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July 20, 2020
Ollen Douglass is the Managing Director for Motley Fool Ventures which launched in 2018. Prior to becoming the Managing Director, Ollen was CFO of The Motley Fool for 14 years. Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
July 17, 2020
Jennifer Carroll Foy is a representative of Virginia's 2nd House of Delegates district. This year, she announced her run for governor of Virginia in 2021. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
July 13, 2020
Brandon D. Anderson, Founder & CEO, founded Raheem after police killed his partner during a routine traffic stop. He is a U.S. army veteran, 2019 TED Fellow, and Smithsonian Ingenuity Award Nominee. Brandon graduated from Georgetown University in 2015. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
July 12, 2020
Join @ArlanWasHere and @Jason as they get into some #realtalk this Sunday afternoon about syndicates, Backstage Crowd, finding 7 unicorns (!!), and the one venture firm who Jason doesn’t get along with. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
July 11, 2020
Join Arlan as she sits down--virtually--with cast members from her favorite TV show, General Hospital. It kicks off with a few mins 1-on-1 with actress Katelyn McMullen ("Willow"), followed by a mega group chat with cast members Chloe Lanier ("Nelle"), Sofia Mattsson ("Sasha"), Briana Henry ("Jordan"), Tamara Braun (fmr "Kim Nero"), Laura Wright ("Carly"), and Finola Hughes ("Anna")! Alternate description: "aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!" Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
July 4, 2020
Welcome! (Or just a refresher for longtime listeners) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
July 3, 2020
Tanya Van Court is the Founder and CEO of Goalsetter. Goalsetter is a goal-based savings, gifting and financial literacy platform, made just for kids and families. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
June 28, 2020
BackstageCrowd.com - Paige Craig is one of the top 3 syndicate leads on Angellist of all time in terms of number of members who have backed his syndicate and amount each deal could pull in. I spoke with him this afternoon about my new syndicate BackstageCrowd.com, and how syndicate members should strategize. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
June 22, 2020
Impromptu episode to announce Backstage Crowd’s first non-accredited investor deal, portfolio company Fleeting, on republic.co. More than $750k raised and 3.5k+ individual investors, and has a cap of ~$1m. I didn’t want you to miss it so releasing this today! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
June 20, 2020
Grab a pen and paper to take notes! Here’s more context on the new BackstageCrowd.com investment syndicate that I have launched with my team. Great for anyone who has questions beyond our Q&A episode, who wants to think through investment strategy within the syndicate, or who is curious about our first deal. Accredited and non-accredited, inquire within! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
June 17, 2020
Finding small gems, investing in them, building teams, getting other like-minded supporters involved, combining the right ingredients for growth… that’s what Swati has done her entire career. For starters, she invested in herself, getting degrees at Oxford and Harvard as a Rhodes scholar. She learned how great teams and companies are built from the inside at start-ups Quid & Square. Most recently, she learned how capital supports and amplifies entrepreneurs as a partner at KPCB. Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
June 13, 2020
Hear the June 12 virtual Q&A about our new investing syndicate, BackstageCrowd.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
June 10, 2020
Casey Kelley launched Blended Designs in 2017 after her son told her “I want a bag with my face on it.” Using her background in consumer insights and analytics, she did the research and confirmed that there was a lack of Black representation in school gear. Today, Blended Designs specializes in printing children of color on backpacks, but the product line has expanded into so much more. In this episode, we talk about the landmark 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision, how Blended Designs stays innovative, and the future of the company. I’m really looking forward to hear what you think - leave a message... just keep in mind that the recording cuts you off at 1 minute: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message And thank you Purple for sponsoring the show! Highlights 12:38 Casey tells me what makes Blended Design backpacks special 15:57 We talk about the COVID-19 masks protests and our observations as Black women 17:25 Casey talks about how Blended Designs earned their first million by listening to their customers 20:41 I ask her how the company pivoted during COVID-19 to make their second (!) million 22:40 Casey tells me what she was doing before Blended Designs and how her son inspired the business 25:30 She explains the importance of protecting intellectual property 28:53 I ask her about the future of Blended Designs 31:56 Casey Kelley tells me (unprompted) what she thinks about my book It’s About Damn Time as someone who primarily enjoys fiction books Links Blendeddesigns.com Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
