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Dave Rothacker
Tampa, Florida
I pilot the imaginary Starship.
Interests: writing, reading, design, branding, pathways to 21st century education, marketing, thinking, social sciences, neuroscience, my wife and her career as a novelist / forensic underwriter, my older daughter and her career in marketing, my younger daughter and her journey through graduate school, work as a medical scribe and life as a Mom.
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Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant Sheryl Sandberg's husband Dave, passed away in May of 2015. Option B is a map of the journey that Sheryl took to deal with her grief, take care of her kids, negotiate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Rothacker Reviews
Hunch by Bernadette Jiwa Do you look at an object or device and wonder, "how might this work better?" or, "Is there a better way?" Do you go to the post office, spend 15 minutes trying to figure out what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Rothacker Reviews
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (1986 edition) Writing Down the Bones is a collection of essays on writing. If the act of writing was a car, then Natalie's book is a map. Use it to navigate the city... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Rothacker Reviews
Carla, a twenty-four year old full time college student, full time single Mom and part time Medical Scribe, takes time between classes to reflect on the true meaning of family and friendships. Inspired by a clip from President Obama's farewell... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Rothacker Reviews
Tim Sanders is offering a bonus package with the pre-order / purchase of his new book Dealstorming. Value is fickle, sometimes prickly and it seems, never the same for anyone. The value I find in Tim's package is how he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Rothacker Reviews
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Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Rothacker Reviews
This story is from 9/2/2005. Following it is our visit on 12/18/2015. "You don't even want to think of going in there! It took us fifteen minutes to get a cup of cheese." I nervously smiled at the teenage couple... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Rothacker Reviews
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb. Mention Leonardo da Vinci and to me, it's all about the notebooks. It's estimated that Leonardo produced 14,000 pages of notes. What motivated him to take notes? I can't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
What To Do When It's Your Turn by Seth Godin. Seth calls it horizontal publishing and asks the question, "How do we get books into the hands of people who want to read them?" Seth sent an e-mail to his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
Field Notes or Moleskines? No. Field Notes and Moleskines! I wrote about Field Notes here. My connection with Field Notes starts with Aaron Draplin. As I explained, it was how Aaron made me feel about Field Notes that provided the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet is a twelve-year old boy genius. He is a cartographer. He also dabbles in zoology, geology and entomology. T.S. as he is called, lives on a Montana ranch with his father Tecumseh Elijah, who is a rancher,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
Field notes are notes, documentation, sketchings, recordings and photos taken while in the act of observing something. It could be people or an object, experience, event or experiment. To me there is no hard fast defintion of what constitutes the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
I wrote a post earlier this year titled She Calls Him Cheap. As I stated, I believe this blog is a time capsule to be opened by future Rothacker's one day. So, in step with that theme and post, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
We got our first Kindle in the spring of 2011. I wanted it for e-books and pdf's. I quickly learned that you can't read a pdf. I think that took the wind out of my sail as far as e-books... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
Marlen Caduff, owner of Swiss Spirit Massage, and I were at the Oxford Exchange yesterday talking about her journey to America, career and business. Since the first day I met Marlen in 2009, I've wanted to write about her. Back... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
Can schools teach Entrepreneurship? Well, yes they can! Feel like commenting on this? Please go over to my Google+ page. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
I love how infographics have a clean and simple way of dispelling myths, unclear notions and that which is not real. Check out this infographic from Top Colleges Online. Learning to be an entrepreneur is like learning to read. You'll use it in all facets of life, education and business.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Cultivating Awe
Isn't it a little 20th century for people reporting sports news to be wearing ties, suitcoats and dresses? What should they wear? Ask viewers. Ask Nike, Reebok or Adidas. Ask professional athletes. Ask NASCAR. Don't ask the PGA though. As... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
Watching myself watch myself, I notice that I am really coming alive while reading Tom Kelley's books, Creative Confidence, The Art of Innovation & The Ten Faces of Innovation. In regards to innovating, one theme that Tom carries through all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha. So much change: education, jobs and careers along with related transition between them. Authors Reid and Ben (R&B) suggest that to navigate in the new world of work, we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness
For the most part I shut down the comment section around the middle of last year. I had aspirations of building a community here when I first fired this site up ten years ago (the first two years it was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
Body of Work by Pam Slim Did you happen to notice that recession we had a couple of years ago? Maybe you were affected? A job loss, career loss, house loss? Times have been changing for a long time. Finally,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
Jillian Melucci plays fiddle and sings in a folk fusion band in West Central Florida. Jillian, who owns Nails by Jillian located in the New Tampa Sola Salon Studios, is also a master nail technician. Talk with Jillian about either... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
This is not a discussion about economics. Ugh, I wish it were. Although I've been writing online since 1997, this is officially my tenth year with Typepad and the blog format. I've always envisioned this space as a time capsule... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews
Would you spend close to four thousand dollars for a book? Ted Gup, professor of journalism at Emerson College, did. Ted bought How the Other Half Lives by Jacob A. Riis. Riis, using both camera and rhetoric, exposed the deplorable... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Rothacker Reviews