Your First Million

Your First Million
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.

52. Christine Kinnear - Breaking barriers in the UK one Uni student at a time
Sep 17 • 29 min’s director Christine Kinnear has guided more than 100 Black teenagers through the daunting process of applying to top-tier universities in London. Listen in to see what personal event gave her the courage to embark on this journey, and…
PPP loan forgiveness info session
Sep 14 • 63 min
Backstage Capital x Revel CPA present a PPP forgiveness webinar info session. This is the audio from the live virtual webinar on Sept 11, 2020. Visit for the accompanying deck and video to follow along. Visit…
Live Backstage virtual meetup, Sept 15
Sep 10 • 4 min
It’s our 5-year anniversary and we want to share it with you! Super casual hang. Visit to register! —- Send in a voice message:
Arlan’s $1B startup prediction comes true + PPP forgiveness webinar
Sep 7 • 11 min
Did you know I discovered the first hour it was live and even helped its founders search for investors early on? Here’s more of the story! Plus, want to know the latest about PPP forgiveness? Join us this Friday, Sept 11 for a free webinar.…
51. SoulPopped - Soul food-inspired popcorn + a big surprise!
Aug 21 • 49 min
With over 100,000 bags sold, SoulPopped has come a long way from a last-stitch experiment to pay the bills born out of De J.’s kitchen in 2016. Relatable, humble, audacious, and inspiring, this episode will resonate with SO many of you. Can’t wait for you…
50. Aja Volkman - Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Aug 20 • 53 min
Get to know Aja Volkman, lead singer of the new band TWO and former front woman for Nico Vega. In this super in-depth and intimate interview, We talk about organized religion, having a spouse who’s in the same industry as you, raising a family while…
Quick message about Hyper Curious podcast
Aug 20 • 2 min
3> min note to tell you to check out my new episode on Hyper Curious podcast by Roberta Lucca. :) —- Send in a voice message:
49. Aisha Tyler - It’s Her Line, Anyway
Aug 11 • 58 min
Aisha Tyler is an actress, comedian, director and talk show host. You know her from The Talk, Friends, Criminal Minds, Archer, Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, and video games Halo: Reach, Gears of War 3, and Watch Dogs. —- Send in a voice message:…
My thoughts on bandwidth and boundaries.
Jul 30 • 8 min
8mins, check it out. —- Send in a voice message:
48. Ollen Douglass - Nobody’s Fool
Jul 20 • 43 min
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:…
Could Jennifer Carroll Foy be the U.S.’s first Black woman governor?
Jul 16 • 25 min
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:
47. - ending police brutality
Jul 13 • 35 min
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.…
Jason Calacanis - the best startup syndicate investor of all time?
Jul 12 • 76 min
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:…
46. OMG! - General Hospital cast w/Arlan group chat
Jul 10 • 54 min
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”),…
If you’re new to this podcast, start here :)
Jul 4 • 34 min
Welcome! (Or just a refresher for longtime listeners) —- Send in a voice message:
45. Tanya Van Court - Goalsetter
Jul 3 • 34 min
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:…
Paige Craig on syndicate investing, “We could put together $1m in a day or two.”
Jun 28 • 41 min
Paige Craig is one of the most well-respected angel investors in the game, but he didn’t start his career in the finance world. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he started his own military intelligence company and sold it in 2009. Since then, he’s…
Syndicate deal for non-accredited investors - Fleeting -
Jun 21 • 33 min
Impromptu episode to announce Backstage Crowd’s first non-accredited investor deal, portfolio company Fleeting, on 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…
1 solid hour of strategy for Backstage Crowd syndicate members
Jun 20 • 58 min
Grab a pen and paper to take notes! Here’s more context on the new 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…
44. Swati Mylavarapu - Moonshot Investor
Jun 16 • 45 min
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…
Introducing - an investing syndicate
Jun 12 • 82 min
Hear the June 12 virtual Q&A about our new investing syndicate, —- Send in a voice message:
43. Blended Designs - How Black representation turned into $1m in backpack sales
Jun 10 • 35 min
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…
1 year anniversary! + response to my last episode
Jun 7 • 17 min
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:
Who I was referring to in last night’s viral tweet…
Jun 4 • 32 min
My opinion is you should listen to the whole episode or not at all… —- Send in a voice message:
Get $19,000 worth of business courses for $100 this week only
Jun 1 • 32 min
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…
42. T-Boz! From the best-selling U.S. girlgroup of all time, TLC (w/special guest @Janine)
May 27 • 63 min
Over 85 million albums sold. Record-breaking tours. A career that spans 3 decades. T-Boz from the best-selling U.S. girl group TLC graced us with her (online) presence in this amazing interview. We talk about staying true to yourself, how to do smart…
Announcing the 8-week IADT mastermind (free!)