June 8, 2020
June 8, 2019 I hit publish on my first episode of Your First Million. Hear about some behind the scenes thoughts on the first year of episodes and production🙌🏾 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
June 4, 2020
My opinion is you should listen to the whole episode or not at all... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
June 1, 2020
This episode is me selling you something. Only listen if you want $19,000 worth of online business courses for $100. Happens once per year and is insanely valuable. Get my fast track course + 70+ other business courses for $100 June 1 - 8. It’s ridiculous. Listen to the episode and visit itsaboutdamntime.com/bundle for all the info. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
May 28, 2020
85million+ albums sold, record-breaking tours, and a career that spans 3 decades, it was an honor to welcome living legend T-Boz to the show. Special thanks to my brother Alfred ‘Rook’ Hamilton for creating the opportunity for this interview, and @Janine for co-hosting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
May 26, 2020
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May 23, 2020
Chase Jarvis is an American photographer, director, artist, and entrepreneur. Since April 2014, Jarvis has been the chief executive officer of CreativeLive, an online education platform that he co-founded in 2010. Links Arlan's Photos Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
May 19, 2020
Quick bite! itsaboutdamntime.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
May 16, 2020
Chris Guillebeau is an entrepreneur, explorer, and New York Times-bestselling author. During a lifetime of self-employment, Guillebeau visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday.  He is the author of seven books, including The Art of Non-Conformity, The $100 Startup, The Happiness of Pursuit, Side Hustle and The Money Tree. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
May 9, 2020
With hits like “Caught Out There,” & “Milkshake,” Kelis needs no introduction. We spoke candidly about entrepreneurship, artistry, and legacy during this live recording in front of an intimate online audience, May 8, 2020. Recent Your First Million interviewee @Janine joined the conversation as my special guest. Did you enjoy this episode? What are your thoughts? Leave me a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message Highlights 8:01 A sneak preview of my book It’s About Damn Time! 16:37 Janine and I reminisce about our time on tour together  20:21 Kelis talks about growing up in Harlem 23:30 She talks about the Black music community in NYC in the 90s 26:36 I ask how she stays grounded when she started at such a young age 31:38 Janine asks Kelis what it’s like to balance herself as an artist and a person who needs to live 39:45 Kelis talks about making Milkshake and her fight to produce music that she wanted to make 43:57 I ask Kelis about the process of understanding her worth  47:15 I ask her about taking a break from music and attending Cordon Bleu in 2007 51:59 I ask Kelis to talk more about the Netflix Show Cooked with Cannabis Q&A 56:50 Do you have any other culinary plans for the future? 59:34 What is your advice when it comes to dealing with people dredging up your past  62:32 Kelis talks about stepping out of her artistry and building her wealth 66:33 She talks about the importance of owning land: “20-30% of America’s farms were owned by Black families. We gave all that up for an apartment.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
May 5, 2020
itsaboutdamntime.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
May 4, 2020
At the beginning of May 2020, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released some interesting and time-sensitive pieces in light of COVID-19. I want to share this information with you because I don’t think this is just about VCs. Entrepreneurs, innovators, and small businesses will be the ones to bring the world out of this pandemic - help them make it happen. You have an opportunity to write to your representatives about getting this stimulus package to the people who need it. How are you doing? Did you find this helpful? Leave me a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message Highlights 4:56 How the NVCA is encouraging the government to increase PPP funding 5:58 Why I see the world of VC as more than just the extremely wealthy 8:16 Statistics and numbers about how startups are affected 10:40 Why it’s important to help the VC industry stay afloat 15:00 How this affects underrepresented founders 17:48 How Backstage Capital is trying to provide opportunities for serendipitous relationships to happen between investors and entrepreneurs 20:08 Some companies that I see doing great work 29:00 VC-specific details and terms in the NVCA letter to the treasury Links https://backstagecapital.com/together https://nvca.org/ https://itsaboutdamntime.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
