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Ron Talks With the “Craig” Behind Craigslist, Plus “The International Capitalist” Returns

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,011 originally aired on July 12, 2010

He’s the Craig in Craigslist, and the man behind the disruptive force that is threatening the traditional newspaper industry as we know it.  Craig Newmark, the Founder of Craigslist, talks to “The American Entrepreneur”, Ron Morris, about his story, where he came up with the idea for Craigslist, and what he’s up to now.  Plus, “The International Capitalist”, David Iwinski, joins Ron in studio to discuss what savvy entrepreneurs should be doing to capitalize on emerging international markets, such as China and India.

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The Longtime CEO of Dunkin Donuts Talks Business With Ron Morris, Plus Lessons Learned at “DIY U”

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,009 originally aired on July 8, 2010

He transformed Dunkin Donuts from a family-run breakfast shop to the American powerhouse we know it as today.  Robert Rosenberg, the CEO of Dunkin Donuts for 35 years, talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about his story, as well as his thoughts on what makes a successful CEO and business leader, as well as his ideas on franchising.  Plus, Anya Kamenetz of Fast Company Magazine talks with Ron, as well as economist Jerry Bowyer, about her book, “DIY U”, a look at the growing trend of online education, and the diminishing trend of the “traditional” brick-and-mortar college experience.

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis Goes One-on-One with Ron Morris About Media Ownership

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,025 originally aired on July 6, 2010

Throughout the 1960’s, he struck a towering figure on defense for Vince Lombardi’s famed Championship Green Bay Packers teams. Since then, he’s been a towering figure as one of the most prominent minority media executives in America, as owner of All-Pro Broadcasting. Willie Davis joins Ron to discuss his story, and share how the lessons he learned ON the gridiron prepared him for his life after the final whistle.  Plus, Barb Mistick of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh stops by to share her thoughts about how business is shaping up in the region, and where she sees the region headed in the future.  And Doug Moore of Seubert and Associates discusses the health care debate, and what legislative policy in Washington D.C. means for the bottom lines of business owners throughout the country.

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A Conversation with Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, Plus the Business Legacy of John Wooden

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,010 originally aired on June 18, 2010

He’s one of the most successful dot.com entrepreneurs of the 21st century, first as the Founder of online advertising portal Link Exchange, and now as the CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos.com.  Now, he just wants people to be happy at work, and he illustrates his path to happiness in his new book, “Delivering Happiness: A Path To Profits, Passion, and Purpose”. Tony Hsieh will talk to Ron about his career, and what it takes to ensure that your people are happy in their roles in your company. Plus, the recent passing of legendary college basketball coach John Wooden has reminded sports fans all around the country of his legacy on the court.  But business leaders around the world have also been impacted by the loss, as many of Wooden’s best-known teachings and principles had applications in the boardroom as well.  Steve Jamison was Wooden’s long time collaborator and co-author on a half dozen books centered around Wooden’s life and business lessons, and he talks with Ron about just what HE has learned from “The Wizard of Westwood”.  And Ron talks with Duquesne University Economics Professor Matt Ryan about Matt’s forecast for the economic impact of the BP oil spill across a variety of sectors.

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Ron Talks with Ellen Gordon, President of Tootsie Roll Industries

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,009 originally aired on June 17, 2010

“The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris welcomes Ellen Gordon, the President of Tootsie Roll Industries, onto the program to discuss her amazing story as one of the country’s premier female entrepreneurs, having served at the helm of the popular candy maker since 1978.  Plus, Joe Kuklis of GSP Consulting joins Ron to talk about his company, and how the public and private sector can work together to benefit the greater good of the region.  And Ron’s premier “Talk Buddy”, economist Jerry Bowyer, stops by to offer his take on the economy, and what Jerry believes the future holds for large and small businesses in the wake of the recent economic turmoil in the U.S.