May 26 • 13 min —- Send in a voice message:
41. Chase Jarvis: What Richard Branson, a near-death experience, and missing out on $1B has taught him
May 22 • 51 min
Chase Jarvis disappointed a lot of people when he decided to become a photographer. While he’s still taking pictures today, he’s also the founder of CreativeLive, a platform for all kinds of creators, innovators, and hustlers to learn from each other. And…
‘What do you look for in a founder & company when considering investment’ and more FAQs
May 19 • 1 min
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40. Chris Guillebeau: From idea to income in 27 days
May 16 • 38 min
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…
39. The one and only: KELIS! (w/special guest @Janine)
May 9 • 70 min
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…
It’s. About. Damn. TIME!!
May 5 • 8 min —- Send in a voice message:
Timely insights for entrepreneurs and investors from the NVCA (National Venture Capital Association)
May 4 • 31 min
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,…
38. Leanne Pittsford - Lesbians Who Tech
May 2 • 38 min
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…
Arlan x Minda Harts live chat!
Apr 29 • 47 min
This audio is taken from a live virtual conversation that took place on April 29, 2020 with approx 100 in attendance. After reading Lean In, Minda Harts realized that, while some of the advice was helpful, no one was writing about the obstacles women of…
37. Tara Reed: Creating Apps Without Code
Apr 24 • 25 min
Tara Reed founded Apps Without Code to help anyone build an app, even if they don’t have any technical knowledge. And in 2019, she generated $1 million in revenue from her online course. Ever since I started this podcast, I’ve wanted to interview Tara and…
Rerun! - Techish (UK) hot takes on Arlan’s new book
Apr 22 • 30 min
(Originally aired April 22, 2020) A special episode commissioned from the enquiring minds of Abadesi and Michael of the wildly popular UK podcast, Techish. “Arlan was extremely honest about what was going on in her personal and real life, and how all of…
36. Sophia Bush: Using her voice for equity & equality
Apr 21 • 52 min
“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…
How to raise capital for your company from scratch
Apr 15 • 5 min
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 and click on ‘Arlan’s Academy’ to preview. And of course YFM listeners get a special discount at checkout…
It’s About Damn Time: Special ad from Espree Devora
Apr 9 • 1 min
Hear Arlan’s new interview with Espree at —- Send in a voice message:
Live webinar: SBA funding for companies and individuals
Apr 6 • 65 min
Arlan held an info session with Revel CPA. Visit to access the PDF from the discussion as you listen to the session here. “When in doubt, apply.” Revel CPA is an accounting firm focused on clients working in the…
Mark Cuban live chat with Arlan
Apr 3 • 43 min
If you’re an entrepreneur looking for inspiration during the COVID-19 crisis, my conversation with Mark Cuban may bring you some hope. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an entrepreneur, he still has some great stories to put a smile on your face.…
Coronavirus: Dealing with anxiety in self-isolation
Mar 31 • 33 min
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. Let me know if it helps you: Episode highlights…
Coronavirus: Caring for a newborn, being pregnant, losing a loved one, and being over the age of 70
Mar 29 • 62 min
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. Episode highlights 2:27 Brittany talks about being pregnant for the…
Arlan’s thoughts on a new inflection point
Mar 28 • 22 min
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:
35. Chloe Lanier: General Hospital, Gaga and more!
Mar 27 • 38 min
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,…
Breaking: What founders should know about the new $300 billion stimulus bill for small businesses
Mar 25 • 7 min
On today’s episode, Arlan reads 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…
How are startup investors and WFH parents dealing with coronavirus?