May 2, 2020
In 2012, Leanne Pittsford created a Facebook event for lesbians working in the San Francisco tech industry. Now, Lesbians Who Tech has hosted six summits in addition to dozens of other events around the world. And in 2020, they will host the first virtual Pride Summit. It’s the largest LGBTQ community of technologists in the world. But it’s not just for lesbians – everyone is invited to support and attend the events! Leanne and I chat about why our community needs this, how she provides value to businesses, and the importance of reclaiming the word lesbian. Did you enjoy the episode? Leave me a message at: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message Highlights 7:17 Leanne talks about how working with the No on Prop 8 campaign inspired the concept for Lesbians Who Tech 10:38 She describes what the first meetups were like at bars 16:11 I ask about her branding choice, how intentional it was, and how it’s helped (or hurt) her mission 20:30 I ask Leanne about taking the leap from small gatherings to a large summit 26:04 Leanne tells me about reaching $1 million and how Lesbians Who Tech reinvests in the community 28:41 She talks about how the business still serves the community in light of the pandemic 33:00 Leanne reflects on what gives her optimism about the near future 35:02 I ask her why she brings politicians to speak at events, and whether she sees herself running for office Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
April 30, 2020
‘Team360’ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
April 29, 2020
Minda Harts is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Memo (What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table). This audio is taken from a live virtual conversation that took place on April 29, 2020 with approx 100 in attendance. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
April 24, 2020
Tara Reed is a tech entrepreneur with previous experience working in marketing at Google, Foursquare, and Microsoft. After that experience, she launched Kollecto, an app for affordable art collecting. She is the founder of Apps Without Code an 8-week Bootcamp program that teaches non-technical founders how to build apps without programming knowledge. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
April 22, 2020
A special episode commissioned from the enquiring minds of Abadesi and Michael of the wildly popular UK podcast, Techish. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
April 21, 2020
“It’s one thing to be an employee and make your salary…It’s another thing to be invested.” After years of running in similar circles but never crossing paths, Sophia Bush and I finally take a moment to get to know each other. We have mutual friends in the entertainment industry, and when I started Backstage Capital, I found out that Sophia is also an investor in her own right. You may know her from One Tree Hill, John Tucker Must Die, and Chicago Fire. But what you may not know is that she wanted to be a cardiovascular surgeon, she’s successfully invested in multiple startups, and she encourages women to demand equity from the spaces they contribute to. Episode highlights 10:08 Sophia talks about growing up with the privilege of exposure 16:03 Why did she go to school to be an actress instead of a cardiovascular surgeon? 23:38 Sophia recalls the audition process for her role on One Tree Hill 29:33 Did she make her first million on One Tree Hill? 31:06 How attending conferences (for fun) and making friends led to investing in startups 33:55 We discuss our experiences of being underrepresented people who want skin in the game 40:34 Why it’s important to know your value in any industry 43:12 What Sophia is working on now, and how she’s finally achieving her dream to be a cardiovascular surgeon 45:21 What the film and TV industry might look like after COVID-19 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
April 15, 2020
I’ve got a new online course that answers the number one question I’ve been asked by thousands of founders over the years. Visit itsaboutdamntime.com and click on ‘Arlan’s Academy’ to preview. And of course YFM listeners get a special discount at checkout by using code: yourfirstmillion --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
April 9, 2020
Hear Arlan’s new interview with Espree at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sxsw-special-edition-arlan-hamilton-founder-managing/id1171499482?i=1000470944061 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
April 6, 2020
Revel CPA x Backstage Capital Info Session On Friday, April 3, Arlan held an info session with Revel CPA. Visit itsaboutdamntime.com/resources to access the PDF from the discussion as you listen to the session here. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
April 4, 2020
I interviewed Shark Tank star and Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban today on Zoom. This is the full audio. Many gems were dropped. Visit itsaboutdamntime.com for video soon. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 31, 2020
