Your First Million
By Arlan Hamilton
Your First MillionJul 12, 2020
Brand new dates in your city!
Huge announcement re: "The Valley" podcast!
Learn what's happening with my very first scripted podcast series, The Valley, and how YOU fit in!
How to Sell to Corporations and Big Brands w/Community.com's CEO, Diankha Linear
Community.com's CEO, Diankha Linear is a mastermind when it comes to running a large startup. Listen in as she gives invaluable advice for any founders looking to scale their company to thousands of customers and millions in revenue. Join Arlan's "Write Your Own Headlines" challenge: http://www.writeyourownheadlines.com "Your First Million" is a deep dive into the thoughts and experiences of some of your favorite entrepreneurs, athletes, actors, investors, musicians, and more. Watch as they sit down with Arlan Hamilton, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author, to discuss their first million -- whether it is Dollars, Views, or Followers! You don't want to miss these magical moments. It will get real. It will get deep, and hopefully, it will inspire you.
98. How she generated $20M as a woman of color
Danielle Leslie has earned $20M and has taught thousands of others to live the life they've always wanted.Join Arlan's "Write Your Own Headlines" challenge! http://www.writeyourownheadlines.com"Your First Million" is a deep dive into the thoughts and experiences of some of your favorite entrepreneurs, athletes, actors, investors, musicians, and more. Watch as they sit down with Arlan Hamilton, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author, to discuss their first million -- whether it is Dollars, Views, or Followers! You don't want to miss these magical moments. It will get real. It will get deep, and hopefully, it will inspire you.
Ep. 97 Nike Air Jordan Shoe Designer Reveals Secrets of Success
Jason Mayden is a designer, educator, and entrepreneur dedicated to the advancement of diverse creative youth. Hear what he thinks of Michael Jordan, Nike, the "Air" movie, and find out how many shoes he owns. (It's more than you think.) Join Arlan's 30-Day Challenge: http://www.writeyourownheadlines.com "Your First Million" is a deep dive into the thoughts and experiences of some of your favorite entrepreneurs, athletes, actors, investors, musicians, and more. Watch as they sit down with Arlan Hamilton, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author, to discuss their first million -- whether it is Dollars, Views, or Followers! You don't want to miss these magical moments. It will get real. It will get deep, and hopefully, it will inspire you. Follow Arlan INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/arlanwashere TWITTER https://twitter.com/arlanwashere BACKSTAGE CAPITAL https://backstagecapital.com HIRE RUNNER https://www.hirerunner.co/
Ep. 96 The Truth About Alcohol
Annie Grace is the author of "This Naked Mind," a book that Arlan credits with saving her life. In this interview, she shares the myths we've been taught about alcohol, why it's not your fault if you're addicted to alcohol, and how quitting changed her life.
95. Women's soccer is BIG business w/Angel City FC's GM
From Angel City's website: "General Manager Angela Hucles Mangano is a retired USWNT player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Angel City founding investor. In her critical role as GM, Hucles Mangano oversees the sporting vision of the club, coaching and the first team, player care, medical and performance, sports science, soccer operations, and all wellness programs and resources.
A longstanding member of the US Women’s National Team, Hucles Mangano's international career included 109 caps and two Olympic gold medals. In 2009, Hucles was named the U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year."
94. How to make money in med-tech sales w/Montee Kelly
Montee Kelly is a seasoned med-tech salesperson (specializing in the spine) and angel investor with an intriguing history in basketball. With thousands of hours of experience in the operating room AND on the court, he's worked with world-renowned surgeons AND your favorite NBA all-stars, like Kobe and Jordan. More Montee https://www.monteekelly.com
Breaking: Samir Kaji on viral SVB tweets, and what will happen next
Samir Kaji's SVB (Silicon Valley Bank) and FRB (First Republic Bank) tweets are regarded by most experts and insiders as the most informed and balanced of the past 4 days. They've provided clarity and calm in a time of chaos. His original viral tweet thread is here: https://twitter.com/Samirkaji/status/1634324800901623808?s=20
SVB (Silicon Valley Bank) situation explained w/Softbank Head of Growth Investments, Gosia Karas
Gosia Karas is a banking risk management expert. She is also the Investment Director and Head of Growth Stage Investments at SB (Softbank) Opportunity Fund. We had this conversation at around 3pm PT today (Sunday, March 12). This is a quickly evolving situation, so please look at the latest news for updates. Follow Gosia at https://twitter.com/Gosia_Karas_ Update: moments after this video was published, the Federal Reserve released this positive news: https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20230312a.htm This is NOT accounting, legal, or financial advice.