Mar 22 • 48 min
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. Episode highlights: 6:58 Ed tells us…
Arlan’s Coronavirus update, Saturday March 21
Mar 21 • 20 min
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,…
COVID-19 - #7: Tuesday - Singer @Janine provides some positivity + your voicemail
Mar 18 • 6 min
Visit @Janine on Instagram and Twitter —- Send in a voice message:
COVID-19 - #6: Monday - Who’s taking care of the caretakers?
Mar 16 • 23 min
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:…
COVID-19 - #5: Sunday plea for social distancing + YOUR voicemails!
Mar 15 • 20 min
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:…
COVID-19 - #4: Saturday live phone call re: coronavirus with listeners
Mar 14 • 16 min
The experimentation rolls on. Today I tried’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…
A special voicemail from Oxford!
Mar 14 • 2 min
These are the times for experimentation and getting back to basics. In this case my tinkering around with the app today helped me find a buried voicemail that made my day:) - Arlan —- Send in a voice message:
COVID-19 - #3: Friday Q&A about the Coronavirus
Mar 13 • 32 min
COVID-19 - #3: Friday Q&A about the Coronavirus —- Send in a voice message:
COVID-19 - #2: Thursday Q&A about the Coronavirus
Mar 12 • 30 min
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…
COVID-19 - #1: Arlan’s thoughts re: concern, hope, & opportunity
Mar 11 • 29 min
An impromptu episode about the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Let’s virtual hug it out! —- Send in a voice message:
34. Nashlie Sephus, PhD - homegrown Jackson, MS millionaire
Mar 8 • 51 min
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…
33. Yao Huang - Your revenue is your best investor
Feb 26 • 34 min
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…
32. Janine - Indie (musician) and loving it
Feb 19 • 43 min
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…
31. YelloPain - Viral song about voting is heard by millions
Feb 14 • 31 min
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…
30. Jurnee Smollett: Birds of Prey’s Black Canary
Feb 8 • 32 min
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…
Bonus episode 18 - Hear from Arlan’s apprentice Chacho Valadez!
Jan 28 • 20 min
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…
29. Henrik Werdelin: How making your four-legged BFF happy has earned BarkBox millions
Jan 19 • 43 min
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…
Special presentation of “What the Fockery?”
Jan 12 • 51 min
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…
28. Jameela Jamil: On activism, cancel culture, and being NSFW
Jan 1 • 53 min
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…
Season 1 finale - Top 10 episode countdown!
Dec 28, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Arlan’s note 12/23/2019
Dec 23, 2019 • 49 min
A note from Arlan. —- Send in a voice message:
27. Ellen Pompeo: TV’s highest paid dramatic actor
Dec 15, 2019 • 53 min
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…
Bonus Episode 17 - My thoughts on Away
Dec 7, 2019 • 27 min
Arlan gives her thoughts on Away. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4) —- Send in a voice message:
Bonus episode 16 - Arlan’s new scholarship at Oxford University!
Dec 2, 2019 • 15 min
In this episode, Arlan announces Oxford’s first scholarship for Black scholars. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4) —- Send in a voice message:
25. Melissa & Johnathan Nightingale - Sharing the mic
Dec 1, 2019 • 33 min
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…
24. Jaime Schmidt: Natural Supermarker
Nov 24, 2019 • 36 min
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…
23. Stacy London: Always in Vogue
Nov 17, 2019 • 46 min
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…
22. Jamila Souffrant - Her journey to 1 million podcast downloads
Nov 11, 2019 • 52 min
Jamila Souffrant is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), podcaster, blogger, money coach and founder of where she shares her journey to reach Financial Freedom and helps others do the same. Her mission is to teach,…
21. Jodi Kovitz - Dial Mover
Nov 5, 2019 • 44 min
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…
Bonus Episode 15 - My book is now available for pre-order!