I interviewed my good friend and co-writer Rachel from her home office in Nottingham, England for another profile in courage during an unprecedented time. Relatable and real. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 29, 2020
I interviewed my business partner Christie, coworker Brittany, apprentice Chacho, and mother Mrs. Sims to see how they’ve each been handling major life moments during social distancing. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 29, 2020
Impromptu recording of my thoughts on coronavirus, Trump, and connection. Text #yourfirstmillion to me at 832-210-1276 if you listen to this podcast 👍🏾 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 27, 2020
Born and raised outside of Dallas, Chloe Lanier moved to L.A. with just $200 to her name and no formal education in acting. Now she’s a Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress on General Hospital. But she still has a few things to check off her bucket list, like meeting Lady Gaga. Chloe and I talk about how she got started in television, the supportive community she’s found, and what she has planned for her future. And, of course, we talk about General Hospital. Episode highlights: 11:05 Chloe tells us about growing up outside of Dallas and falling in love with acting 15:37 She explains how she pursued her passion for acting, even though her college loan for drama school was declined 17:05 Chloe talks about working at the YMCA while filming the show Army Wives 18:39 Why it’s important to find a strong, supportive community in the film industry 20:32 How does she feel about where she is in her career? 21:54 Chloe talks about how Lady Gaga has influenced her growth and well-being 26:29 What Chloe is working on for the future 28:34 I ask whether Nelle is going to stick around on General Hospital 29:33 We talk about the challenges of working on daytime television, including character development and growth Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 25, 2020
On today’s episode, Arlan reads BusinessInsider.com article by Jennifer Ortakales and Bartie Scott. We learn: “The Senate and White House came to a bipartisan agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus package in an effort to recover and stabilize the American economy during the coronavirus crisis. More than $300 billion of the deal is earmarked for small businesses struggling to stay afloat and to keep workers amid nationwide closures and social distancing. Eligible businesses would be able to defer their payroll taxes until 2021 and receive small business loans to continue payroll.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 22, 2020
On today’s episode, I interview Ed Zimmerman, who leads my companies’ legal team at Lowenstein & Sandler in NYC, and Amy Nelson, Founder & CEO of national co-working and online community The Riveter based in Seattle. This episode is jam-packed with timely information and insights for founders, investors, parents, and citizens aboard this Coronavirus new-normal ride. @EdGrapeNutZimm @Amy_Riveter --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 21, 2020
I now listen to 16 daily podcasts about the state of the world and coronavirus, and am going to be breaking down some of my learnings in these episodes so you don’t have to listen to 16!! :) NPR, CNN, BBC, VOX, Pod Save, Politico, Trevor Noah, Maddow, WSJ, NYT, The Economist, all shaken up and stirred with my non-expert, non-journalistic takes. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 18, 2020
Visit @Janine on Instagram and Twitter --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 16, 2020
This morning I wanted to focus on the people who are not only their family’s caretaker, but are running a company at this time of great uncertainty. Let’s discuss how we take care of them and ourselves. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 15, 2020
The facts don’t lie. We are putting others in danger if we don’t take social distancing seriously *now*. Let’s take care of each other. + you sent in your voice messages and I’ll continue to air some of them! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 14, 2020
The experimentation rolls on. Today I tried anchor.fm’s feature that lets you add listeners to your recording for a dialogue. Quickly posted on twitter to join in, and had 3 amazing conversations that I think are super relatable in these times. Hear from Atlanta, Vancouver, and Abuja, Nigeria. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 14, 2020
These are the times for experimentation and getting back to basics. In this case my tinkering around with the anchor.fm app today helped me find a buried voicemail that made my day:) - Arlan --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 13, 2020
COVID-19 - #3: Friday Q&A about the Coronavirus --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
March 12, 2020
An impromptu episode about the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Let's virtual hug it out!
March 12, 2020
An impromptu episode about the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Let's virtual hug it out!
