jeff shares his struggles to vanquish the business villains that stand between him and commercial and artistic success. Join host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart for a preview of Spider-Man: Night of the Hunter.

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Posted: April 11, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 34 minutes 17 seconds