Peter N. Darrow is a Millennial New Yorker, an entrepreneur, and an expert at learning from his mistakes. He earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College and founded Darrow’s Farm Fresh restaurant in NYC. A health and wellness entrepreneur, Peter speaks to the challenges facing his generation, dispelling myths about what it’s like to supposedly “have it all.”
Playing METAPHOR DICE with Taylor Mali live!(SEE PREVIOUS EPISODE FOR INTERVIEW, OR CLICK HERE: https://apple.co/31xl4oE*FOR A FREE PAIR OF METAPHOR DICE, LISTEN TO FULL EPISODE AND FIND THE HIDDEN GIVEAWAY EASTER EGG!)JOIN US IRL: www.instagram.com/wisemillennialTaylor Mali, 4x National Team Slam Poet Champion, original Def Poetry Jam member, author of multiple books, creator of "What Teacher's Make" and founder of "METAPHOR DICE", sits down remotely to reunite with his former sixth-grade student (me) and discuss the strategy of poetry slams, the etymology of the poem “what teacher’s make”, why property taxes influence schools, what makes a “good teacher” vs. a “bad teacher”, why social media discourages expression of ideas, the anti-intellectual culture of Millennials and poetry, the power of nuanced opinion, and the creation of METAPHOR DICE….and Taylor’s continually failed quest to be published in The New Yorker Magazine (I feel this is the year!)ENTER PROMO CODE "MILLENNIAL" AT CHECKOUT TO RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT: https://www.metaphordice.com/INSTA: @metaphor_diceFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MetaphorDice/INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:CAREERTake me back in time briefly to 1995-1996. How do you make the transition from teaching to poetry? We’re you already doing it as a hobby? What did you actually say to the lawyer at the dinner party when he asked you what teachers make? Did you just laugh it off regretfully? Does he know about the poem?TEACHINGWhat makes a bad teacher from a good one?If you hadn’t become a teacher what would you have done instead? Taylor the advertising executive?Respectfully, you don’t come across as a politically charged person. I don’t hear it in a lot of your poems. But teaching is a very political issue – problem isn’t getting smart people to teach, it’s incentivizing them and paying them enough to want to, instead of them going into finance or other industries. And then there are issues of tenure, unions, etc. I’m not suggesting money is everything, but many teachers can barely get by. How do we solve this issue?POETRYHow do you make poetry cool and mainstream for millennials? Had a moment. Def poetry jam – in the early 2000s. slamnation documentary and slamplanet. Then we seemed to get caught up in EDM electronic music and cat videos on social media. One of my biggest frustrations with millennials is that it somehow became cool to be anti-intellectual. You post something educational on social media, it gets 5 likes. You post two girls doing a choreographed dance, it gets 10,000.To follow up on that, I would argue social media has made it hard for people to want to express themselves out of fear of being attacked for their own views. Which doesn’t help encourage people to write poetry. Curious of your thoughts? .........
JOIN US IRL: www.instagram.com/wisemillennial Taylor Mali, 4x National Team Slam Poet Champion, original Def Poetry Jam member, author of multiple books, creator of "What Teacher's Make" and founder of "METAPHOR DICE", sits down remotely to reunite with his former sixth-grade student (me) and discuss the strategy of poetry slams, the etymology of the poem “what teacher’s make”, why property taxes influence schools, what makes a “good teacher” vs. a “bad teacher”, why social media discourages expression of ideas, the anti-intellectual culture of Millennials and poetry, the power of nuanced opinion, and the creation of METAPHOR DICE….and Taylor’s continually failed quest to be published in The New Yorker Magazine (I feel this is the year!)ENTER PROMO CODE "MILLENNIAL" AT CHECKOUT TO RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT: https://www.metaphordice.com/INSTA: @metaphor_diceFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MetaphorDice/INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:CAREERTake me back in time briefly to 1995-1996. How do you make the transition from teaching to poetry? We’re you already doing it as a hobby? What did you actually say to the lawyer at the dinner party when he asked you what teachers make? Did you just laugh it off regretfully? Does he know about the poem?TEACHINGWhat makes a bad teacher from a good one?If you hadn’t become a teacher what would you have done instead? Taylor the advertising executive?Respectfully, you don’t come across as a politically charged person. I don’t hear it in a lot of your poems. But teaching is a very political issue – problem isn’t getting smart people to teach, it’s incentivizing them and paying them enough to want to, instead of them going into finance or other industries. And then there are issues of tenure, unions, etc. I’m not suggesting money is everything, but many teachers can barely get by. How do we solve this issue?POETRYHow do you make poetry cool and mainstream for millennials? Had a moment. Def poetry jam – in the early 2000s. slamnation documentary and slamplanet. Then we seemed to get caught up in EDM electronic music and cat videos on social media. One of my biggest frustrations with millennials is that it somehow became cool to be anti-intellectual. You post something educational on social media, it gets 5 likes. You post two girls doing a choreographed dance, it gets 10,000.To follow up on that, I would argue social media has made it hard for people to want to express themselves out of fear of being attacked for their own views. Which doesn’t help encourage people to write poetry. Curious of your thoughts? How do we bring this to the next generation?How do you make a name for yourself, when so much of poetry is subjective? In other words, what makes a good poet from a bad poet?What is something you wish someone had told you five years ago, or you had told yourself, that you had to learn on your own, but would have made life so much easier had you known?METAPHOR DICEBriefly explain, what is it? How did you come up with the idea?What is the biggest challenge you’re facing in terms of scaling it?What is THIS IS THUNDER DICE?