Oct 30, 2019 • 39 min
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) —- Send in a voice message:
Bonus episode 14 - WeWork thoughts
Oct 23, 2019 • 26 min
In this bonus episode, I share my thoughts about WeWork. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4) —- Send in a voice message:
20. NeueHouse’s Josh Wyatt: Phoenix Risen
Oct 20, 2019 • 58 min
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,…
Bonus episode 13 - “My new podcast studio”
Oct 15, 2019 • 22 min
In this bonus episode, I talk about my new podcast studio. Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4) —- Send in a voice message:
19. Gumroad’s Sahil Lavingia: Weekend Warrior
Oct 14, 2019 • 63 min
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…
18. Tiffany Dufu - “I raised a million dollars to give women a space to help each other thrive.”
Sep 29, 2019 • 37 min
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…
17. Matthew Sniff - “Our company’s culture has played a major role in our earning $1mil in sales.”
Sep 29, 2019 • 31 min
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…
16. Delane Parnell - “My esports company has raised nearly $100 million in 2 years.”
Sep 18, 2019 • 38 min
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…
15. Mel Robbins - “My TED talk has been viewed 20 million times.”
Sep 13, 2019 • 49 min
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…
Bonus episode 12 - “My thoughts on Forbes’ innovators list, aka you gotta be kidding me.”
Sep 8, 2019 • 16 min
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) —- Send in a voice message:
Bonus episode 11 - “Therese Tucker, bootstrapped to a billion!”
Sep 8, 2019 • 47 min
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…
14. Melissa Butler - “We were once called ‘clown makeup’, now we’re growing 300% year-over-year.”
Sep 8, 2019 • 39 min
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…
Bonus episode 10 - “Pete Buttigieg in the hot seat with Arlan”
Aug 28, 2019 • 28 min
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…
Bonus episode 9 - “Focusing on your hobby to sharpen your lens as an entrepreneur.”
Aug 25, 2019 • 20 min
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) —- Send in a voice message:
13. Ryan Hoover - “The truth about money.”
Aug 25, 2019 • 39 min
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…
12. Paul Judge - “The money I’m spending today is the result of the hard work I put in 15 years ago.”
Aug 18, 2019 • 60 min
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…
Bonus episode 8 - “I’m Getting Married”
Aug 11, 2019 • 15 min
Description: So…some news:) + This episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a free book and 30-day trial at! Credits Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4) —- Send in a voice message:
Bonus episode 7 - “Office Hours: If a founder did this, I’d run the other way”
Aug 4, 2019 • 22 min
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…
11. Justin Kan - “When I first heard that valuation, I fell to my knees and laughed.”
Aug 4, 2019 • 41 min
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…
Bonus episode 6 - How I conquered 30 years of stage fright in 6 months!
Jul 28, 2019 • 37 min
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:…
10. Jewel Burks - “I sold my computer-vision company to Amazon for millions.”
Jul 28, 2019 • 58 min
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…
9. Keith Wasserman - “From a $5,000 loan to $1billion in real estate assets.”
Jul 21, 2019 • 47 min
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…
Bonus episode 5 - Getting closer to your 1 million goal in 24 hours
Jul 21, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Bonus episode 4 - Being your hella gay self
Jul 12, 2019 • 28 min
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:…
8. Irma Olguin - She raised $27 million! Latinx LGBTQ
Jul 12, 2019 • 48 min
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…
7. Jeff Ullrich - “It was 1/3 vision, 2/3 luck.”
Jul 6, 2019 • 58 min
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…
Bonus episode 3 - Multi-hyphenate creative Anna Eichenauer
Jun 29, 2019 • 41 min
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…
6. Dawn Dickson - “I bridge the gap between venture capital and everyday people.”
Jun 29, 2019 • 51 min
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…
Bonus episode 2 - Brian Grazer, prolific film & TV producer
Jun 22, 2019 • 16 min
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…
5. Roberta Lucca - “Money affords you the ability to fail forward.”
Jun 22, 2019 • 35 min
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…
Bonus episode - Curiosity, quality, and communication
Jun 15, 2019 • 14 min
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…
4. Sophia Bendz - “I was one of the first 10 employees at Spotify.”
Jun 15, 2019 • 51 min
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…
3. Liz Fong-Jones “You *can* be successful as a trans person. I wish there were more of us.”
Jun 8, 2019 • 50 min
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…
2. Amy Griffin - “I felt a calling to invest beyond philanthropy.”
Jun 8, 2019 • 60 min
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…
1. Dr. Pamela Jolly – “Black people arrived in America on the balance sheet…we *are* wealth.”
Jun 8, 2019 • 55 min
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…
Welcome to Your First Million!
Jun 7, 2019 • 0 min
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…