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Your First Million podcast.

December 31, 2019

A podcast by Arlan Hamilton that goes behind-the-scenes and teaches you how to make your first million dollars, get your first million downloads, or find your first million customers. Arlan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, has raised more than $10M, and has invested in over 100 companies led by people of color, women, and/or LGBTQ.



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Sahil Lavingia is the founder and CEO of Gumroad, a web platform where creators can sell products directly to consumers. He started the company while working at Pinterest in San Francisco, raised venture capital and ascended to the elites, but eventually, changed his trajectory, fired everyone and relocated to a small town in Utah. Why this was the right path for Sahil, and why venture capital is not a fit for everyone, it's all in this episode.

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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.


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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.


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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 Yoir First Million interviewee @Janine joined the conversation as my special guest. This episode also features the first 5 audio minutes of my new book, It’s About Damn Time!

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I wanted to share some insights from NVCA’s recent white paper and letter to the U.S. Treasury that you may have missed. Let’s get in/formation! itsaboutdamntime.com

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Leanne Pittsford is the entrepreneur and founder behind Lesbians Who Tech, the largest LGBTQ community of technologists in the world - committed to visibility, intersectionality, and changing the face of technology with 40,000 non-binary, LGBTQ women, queer women of color (and our allies) in tech and over 40+ city chapters worldwide.


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‘Team360’

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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.

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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.

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A special episode commissioned from the enquiring minds of Abadesi and Michael of the wildly popular UK podcast, Techish.

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Sophia Bush is an American actress, activist, director and producer. She starred as Brooke Davis in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill. She also appeared in films such as John Tucker Must Die and the Incredibles 2. She is known for her philanthropy and social activism, including her work for the Time's Up movement. She was also a spokesperson for DoSomething.org. [show notes coming soon!]
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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

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Hear Arlan’s new interview with Espree at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sxsw-special-edition-arlan-hamilton-founder-managing/id1171499482?i=1000470944061

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Impromptu recording of my thoughts on coronavirus, Trump, and connection. Text #yourfirstmillion to me at 832-210-1276 if you listen to this podcast 👍🏾

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Chloe Lanier is an American actress. She is known for playing the villainous Nelle Benson on the ABC soap opera General Hospital, for which she was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2017, winning that award the following year and again being nominated in 2019.


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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.”

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On today’s episode, I interview Ed Zimmerman, who leads my companies’ legal team at Lowenstein 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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COVID-19 - #3: Friday Q&A about the Coronavirus

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Q&A about the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19. I answer 3 questions:


1. How are you personally affected by events being cancelled and postponed, and how are you preparing personally?


2. How does one navigate promoting their work during a crisis?


3. What have you heard from founders who are currently raising about how COVID-19 is affecting them? Is investing now scary or more appealing to investors?

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An impromptu episode about the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Let's virtual hug it out!

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An impromptu episode about the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Let's virtual hug it out!

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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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.


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Arlan gives her thoughts on Away.


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In this episode, Arlan announces Oxford's first scholarship for Black scholars.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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It's Arlan's 39th birthday and her debut nonfiction book, It's About Damn Time, is officially available for pre-order!


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In this bonus episode, I share my thoughts about WeWork.


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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.


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In this bonus episode, I talk about my new podcast studio.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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In this bonus...bonus episode, I give my 2 cents on recent Forbes Innovators list flub. You know I had to do it.


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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.


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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.


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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


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My take on doubling down on your hobby in order to strengthen your resolve as an entrepreneur.


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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.


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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.


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 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. 


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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.


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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.   


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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.


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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. 


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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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. 


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Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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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). 


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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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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.


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This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch.

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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)

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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.  


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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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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!


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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)

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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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Named one of the most influential investors in the Nordics, Sophia Bendz is a Swedish angel investor and partner at Atomico. As one of the first employees at Spotify, she helped the company go from product idea to millions of customers within just a few years. Sophia has been a champion of founders, investing in more than 30 as an angel investor, and launched the Angel Programme at Atomico. This episode was recorded in London at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, where Sophia was a featured speaker.


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Follow Sophia on Twitter


"How I Angel Invest" on Medium


Sponsor


This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch.(To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.)


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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Description


Liz Fong-Jones is a Site Reliability Engineer and former high-ranking Google employee who used her talents as a coder and some strategic planning to take her out of a tumultuous early home life and into the life of a multi-millionaire. Arlan and Liz met up in New York City to speak candidly about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


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Sponsor


This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch.


(To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.)


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Transcript


The transcript for this episode will be added shortly.


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)

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Description


Amy Griffin grew up in the Texas Panhandle and became an athlete, sports analyst and philanthropist. It was while raising her four young children that she caught the investing bug, and launched her own venture fund, G9 Ventures. In this episode, Arlan visits Amy at her office in New York City, to discuss privilege versus entitlement.


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Sponsor


This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch.


(To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.)


Mentions



Transcript


The transcript for this episode will be added shortly.


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)

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Description


Dr. Pamela Jolly has dedicated the past 15 years to helping connect the dots between the storied history of the U.S. and its race relations, and today’s wealth gap. In this interview recorded at Arlan’s home in Los Angeles, Dr. Jolly breaks down the importance of all Americans keeping our past in mind while aiming for wealth legacy.


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Sponsor


This episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Apply for DigitalOcean Hatch.


(To inquire about sponsoring the YFM podcast, please get in touch.)


Mentions


Backstage Accelerator Philadelphia


Transcript


You can find the transcript for this episode here.


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)

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Your First Million takes you on a journey to find out how the world’s most successful people finessed their first million…dollars, customers, or downloads. This weekly podcast features Arlan having real, in-depth conversations about topics they normally reserve for friends and family. Is there a trick to becoming a millionaire? What is the common thread that makes someone successful? Tune in and take notes, as Arlan works towards making her first million.

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