93. Michael Fishman on Betrayal, Forgiveness, and the Next 40 Years of His Hollywood Career
Michael Fishman played the beloved character, "DJ", on Roseanne and The Connors. In this episode, he reveals how he has experienced betrayal (including from his own family), and how learning to forgive has helped him heal and thrive in Hollywood.
Watch the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_x_eHYxxY0
0:37 how Michael knows Arlan
1:18 getting recognized
1:56 "nicest person in Hollywood"
5:03 directing "The Connors"
5:59 Being on "Roseanne"
8:30 Michael surprises Arlan
9:55 Roseanne controversy
17:53 Is Michael rich?
21:11 working behind the scenes
23:25 advice to show biz parents
27:15 homeless at 15
33:33 his son passed away
38:14 an emotional moment
40:48 on racism
44:53 a big takeaway
48:28 Michael's social media
48:50 General Hospital
92. Yvette Nicole Brown on Janet Jackson, her father’s health, and her faith in God
91. How she made $15M in online sales last year! W/Amy Porterfield
90. Hollywood's $10B Blind Spot w/Franklin Leonard
Franklin Leonard is a film executive best known for founding The Black List, a publication featuring Hollywood's most popular unproduced screenplays.
View the video of this interview at: https://youtu.be/_Ra95Ju1B1w !
89. Anjali Bhimani - Actors don't have to be "starving artists"
Anjali Bhimani is an American actress, she is known for voicing Symmetra in the video game Overwatch and Rampart in the video game Apex Legends, as well as for playing Aunt Ruby in Ms. Marvel. With over 100 acting and voiceover credits to her name, she's one of the most prolific actors of our time.
See the video at https://youtu.be/jDowSFfdaCk!
88. The NFL’s Bobby Wagner: I Didn’t Want to End Up Broke and Divorced
Introducing: The 'Your First Million' VIDEO series! Debuts Feb 1! youtube.com/@ARLANsyourfirstmillion
Introducing: The 'Your First Million' VIDEO series! Debuts Feb 1!
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After reaching 1 million downloads of the Your First Million audio podcast, I decided to launch a brand new video version (that will always accompanied by the audio version the same day). I cannot wait for you to see and hear these amazing interviews. Subscribe today!
Listen to this to feel less alone during the holidays
I record something like this each year around this time for those of us who want to feel a bit more connected. It's ok to feel lonely even when you're not alone.
My thoughts on Elon, Paul Graham, and Twitter
Since 280 characters are indeed not enough...
My Afrotech recap + All-Access Pass membership details
3 secrets to generating income anytime you want to or need to!
87. Special LIVE episode: Creative investment fund models w/Vicki Saunders
86. Bootstrapping to $31million ARR with ConvertKit founder, Nathan Barry
For the first time: my membership site for YOU!
I recently launched a membership portal where I'm consulting serious entrepreneurs. Let's spend a year together and level up your company and life. accessarlan.mn.co
85. Hello Alice - Now serving over 1 million small businesses!
My thoughts on a16z’s $350M investment in Adam Neumann (former WeWork CEO)
How studying Sebastian Maniscalco can help you make $millions within 10 years
6mins to get you ready for August!
84. Hang w/15,000+ women in tech (and Arlan) at Grace Hopper!
A hack for getting into any professional room you want!
6 steps to a paid speaking career in 6 months!
My investment story in 10mins!
How being in the room could change everything for you!
Part 2 of my Backstage update
An important Backstage update + finding peace for yourself as a non-negotiable
Surprise! You can now invest in Runner!!