March 8, 2020
Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus sits down with Arlan in LA to discuss how she and her teammates—including YFM alum Jewel Burks-Solomon— turned their highly technical startup into a successful exit to Amazon in just a few short years. Today, Nashlie leads the Amazon Visual Search & AR team-Atlanta. She received her PhD from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology and her BS in ECE from Mississippi State University. Her core research area is Artificial Intelligence. This native of Jackson, MS, recently became founder of The Bean Path non-profit which assists individuals with technical expertise/ guidance. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
February 26, 2020
Yao Huang visited Arlan’s podcast space in LA from NYC recently for what turned into an impromptu interview. A highly entrepreneurial executive who works with businesses and start-ups in many industries with a focus on technology, Yao focuses on assisting with revenue and funding. She is a the founder of The Hatchery, and has just announced a new debt vehicle for women founders. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
February 19, 2020
Arlan's former tour managing client, Janine, is a New Zealand-born singer, songwriter, producer, and actress now based in Los Angeles. She gives us the real on what it's like to go from signing a major label deal, to indie, and how doing things on her own terms with fewer resources has had a higher upside. This one is for creatives and tech entrepreneurs alike! Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
February 14, 2020
YelloPain is a rap artist from Dayton, OH whose new song “My Vote Don’t Count” has gone viral in the past few days. He joins Arlan in Los Angeles at her invitation to talk about how he feels the next 10 years can be drastically improved by our right to vote, and how the last few days have been life-changing. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
February 8, 2020
Jurnee joins Arlan in Arlan's podcasting space in Los Angeles to discuss growing up in a family of professional actors, starring in one of the year's most talked-about blockbuster films, Birds of Prey, and becoming the family bookkeeper by age 11! Listen in for this story of creativity, resilience, and authenticity as activism. Links Twitter Instagram Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
January 29, 2020
In this episode, Arlan plays audio of her friend and apprentice Chacho’s first keynote speech in Detroit. Chacho starts by sharing an incredible story about how he went from working at a cell phone store to the investing business. Plus you’ll learn a lot more about Arlan, her fund Backstage Capital, how she and her team think about investing, building, and access to resources. Links Twitter Video Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
January 19, 2020
Henrik Werdelin launched his career as a fearless executive at MTV Europe, before moving to New York to explore the U.S. startup scene. His companies Prehype and BarkBox have generated millions in revenue, with millions of happy customers. Hear why Henrik thinks success is a team sport, how being from Denmark has influenced his work, and how a vulnerable question he asks Arlan near the end turns into a deep dive on allyship.
January 12, 2020
On this special episode, Arlan tries something a little different for YFM! You'll hear the entire episode of another person's podcast. This time the tables are turned and it's Arlan who is in the hot seat being interviewed by Nadège August. Links What The Fockery? Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
January 1, 2020
On the premiere episode of Season 2 of YFM, Arlan interviews special guest Jameela Jamil (The Good Place)! They discuss Jameela’s activism, how she made her first million $, how she got her first million online followers, and what they don’t teach you in celebrity school. Links I Weigh on Instagram Twitter Instagram Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
December 28, 2019
The first season of YFM has been such a fun experience, and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got lined up for Season 2! As we countdown to the end of a year AND a decade, hear which of the 44 episodes made into the Top 10 (by plays). Thanks for listening! Links Gusto Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
December 23, 2019
A note from Arlan.
December 15, 2019
Ellen Pompeo made headlines in 2018 when she re-upped her already record-shattering contract for the long running beloved show Grey’s Anatomy, and became the highest paid dramatic actor on television. In this incredibly candid and open interview with Arlan, she shares her thoughts on power, privilege, and purpose. And we hear what she’ll miss the most if Grey’s ever goes off of the air! Links Instagram Twitter Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
December 9, 2019
Dana is a multi-millionaire Christian entrepreneur dedicated to spreading wealth to the Christian community. The first company to gain international success was the Sprinkle of Jesus app, a media company which she then began to branch off to need-based businesses and build an empire of profitable sources of income. Links Instagram Website Sprinkle of Jesus
December 7, 2019
Arlan gives her thoughts on Away. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
December 2, 2019
In this episode, Arlan announces Oxford's first scholarship for Black scholars. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
December 1, 2019
