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The Wealth Gap. Global Warming. Corrupt Politicians. Capitalism is not to blame...but capitalists are. What this world needs are more business owners, executives & shareholders who are willing to take less so that all other stakeholders can participate more equitably. During each episode of The Righteous Capitalists you will meet business owners who are doing just that. You'll learn why and how they run their businesses the way they do, how they differ from the rest of their industry, what t ...
 
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oneKIN & the soon-to-be launched Twiine have BIPOC founders, which everyone says they want to fund. These ventures accelerate BIPOC businesses and help close the wealth gap, which everyone says is needed. In this episode, Marvin Francois, co-founder of oneKIN & Twiine, shares stories from his adventures trying to get this venture off the ground. He…
 
Have you ever wondered how a big bunch of bananas that are gown in & transported from another hemisphere can cost under $2? Jennie Coleman, from the Fairtrade Certified banana co. Equifruit, details how this tropical fruit became a staple in northern households & why the exploitation of workers has persisted since the founding of banana republics. …
 
Perhaps the answer to many intractable problems is to use technology to bring back the things from our past that worked. Beth Esponnette, co-founder of Unspun, is using tech to take us back to the day when clothing was custom made and built to last. This approach solves most problems inherent in today's fashion industry, and gives customers of all …
 
What's the difference between a $5 t-shirt made by a large reputable company that talks about good wages and protecting the environment, and a $30 t-shirt made by a small brand that actually uses sustainable practices & pays well throughout their supply chain? Adila Cokar, founder of The Good Tee and practitioner of radical transparency, explains t…
 
We all know the apparel & fashion industry exploits people & the environment, but who can say no to cheap & abundant clothes. For decades, the industry has said they are improving but then comes another tragedy or revelation. We have yet to talk about the good, bad & ugly of the industry on here because we have felt the task too daunting. Until now…
 
Would you use a search engine called BackRub? That was Google's original name. Had they gone to Brad Flowers, a naming expert & author of The Naming Book, or just followed the 5 steps from Brad's book, which he details in this episode, they would have come up with something much better & with more longevity than BackRub. But would they have been as…
 
Your tax dollars help pay for home-delivered meals for the elderly that can either be cooked & delivered within a recipient's community, or cooked, frozen, and delivered from across the country? Adrienne Fudge, of 40 Dreams Catering, provides the former & is determined to maintain her community-based model, no matter how big she gets. In this episo…
 
Our earliest thoughts and aspirations are shaped by what we see and read in books, but the publishing industry has been a constricting force by hiring homogenous authors telling homogenized stories. Marietta Zacker, of the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, talks about the effects of the historical exclusion of authors, illustrators and stories from m…
 
Amazon & Etsy require advertising capital just to be seen on their platforms. So, where are people of color, whose communities have lower levels of investment capital available, supposed to go to sell their retail products? Enter Marvin Francois, co-founder of oneKIN and the soon-to-be launched live stream social commerce platform Twiine. Marvin an…
 
Wall St is detrimentally too white and male. Women & minorities, who achieve 60% better returns than their white male counterparts, manage a mere 1.3% of the $69 trillion in financial portfolios (Bloomberg). While Wall St says the lack of diversity is a pipeline problem, Troy Prince, founder of Wall Street Bound and Prometheus Capital Management, k…
 
We kick off our second year with one of our favorite guides on our journey, Charles Rosen. Through his diverse experiences, but especially through Ironbound, Charles now realizes that his success is tied to the success of everyone around him. This has been the driving force as Iron Bound has sought to be a sustainable creator of wealth, empowerment…
 
Jill Johnson spends her days figuring out how to bridge the gap between the social equality white Americans easily get behind for Black Americans, and the economic opportunity and access to capital that Black Americans need for any kind of lasting progress. Jill returns to The Righteous Capitalists to give some advice to all the people who are look…
 
Fair wages and benefits, like paid time off (PTO), are not the first things most people think of when they think of McDonald's. Kari Swenson, who owns & operates 8 McDonald's with her husband, Kenny, can't think of running her restaurants without providing good pay, PTO, predictable schedules & other benefits, while also earning a top award from th…
 
The coronavirus caused millions of growing businesses to screech to a stop as if a deer just stepped onto their road to success. Sharon Rowe of ECOBAGS has been on that road for 30 years which has provided her with wisdom that prompted her to act decisively to ensure her employees maintained some income. Now, she watches as her Christmas, a/k/a Ear…
 