Backstage at Backstage: Arlan’s annual stakeholder update!
83. Going from $10,000 to $10,000,000 w/Rachel Rodgers
Omg! Too excited about The Valley
Introducing: The Valley (my new immersive, scripted podcast!)
Attention current runner talent!
Will Smith + Chris Rock…some thoughts
What happened at SXSW…
Runner’s HR Specialist Consultant, Michelle Heng
Runner’s Talent Success Manager, Andrea Weaver
Unearthed interview from 2018 that was never supposed to be heard!
Runner’s VP of Operations & Communications - Lauren Walker Reader
Runner’s Recruiters - Aden & Antonio
Runner’s Senior Product Manager - Anne Griffin
Runner’s Director of Customer Success - Melanie Jones
New “Demystifying Faith” podcast is live!
Demystifying Faith — my new limited series podcast, debuts Sunday, Feb 27!
Could Runner be your next side hustle?
I just raised $1.4M for hirerunner.co
Earning money by working on causes close to your heart, w/Joshua Phelps, World Central Kitchen
The #1 way I know if your startup will be successful
How I made $100k in 6 months & only 8 hours per week
How ‘Insecure’ helped me become a better investor & founder
82. Arlan’s Covid intro + Key learnings on hiring, remote work, and mental health w/Brad Feld
Career Rehab w/Twitter Spaces phenom, Kanika Tolver!
Top 7 ways to make more money for your company
Metrics: first 100 days of my new startup - HireRunner.co
My impromptu Dean Cain interview - from Trump to Covid, no topic off limits
This is a raw recording of my chat with actor, Dean Cain (tv's Superman), that I had earlier today after running into him in an elevator. Trigger warning: frank discussion of Jan 6th, covid mandates, Trump, and police brutality.
Access my academy for free! - courtesy of hirerunner.co
Tour Day 4: NYC! The perfect closing to a wild week on the road!
Tour Days 2 + 3: Energy and synergy in Austin and Atlanta!
Tour Day 1: Laughter, tears, and collaborations in San Francisco!
81. Building wealth by working overseas w/Janeen Uzzell
Bay Area, Austin, Atlanta, NYC - I’ll see you Nov 4-8, 2021!
What happened last night + behind the scenes details at Runner
I’m giving this teenage abortion rights activist a $30,000 college scholarship!
My recruitment company, Runner’s, one month stats and exact numbers!
From pilot to beta
80. Building a thoughtful, human-first company w/Aneela of Habitaware
What if I get close to burnout??
$17.5k revenue in first 2 weeks since launch
My first flight in 18 months…
3x’d paid pilot customers in 24 hours??
What is it like to be my assistant?
What would you do with an extra 40 hours next month?
How I launched a $10k project in 30mins
Investing Prep: Learn how to become an angel investor
Backstage turns 6! + I have a new company called Runner!
Building the Future w/Akash
Your First $100,000
Update on my health + thousands of income streams video downloads!
My secret agenda & announcing Cohort 4 of Investing as a Catalyst
From zero to 7 income streams in 7 years??
How I scored a $6 million investment from Mark Cuban
My hack for executing faster and farther!
How I psyche myself up when doubt creeps in
How to stay one step ahead of Covid chaos financially
Bonus: Chacho en español! (brought to you by http://Arlan.Capital)
They talk about the Latinx experience with money, how and why Jully started InvestingLatina, and the last question is in Spanish. :) Brought to you by http://Arlan.Capital
Bonus: How research mastery can help you conquer imposter syndrome!
Reposted with permission from Danielle Oberdier’s #datafemme podcast
79. Special guest host, Chacho - Optimal Solar is shining bright
78. Special guest host, Chacho - Top Knot(ch) way to $1M in revenue
77. Special guest host, Chacho - Yac remote audio for your team
76. ShearShare - Are they the “Hairbnb” of the industry?
75. Spora - $4M raised to match Black patients w/Black doctors
“Spora Health patients get access to its care delivery platform and care team that consists of doctors, nurse practitioners, nutritionists and more. Its machine learning-driven technology also can predict risk profiles for patients and look for chronic conditions like pre-diabetes, hypertension, emphysema and more.” - Techcrunch
Your First Million 2-year anniversary!!