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A Chat with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, and Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Joins Us in Studio

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,007 originally aired on June 15, 2010

“The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris welcomes the one and only “Woz”, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, onto the program to discuss his remarkable career as a pioneer in the high tech sector.  Ron and Steve discuss Steve’s personal history, the early days of Apple, what Steve is up to nowadays, and what Steve thinks of the evolution of the computer industry since he and Steve Jobs launched their fledgling startup in April of 1976.  And a man widely considered to be the father of the home video game system, Nolan Bushnell, the Founder of Atari, as well as Chuck E. Cheese, joins Ron in studio to discuss his remarkable story.  And accountant Peter Ferraro from the firm Katz Ferraro McMurtry P.C. joins Ron to discuss some of the most pressing financial reporting and management issues that are keeping business owners up at night.

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An Entrepreneur With A Wild Past, and How To Get the Most Out Of the Predictive Index

The American Entrepreneur Episode #999 originally aired on June 5, 2010

“The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris profiles John Duffy Conley, a Pittsburgh entrepreneur who has overcome the adversity of a checkered business past to re-emerge as the man behind a new (and legal) business, Bid66.com, an online penny auction website.  Plus, Dan Courser of Predictive Synergistic Systems returns to the American Entrepreneur Radio airwaves to continue his discussion on why The Predictive Index is a must-do for entrepreneurs looking to ensure that new hires (and present employees) are in the right roles to make the company as effective as possible.  Dan will also provide an update on some of the Predictive Index results of the TAE listener-volunteers from his previous appearance.  Also, business advisor and negotiation specialist Jared Simmer joins Ron to discuss the upcoming Entrepreneurs Growth Conference at Duquesne University. And don’t forget to stay tuned for Dr. Will Clower, discussing “The Business of Health”, starting at noon.

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The Man Behind “Rich Dad/Poor Dad”, And Tech Talk with Dave Nelsen and Nathan Martin

The American Entrepreneur Episode #978 originally aired on May 28, 2010

He is the man behind one of the most prominent brands in American business literature.  “Rich Dad/Poor Dad” author Robert Kiyosaki joins “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about what it takes to be a “rich dad”, as well as the changing world of business today, as outlined in his NEW book, “ The Business of the 21st Century”.  Plus, American Entrepreneur Radio’s resident tech and social media guru, Dave Nelsen, talks to Ron about the latest trends in social media, and what savvy entrepreneurs should be doing to take advantage of these trends.  And we profile one of the hottest tech entrepreneurs in town, Nathan Martin of Deep Local, the man behind the revolutionary technology that enables companies to specifically target their advertising messages to the individual consumer.

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A Look at the Dark Side of the Music Business with Tommy James

The American Entrepreneur Episode #963 originally aired on May 10, 2010

“The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris takes an in-depth look at the dark side of the music business with a man who lived it for many years.  Tommy James, the man behind dozens of iconic hits, from “Mony Mony”  and “Draggin’ The Line” to “Crimson and Clover” and “Hanky Panky”, talks to Ron about the role that the mob played in his career, and why he had to wait over three decades before coming clean about it.  Plus, “talk buddy” Dave Iwinski talks to Ron about the importance of a CEO or entrepreneur to be cognizant of international markets such as India and China when it comes to expanding business operation.

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A Chat With Regis McKenna, Plus a Look at the Predictive Index

The American Entrepreneur Episode #976 originally aired on May 8, 2010

“The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris revisits with Regis McKenna, one of the premier entrepreneurs in the country, having been on the ground floor of Apple Computers, among many other technological giants throughout his legendary career.  Plus, Ron takes a look at the most widely recognized system used by employers to get a read on prospective new hires, the Predictive Index.  Dan Courser of Predictive Synergistic Systems talks with Ron about why employers use the Predictive Index, and the benefits the PI provides when it comes to getting the most accurate feel for where your next hire belongs within the context of the company. Plus, Dr. Mary McKinney of the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center joins Ron to preview the upcoming 12th Annual Entrepreneurs Growth Conference at Duquesne University.