Melissa Nightingale has been a startup warrior since the first dotcom boom . She has held senior leadership roles in marketing, pr, and strategy at several fast paced startups, including Wattpad, Edmodo, and Mozilla. Johnathan Nightingale has built and operated organizations from 2 people to 250. He was the Vice President of Firefox for Mozilla during a period of intense turmoil inside Mozilla and out. Both are founders and partners at Raw Signal Group. Links Raw Signal Group Melissa's Twitter Johnathan's Twitter Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
November 24, 2019
Jaime Schmidt is Founder of Schmidt's Naturals, the natural personal care brand that she scaled from her kitchen to acquisition by Unilever in 2017. Today, the brand is sold in over 30 countries and 30,000 retailers, and Jaime continues to support their global expansion. Since Schmidt’s breakthrough, Jaime has focused her efforts on enabling other entrepreneurs to pursue their own visions for a better future, and empowering the next generation of consumer brands. Through her inclusive investment firm, Color, Jaime invests directly in emerging founders, primarily women and people of color. Links Website Color Schmidt's Twitter Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
November 18, 2019
Stacy London is an American stylist/fashion consultant, author, and magazine editor known primarily for her time as co-host on What Not to Wear, a reality television program that featured wardrobe and appearance makeovers. After graduating from Vassar College, London started her career as a fashion editor at Vogue and transitioned into being a stylist for celebrities and designers. She moved into television by co-hosting What Not to Wear with Clinton Kelly, and doing fashion reporting for Access Hollywood, The Early Show, and the Today Show. Links Instagram Twitter Stacy London's Midlife Renaissance The Riveter Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
November 11, 2019
Jamila Souffrant is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), podcaster, blogger, money coach and founder of JourneyToLaunch.com where she shares her journey to reach Financial Freedom and helps others do the same. Her mission is to teach, inspire and help others reach financial freedom. Links Journey To Launch Instagram Twitter First We Feast Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
November 5, 2019
Jodi Kovitz is the founder and CEO of #movethedial, a global movement that she launched in January 2017 and is dedicated to advancing the participation and advancement of all women in tech. In 2017, Jodi was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women; and in 2018 as Women of Influence's one of Canada's Top 25 Most Powerful Women as one of Adweek’s Toronto Brand Stars. Links Twitter Move The Dial Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
October 30, 2019
It's Arlan's 39th birthday and her debut nonfiction book, It's About Damn Time, is officially available for pre-order! Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
October 23, 2019
In this bonus episode, I share my thoughts about WeWork. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
October 20, 2019
Josh Wyatt is the CEO of Neuehouse, a boutique membership co-working and curated social club in Los Angeles and New York. He formerly co-founded and served as the Chief Strategic Officer of one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the world, elevated hostel company Elevator, which sold for half a billion dollars. In this episode, Josh shares a deeply personal and shocking moment in his life that changed everything, gives his opinion of WeWork’s wild few weeks, and shares his holistic view of what working will mean in the future. Links NeueHouse Twitter Instagram Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
October 15, 2019
In this bonus episode, I talk about my new podcast studio. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
October 14, 2019
Sahil Lavingia is the founder and CEO of Gumroad, a web platform where creators can sell products directly to consumers. He was previously employee #2 at Pinterest. Links Gumroad Medium article Twitter Evan Doll iPhone University course Evan Doll Twitter Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
September 29, 2019
Tiffany is a recognized national expert on women’s leadership and author of DROP THE BALL: Achieving More by Doing Less. She is the founder and CEO of The Cru, what she calls a "constellation of women" committed to helping one another thrive. Don't have a cru? Don't worry. They got you. Links The Cru Drop the Ball Twitter Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
September 29, 2019
Matt is a former software engineer (turned startup CEO) with a passion for developing products. His company Map My Customers is redefining what sales execution and territory management means for teams around the globe and is now one of the leading data visualization and geo-analytics tools used by thousands of sales teams across the world. Links Twitter Map My Customers Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
September 18, 2019
Delane Parnell is the founder of PlayVS, a fast-rising esports platform specializing in high schools. Launched in 2017, PlayVS is the official operator of esports in high schools in 15 U.S. states (and counting), and has raised nearly $100mil - half of that in their latest Series C round of a whopping $50mil. Investors include Diddy, Michael Ovitz, Science and more. Born and raised in Detroit, 27-year old Delane has been working since he was 13, was at one point the youngest Black venture capitalist in the country, and has owned and sold companies since he was a teenager. Links PlayVS Twitter Instagram Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
September 13, 2019