74. Kara Goldin - Hint’s path to millions of customers
Why I launched a $15,000/year “All-Access” program
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl on ‘Friends’ reunion & Twitter addiction
Roundtable: Mandela, Monique, Candice, & Arlan!
73. AJ & Simon - Millions of views by being themselves
June 1’s investing course 50% sold out!
72. Alex Williamson - Employee 3 at Bumble disrupting the insurance world
Alex Williamson is the CEO and co-founder of Asteya. She's also the former CBO of Bumble.
Arlan & @QueerGermangirl on winning Janet Jackson’s car auction!
71. Suneera - “Hard work is the shortcut.”
70. Sekr - hitting the open road to $1M
New episodes & a June 1 launch
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl on Handmaid’s Tale, vacationing, and vaccinating
Use the next 5 years to set up the next 30
69. The Juggernaut - investing in the South Asian diaspora
ArlansAcademy.com just $8.34/month!
68. Lolita Taub on matching founders w/millions (feat. Chacho Valadez)
Gone Fishin’ - Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl
67. Stacey Abrams (!!) on playing “spades, not chess”.
My new 4-week investor course!
66. Investing $ millions into immigrant-led startups w/Maria Salamanca
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl on Anna being “swole”, American Idol, & sound design
65. Coolhaus Ice cream founder Natasha Case on delivering deliciousness
64. Bitwise founders on raising $50M to become the change they’ve been looking for
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl on their careers, “ComicCon roles”, & balancing expectations
63. Monique Woodard - her investment “cake” thesis & why Meghan Markle would be a great VC
Listen in while I get my first dose of the vaccine!
You can now invest in my investment firm - Republic.co/Backstage
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl on Peloton, Netflix, The Watchmen & Biden
SPACs, Meghan Markle, & multiple fund theses among underrepresented investors w/McKeever & Chacho
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl on coffee, General Hospital, mask mandates, and the word (?) “sawl”
NFTs - everything you were afraid to ask & more!
62. Morgan DeBaun - Blavity, Afrotech, & the one thing Morgan wants Arlan to know
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl on Billie Eilish, Anna’s composing range, and (not) spotting celebrities
5-months revenue earned in 2 days w/one line of code??
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl on ADHD, Ted Cruz, WandaVision, and handling negative feedback
61. Abby Levy - $50M to fuel ages 60+ entrepreneurship
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl on Bieber, FOMO & in-home bowling allies
My first million! + new themesong!
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl talk about why they never fight + Arlan’s $1M raise
Arlan & @QueerGermanGirl (aka her wife, Anna) talk covid etiquette
ArlansAcademy.com special episode for YFM VIPs!
Arlan’s Academy behind the scenes w/Tonya Evans
MLK Day replay - Dr. Pamela Jolly
MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech [Oslo, 1964]
Rachel and Arlan on Covid lockdowns in the UK and U.S.
While wearing a mask?? O Holy Night sung by Jaime Korkos
ASMR experiment - my new zen garden
If you’re feeling lonely or down during the holidays...
60. My Will Smith appearance + Diana Dimenna pt. 2
Listen to the live webinar for Arlan’s Academy, Dec 13, 2020
59. Mark Cuban on why he invested in Arlan & more
58. Avery Francis - How she bootstrapped her way to $1M!
How I earned $100,000 in 6 months
Audio from today’s Backstage office hours
57. Katrina Lake - Youngest women to IPO / Stitch Fix
My Weekly Recap - Friday, Nov 20
Special! Full audio of NEW documentary from BackstageCapital.com!
56. Diana DiMenna - Broadway producer changing the game
If you’re feeling stressed about the election...
VOTE! + New documentary + my 40th birthday
Nora & Thea - Unconventional VC
Q&A pt.2 - Oct 3
Q&A with Arlan - Oct 2
Bonus: Networks vs. Networking
Have you heard the audio version of my book, It’s About Damn Time?