What you think of as leadership is really authority, and authority is crucial in a time of crisis. Authority figures, like those in gov't, business & in your home, will get us to the other side of the corona crisis. Leaders will find ways to use this moment to create real change that makes us better off in the long run. Eric Martin of Adaptive Chan…
 
As one of the few remaining manufacturers in the US, Mitch Cahn & Unionwear are trying to fill the void left by all of the cost cutting, outsourcing companies that have contributed to our crippled supply chain for lifesaving healthcare products, including personal protection equipment. They have turned a factory that was gearing up to make baseball…
 
Farmers markets are unexpectedly coming to our rescue. Dan Lipow, of The Foraged Feast, is learning that as the restaurant portion of his business is disappearing, another part is surprisingly thriving...farmers markets. They don't rely on long international supply chains & they are outdoors which is perfect for the time we are living in. Add onlin…
 
Ironbound Hard Cider, founded by Charles Rosen, is a company that straddles every strata of American society: farmers, urbanites, suburbanites, the economically well-off, and everyone else. And, Charles thinks deeply about everyone and how we are all connected in good times and now bad. According to Charles, the degree with which we acknowledge, ce…
 
Among the first things to go when the coronavirus arrived were big annual events like SXSW, Jazz Fest, and countless St. Patrick's Day parades (not to mention smaller and more meaningful events like weddings). Doug Zacker checked in with Matt Glass from Eventage to learn about how one event company is trying to keep employees whole and counsel clie…
 
Why are we not getting leadership from our leaders? It's because we conflate leadership with authority, and those who are in positions of authority are rarely great leaders. All this is based on a definition of leadership that includes taking risks, prompting real change, and doing the hard works it takes to go from idea to reality. Eric Martin, fo…
 
Since he was 12 years old, John Gallucci has been enthralled by the idea that an effective physical therapist can bring a patient from the crushing defeat of a serious physical injury to the victory of returning to the game of life. He started JAG Physical Therapy with one location that was itself on the brink of defeat, but has since grown it, wit…
 
Picking and selling herbs, mushrooms, berries and greens that occur in the wild, aka foraging, is a business. For Dan Lipow, founder of The Foraged Feast, for whom flavor is king, there could be no better business. It combines his knowledge and love of nature and cooking, while leveraging his ability to build relationships with often reclusive land…
 
Planned Companies, the 120 year old family business headed by Rob Francis, employs 3,700, mostly low-wage workers, who clean, maintain, secure and provide concierge services to office and apartment buildings, shopping malls, and retail stores. It’s a very competitive, low margin industry in which companies can secure contracts by simply offering th…
 
In the second part of Doug's conversation with Charles Rosen, CEO & Founder of Ironbound Hard Cider, they discuss why Charles chose not to be a B Corp, not to be a nonprofit, not to be a benefit corporation, and why he doesn't call Ironbound a social enterprise. They also talk about Charles's plans for expanding the mission across the country but k…
 
Everything Charles Rosen has ever done comes into play while creating and running Ironbound Hard Cider. From his training as a lawyer, to his days making movies in Hollywood, to the time he spent traveling the country during the 2008 presidential campaign, to his experience starting an ad agency with socially-minded clients, it all informs his visi…
 
Have you ever seen the Macy's Parade, rode or ran many miles for a charity, seen an outrageous marketing event staged in the middle of a heavily trafficked area, or participated in a large corporate event? If you have, you are familiar with the kind of events dreamed up and executed by Matt Glass and the company that he and his wife Jen founded, Ev…
 
Next to every successful or infamous businessperson is at least one lawyer pointing out where the legal line is business tactics or finding a legal loophole to avoid the line altogether. The result is frequently more money for their client and themselves, but something less for employees, customers, the community or the environment. Becki Ueno and …
 
What's not to hate about plastic bags? For Sharon Rowe, 30 years ago, it was simply the fact that they were flying around her Washington Heights, NY neighborhood and parks. It was then that she decided to do something about it by creating an alternative. The reusable shopping bag was born...well, imported from Europe. From the beginning, Sharon wan…
 
Paul loves employees who pay their own rent. He also loves giving hugs to customers as they come in to get their coffee, breakfast, lunch or tasty treat, all of which are vegetarian and many of which are vegan. The Cedar Ridge Cafe & Bakery hasn't always been this way but Paul has paid attention to and listened to all of his stakeholders as he's go…
 
Here's the best way to find out what The Righteous Capitalists is all about. It takes just a few minutes to find out why Capitalism should not be blamed for the greed, corruption and corporate overreach that has led to the biggest income/wealth gap since the 1920s, and what the guests on The Righteous Capitalists are doing to change things for the …
 
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