Mel Robbins is one of the most booked women speakers in the world. She’s an inspirational speaker, a best-selling author, and now a daytime talk show host. The Mel Robbins Show, produced by Sony, debuts Sept 16, 2019. Listen in on this electric conversation recorded in Mel’s New York office. Links Mel Robbins Instagram The 5 Second Rule Mindset Reset Guide Audible: Get a free Audible book and 30-day trial at www.audibletrial.com/YourFirstMillion! Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
September 8, 2019
In this bonus...bonus episode, I give my 2 cents on recent Forbes Innovators list flub. You know I had to do it. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
September 8, 2019
In this bonus episode we travel back to late 2017 when I interviewed “unicorn” founder (meaning her company is worth more than a billion dollars) Therese Tucker. This pink haired, soft-spoken powerhouse has mostly flown under the radar but has a strong message for listeners: you can it, too. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
September 8, 2019
Detroit native Melissa Butler is the founder of beauty brand The Lip Bar, which has become a nationwide phenomenon. Melissa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from Florida A & M University before working on Wall Street as a licensed stock broker. In 2012 she made a life pivot and grew an indie upstart into what has become a multimillion dollar business. The Lip Bar has a flagship store in Detroit, and can be found in nearly 500 Target locations nationwide. Links Lip Bar Melissa Butler on the Today Show Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
August 29, 2019
In this bonus episode, I have an impromptu conversation with Pete Buttigieg after moderating his town hall style Q&A session in Oakland on August 27th, 2019. I also speak with his Press Secretary, Nina Smith, about being a Black woman in one of the highest position on his campaign. *as of this recording I have not made a decision about a Democratic candidate Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
August 25, 2019
My take on doubling down on your hobby in order to strengthen your resolve as an entrepreneur. Links Twitter Instagram Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
August 25, 2019
Ryan Hoover is the co-founder and CEO of the wildly popular startup platform Product Hunt. After selling it to AngelList, he remains at the helm of the company and leads a ~20-person remote team across the world. Product Hunt has helped give meaningful exposure to more than 50,000 companies and their tens of millions of product launches, and Ryan is regarded as one of the most influential people in tech. He now also invests in startups out of his Weekend Fund and recently relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Links Ryan Hoover Product Hunt Weekend Fund Suzy Ryoo Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
August 18, 2019
Paul Judge is an entrepreneur, inventor and investor who has been based in Atlanta since 1995. He is a co-founder of TechSquare Labs, Pindrop (valued at $600million as of Dec 2018), Luma (acquired 2018), and Purewire (acquired 2009), and former Chief Technology Officer of CipherTrust (acquired 2006). He has invested in over 60 technology startups to date. Paul also briefly worked with IBM and NASA. His companies have gone on to exit for hundreds of millions of dollars cumulatively. Paul is featured prominently in Fast Company's September 2019 Atlanta issue. Links Instagram Website Fast Company article Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
August 11, 2019
Description: So...some news:) + This episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a free book and 30-day trial at www.audibletrial.com/YourFirstMillion! Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
August 4, 2019
In this bonus episode, I share audio from a recent video Office Hours series the co-working startup The Riveter held in partnership with my investment firm Backstage Capital. I address submitted questions around knowing when to fundraise, and what should send you running when considering an investor.  Links Backstage Capital Headliners  Original videos at The Riveter Fast Company article Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
August 4, 2019
Justin Kan is the co-founder of Twitch, a live streaming company that was acquired by Amazon for nearly $1 billion in 2014 and is currently used by more than 15 million people daily. He’s a former Y Combinator (startup accelerator) partner, and has invested in dozens of companies as an angel investor. Today he is the founder and CEO of Atrium, a legal startup for the modern age. Links: Twitter Instagram Website Atrium Twitch Justin.tv Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse Bullet Journaling Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
July 28, 2019
On this jam-packed bonus episode, I give a step by step account of how I conquered (for the most part) 30 years of stage fright in 6 months.   Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)  
July 28, 2019
Jewel Burks Solomon is co-founder of Partpic, an Atlanta-based startup that was designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision technology. After Partpic was acquired by Amazon in 2016, Jewel became an angel investor and advisor to dozens of startups across the country. She is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and a graduate of Howard University. Links: Twitter Instagram Side Hustle Pro episode Nashlie Sephus, PhD Sponsor This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch. (To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.) Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
July 21, 2019