My $6M fund with Mark Cuban
Behind the scenes- BackstageCrowd.com’s First Million!
55. Jennifer Neundorfer - Finding the right investor fit for you
54. Sophia Amoruso - Upgrading Your Career to “Business Class”
53. Tricia Clarke-Stone - Doubling Down on Entrepreneurship with “I Quit” tv show
52. Christine Kinnear - Breaking barriers in the UK one Uni student at a time
PPP loan forgiveness info session
Live Backstage virtual meetup, Sept 15
Arlan’s $1B startup prediction comes true + PPP forgiveness webinar
51. SoulPopped - Soul food-inspired popcorn + a big surprise!
50. Aja Volkman - Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Quick message about Hyper Curious podcast
49. Aisha Tyler - It’s Her Line, Anyway
My thoughts on bandwidth and boundaries.
8mins, check it out.
48. Ollen Douglass - Nobody's Fool
Could Jennifer Carroll Foy be the U.S.’s first Black woman governor?
47. Raheem.ai - ending police brutality
Jason Calacanis - the best startup syndicate investor of all time?
46. OMG! - General Hospital cast w/Arlan group chat
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)
If you’re new to this podcast, start here :)
45. Tanya Van Court - Goalsetter
Paige Craig on syndicate investing, “We could put together $1m in a day or two.”
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 been at the top of the leader boards on AngelList, pulling together funds for a variety of startups like Lyft, Twitter, and Postmates.
Paige shares some great insights on how syndicate investing works. We talk about his experience with investing, how he built his network, and the risks you should anticipate when investing with Backstage Crowd (or any other syndicate).
If you want to get involved, visit backstagecrowd.com.
Highlights5:46 Paige tells his story about growing up homeless, and then joining the U.S. Marine Corps
10:02 I ask him about the early investments he made in some of today’s notable tech giants
12:39 He tells me how AngelList came to be and what early syndicates looked like
14:55 He talks about why he loves investing in tech
18:08 I ask Paige to explain how his syndicate worked and what people need to know about the investment process
24:07 We talk about some of the biggest syndicates he organized
28:20 I ask how his syndicate members react to investment losses
31:07 What is the right percentage of someone’s net worth that they should be putting into investments?
34:00 We talk about what we enjoy about contributing to a fund and being part of a syndicate
37:06 Paige believes diversity makes competition better
For founders in the South: Outlanderlabs.com
Syndicate deal for non-accredited investors - Fleeting - BackstageCrowd.com
1 solid hour of strategy for Backstage Crowd syndicate members
44. Swati Mylavarapu - Moonshot Investor
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.
Introducing BackstageCrowd.com - an investing syndicate
43. Blended Designs - How Black representation turned into $1m in backpack sales
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
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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
1 year anniversary! + response to my last episode
Who I was referring to in last night's viral tweet...
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42. T-Boz! From the best-selling U.S. girlgroup of all time, TLC (w/special guest @Janine)
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 business, and speaking publicly about her health. Plus, I ask T-Boz something I’ve wondered for 20 years, and it leads to an unexpected realization.
Special thanks to my brother Alfred ‘Rook’ Hamilton for creating the opportunity for this interview, and @Janine for co-hosting.
Did you enjoy this episode as much as I did? Leave me a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
Highlights14:30 T-Boz describes how to stay true to your sound and yourself in the music industry
18:10 Janine asks T-Boz how she balances discussions about social injustices with positive content on her social media
23:17 She addresses her choice to be public about living with sickle cell
27:08 I ask T-Boz about being the top selling girl group in America, what touring is like now, and whether she’d consider a residency
31:32 Does she feel she’s been taken advantage of in business deals?
37:39 What do she want underestimated entrepreneurs to take away? 41:26 Will Destiny’s Child and TLC face off on Verzuz?
48:10 I ask about how she got OutKast signed
49:55 T-Boz tells us about her company TLCBD and the benefits she’s seen from testing and using the products over the past few years
Announcing the 8-week IADT mastermind (free!)