JOIN US IRL: www.instagram.com/wisemillennial Veronica Kaulinis, founder of "Vulnerable AF" sits down remotely to discuss her community movement and event series that encourages vulnerability and connection, her journey from growing up in Central Islip, Long Island, attending Stony Brook University, working in corporate marketing roles such as Publishers Clearing House; What makes a bad coach from a good coach (what makes someone effective)?, Is it possible to “over-share” with someone? And how to find an appropriate balance, the difficulty between genders (if any), her own personal struggles with being vulnerable, advice for Millennials who feel they don’t have meaningful friendships or are struggling to find their people, and how to overcome your fears (too generic or cliche of a question?)LEARN MORE ABOUT VULNERABLE AF: https://www.veronicakaulinis.com/vulnerableafINSTA: @vulnerableafFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vulnerableafnyc/INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:Briefly tell people, what is Vulnerable AF and how did you come up with it?You talk about the story of not feeling comfortable calling anyone. Respectfully, is it fair to say the idea was born from an overcompensation? A desire to find people who are likeminded to yourself?You grew up in Long Island, and transferred from Suffolk County Community College to Stony Brook. What was it like growing up in Long island? Were you not able to have deep conversations with people?You’ve worked in several marketing jobs over the years, including publisher’s clearing house. Was your dream always to be a coach?What makes a good coach from a bad coach? I see many coaches, all of whom are doing great things and have great intentions, but that doesn't mean they are all equally effective. What makes someone effective?To play devils advocate, what would you say to someone who says, you know, those millennials, they’re too used to being coddled. That Veronica girl, she’s part of the problem of why we aren’t more emotionally tough?Where do we find the balance between sharing too much? Is there such a thing? You can’t reasonably expect everyone in your network to equally care?Why is it hard for people to feel vulnerable? You mention your “mission is to bridge the gap between Men and Women”. Not to play into traditional gender roles or stereotypes, but how are men and women different? Is it harder for one gender?What is the end goal? Is to help as many people as possible end, once and for all, rejection? Can we make it permanently stop?I’m just curious, Do you still struggle being vulnerable? ….Where does that come from?What’s the advanced version of this? I understand the concept of helping people who struggle to be vulnerable open up. But Lets say I put you in a room full of highly vulnerable people who are not afraid? What would you say to them? What’s the 2.0 version? Or are they good to go in the world and fly on their own?Millennials in particular really struggle with this. I mean, we all want to be liked and accepted for who we are. So what advice would you have for people who don’t feel like they have meaningful friendships? Or don’t feel like they belong to any one group and are struggling to find their people?What is something you wish someone had told you 5 years ago, or you had told yourself, that you had to learn on your own? But would have made life so much easier had you known.
JOIN US IRL: www.instagram.com/wisemillennial Zachary Schleien, Founder of "Filter Off" sits down remotely to discuss his newest venture, a video-first speed dating app (events + matchmaking), swiping vs video advantages/disadvantages, his journey from growing up in New Rochelle, attending Syracuse as a history major, founding top romp, tedx talk and his passions for mental health, marketing, fundraising to why he's so fascinated by dating apps; Facetiming pre-date, Why are there so many beautiful, motivated, single people? (Have we become too picky?), video-game superficiality of swiping, Spending money, super-swipes, “endless scroll”, KPI (key performance indicators), the importance of making mistakes, putting yourself out there and who you should listen to when receiving unsolicited feedbackLEARN MORE ABOUT FILTER OFF: https://getfilteroff.com/INSTA: @getfilteroffINTERVIEW QUESTIONS:So Zach, tell us briefly, what is filteroff?Talk about lucky timing with COVID huh?Who’s your target demographic? Who’s the right or wrong person for filteroff?Why video first as opposed to swiping? Is it more about removing catfishing, or preventing endless text conversations and ghosting? Or both?Let me ask the opposite question, Why swiping over video first? Are there any advantages?How are you curating? What if I prefer specific types? Blondes? Etc. We need to be physically attracted to our partner. At what point do we get too granular and superficial?Why events? It’s an interesting branding strategy? Do people get more excited emotionally when they’re signing up to an event?Lets talk about you for a sec,You’re a very impressive guy Zach. Correct me if any of this is wrong. You grew up in new Rochelle, in upstate New York. Then went to Syracuse for undergrad and majored in history, then got your masters there as well. You are a serial entrepreneur, and have started several different businesses, including top romp which was dating related. You seem to have several passions in mental health, marketing, fundraising, and starting companies. You gave a tedx talk. How do you land at online dating? Have you always been focused on finding love? Or did you just see an opportunity there to do something different?Let’s talk about Millennials and dating. It’s always a fun topic, because we all want to find love in our lives, but our quest can often lead to awkward moments along the way.What’s your theory on why there are so many beautiful, eligible, smart, motivated, individuals who are single? Men, women, and everyone in between. Have we become too picky?I would be embarrassed to admit the amount of money I’ve spent over the years on dating apps, including super likes, super swipes, etc. A little here, and there, it all adds up to well in the thousands. And I’m still not married or engaged. Why is the ROI so bad? And how do we fundamentally fix this problem in our generation? What’s really going on here?How do you measure success? What are your KPIs? Is it dangerous to promote # of relationships formed?Briefly, What’s the best romantic story you’ve heard from the app?What’s the hardest part of your job? You work at Johnson and Johnson. How are you able to do this on the side in terms of time management?What’s something you wish someone had told you five years ago, or you had told yourself, that you had to learn on your own, but would have made life so much easier had you known?Lastly, how can we get involved with your community and learn more about it?
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New York, New York, United States of America
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21
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1
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13 hours, 44 minutes
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