Keith Wasserman is the co-founder of Gelt, a Los Angeles-based investment firm that acquires, manages and re-positions real estate investments. Since 2008, Gelt has acquired over 10,000 units, starting with their first acquisition of 4 units. These properties are worth more than $1 billion collectively. Links: Twitter Gelt You First Million Episode 3 with Liz-Fong Jones Sponsor This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch. (To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.) Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4) 
July 21, 2019
On this bonus episode, I discuss with you a common request I receive, and how you can be closer to your $1 million goal in the next 24 hours by doing something over which you have complete control. Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4) 
July 12, 2019
Pulling at the thread started in Irma’s episode (#8) of being your authentic self at work—in our case, hella gay—I chat about the decisions I’ve made to be unapologetically me and how that has translated to cold hard cash. Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
July 12, 2019
Irma Olguin is the CEO and co-founder of Bitwise Industries. She oversees the company’s operations teams, as well as tech-focused training program, Geekwise Academy, and custom software development firm, Shift3 Technologies. In June 2019, Bitwise announced a $27million Series A round of funding, making Irma one of the Latinx startup founders with the largest raises in history. Having trained and inspired thousands of boot camp students, she and her partner Jake Soberal have transformed downtown Fresno and forever changed the city. With their fresh intake of capital, they’re set to take the rest California by storm. Links: Bitwise Industries Geekwise Academy Shift3 Technologies Sponsor This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch. (To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.) Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
July 6, 2019
Jeff Ullrich is a pioneer in the podcasting world. In 2010, he launched Earwolf, a leading comedy podcast platform that houses the shows of some of your favorite comedians. He later founded Midroll, an advertising platform that monetizes podcasts. This one-stop-shop of companies was acquired in 2015 for more than $50million. Because Jeff was not able to find any investors to believe in his vision early, he owned the majority of the company, thus making him a multi-millionaire seemingly overnight.  Links: Twitter Midroll Earwolf Stacey Abrams Fair Fight Campaign Sponsor This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch. (To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.) Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
June 29, 2019
Anna Eichenauer is a writer, composer, actor, director, editor, Youtuber and SEO expert from Bavaria (Germany). She has more than 3 million combined views on her YouTube channels Why Stuff is Great and Queer German Girl. Her music compositions have been featured and licensed on games, podcasts, films and television shows around the world. She is the producer of the Your First Million podcast (this one!), and she is adorably engaged to Arlan (OK, Arlan wrote that part). Links: Twitter Why Video Is Great YouTube Channel Website Sponsor This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch. (To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.) Credits Producer and Editor: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
June 29, 2019
Dawn Dickson is the founder and CEO of rollable flats, Flat Out of Heels, and high-IQ vending machine hardware and software company Popcom. In 2019 she became the first Black woman to raise $1mil in a Reg CF (security token) crowdfunding offering. She sits down with Arlan to drop bars about charting your own destiny as a founder. Links: Twitter Medium PopCom Flat Out Of Heels BARS! Podcast Dawn Dickson on Forbes Sponsor This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch. (To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.) Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
June 22, 2019
Brian Grazer is one of the most prolific and well-known producers and writers in Hollywood. Along with his producing partner of 30+ years Ron Howard, they formed Imagine Entertainment, which (conservatively) has more than 200 producer credits to its name—Splash, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Arrested Development, 24, and Empire to name a few. His movies have grossed billions, and he has a net worth of ~$400million.   Links  A Curious Mind   Credits Producer: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer and Editor: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
June 22, 2019
Born in Brazil, Roberta Lucca would go on to study computer science before relocating to England. While there, she started companies—some that worked and some that didn’t —and as you’ll see some that may have just been ahead of their time. Her break came when she co-founded Bossa Studios, a massively popular, BAFTA-award winning gaming studio that has now generated millions in revenue and raised more than $11m in venture. Today Roberta releases Youtube videos that she hopes will empower women with her special brand of practical, actionable advice! Links Twitter YouTube Channel Instagram Bossa Studios Sponsor This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch. (To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.) Credits Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
June 15, 2019
Enjoy this bonus episode recorded live by Arlan just for you. Credits Producer: Anna Eichenauer Senior Producer and Editor: Bryan Landers Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton Additional production: Chacho Valadez Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4)
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