41. Chase Jarvis: What Richard Branson, a near-death experience, and missing out on $1B has taught him
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 he’s also the author of Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life.
We talk about his choice to pursue photography, his near-death experience, and why he so passionately encourages people to create: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase. You just have to see the first couple steps.”
Let’s keep the conversation going. Leave me a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
Highlights6:07 Chase talks about what it meant to “summon the courage to disappoint nearly everyone in his life.”
14:54 “The people we end up celebrating in our culture are the people who are willing to stand out.”
15:45 He tells me how he went from wanting to be a professional soccer player to a doctor to a photographer
18:12 I ask him what he means by “Right now is the riskiest time to play it safe”
24:41 Chase tells me how he became friends with Richard Branson
29:56 He describes his near-death experience that pushed him to build his legacy
38:30 Chase reflects on his shift from the world of photography to technology with his app The Best Camera
43:29 Does he feel fulfilled with his work?
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: @ChaseJarvis
‘What do you look for in a founder & company when considering investment’ and more FAQs
40. Chris Guillebeau: From idea to income in 27 days
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
39. The one and only: KELIS! (w/special guest @Janine)
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.
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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
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.”
It’s. About. Damn. TIME!!
Timely insights for entrepreneurs and investors from the NVCA (National Venture Capital Association)
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.
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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
38. Leanne Pittsford - Lesbians Who Tech
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
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
Arlan x Minda Harts live chat!
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 color face to achieve success. So in 2019, she wrote The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. Now, she speaks at corporate events to give actionable advice on how to make the workspace better for everyone.
I followed and studied Minda Harts’ work for a while before releasing my own book, It’s About Damn Time. In this episode, we talk about leaning in as Black women, calling on allies to show up, and sharing our truths with the people who need to hear it.
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6:42 What is the book about?
10:09 She describes her experiences in predominantly white spaces, and her decision to start these conversations with allies (and non-allies)
13:24 Minda talks about why this book is for everyone
15:21 We discuss the importance of being seen and the lack of diversity in the publishing business
20:40 You speak at a lot of corporate events. How does that go over when your book is critical of the corporate world?
22:31 What’s a good example of a takeaway from the book that someone could implement today?
24:21 Do you have a recommendation on books we can read to continue the conversation you established with The Memo?
26:37 Who are some other black women who inspire you? And what are you reading now?
29:23 If you could go back in time and give Arlan advice on writing her book, what would it be?
33:06 What is your take on the word 'feminist'?
34:16 How have you seen white women show up as allies since you put your book out?
35:57 How does this translate to our engagement with black men?
38:30 What advice do you have for anyone who wants to write a book?
41:05 Did anyone come back to you after reading this book and criticize what you said?
43:53 How has writing the book affected you?
37. Tara Reed: Creating Apps Without Code
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 share her story.
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Highlights4:17 Tara talks about how she built her business from her newsletter 6:37 She describes what her online program offers 9:47 She tells a story about a music teacher who developed an app in her course 12:04 What graduates can expect after completing the program, such as the potential to make revenue 17:56 The benefits of developing ideas rather than raising money 21:48 Tara talks about why her program is more than just developing apps
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Rerun! - Techish (UK) hot takes on Arlan’s new book
“Arlan was extremely honest about what was going on in her personal and real life, and how all of those things impacted the decisions she made.”
I commissioned this podcast episode to give a preview of my new book It’s About Damn Time. Abadesi and Michael discuss all things tech, pop culture, and life every week on Techish. In this episode, they talk about how they saw their own experiences in my stories, and how the book inspires them to leverage their underrepresented identities.
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9:22 The solid, actionable advice they took from the book
10:38 Abadesi and Michael reflect on my story of how I met Chris Sacca
13:14 How the book inspires them to overcome reservations about “throwing yourself in the ring”
15:13 How they appreciate reading advice about entrepreneurship from someone who has had their experiences
19:34 They talk about how they learned VC firms operate
20:44 They discuss why and how your network is your greatest asset
36. Sophia Bush: Using her voice for equity & equality
“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 highlights10:08 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