19. Gumroad’s Sahil Lavingia: Weekend Warrior.

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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 was previously employee #2 at Pinterest.

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Sahil Lavingia

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18. Tiffany Dufu – “I raised a million dollars to give women a space to help each other thrive.”

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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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Tiffany Dufu

 

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17. Matthew Sniff – “Our company’s culture has played a major role in our earning $1mil in sales.”

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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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Matthew Sniff

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16. Delane Parnell – “My esports company has raised nearly $100 million in 2 years.”

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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. 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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Delane Parnell

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15. Mel Robbins – “My TED talk has been viewed 20 million times.”

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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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Mel Robbins

 

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Bonus episode 12 – “My thoughts on Forbes’ innovators list, aka you gotta be kidding me.”

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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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Bonus episode 11 – “Therese Tucker, bootstrapped to a billion!”

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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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14. Melissa Butler – “We were once called ‘clown makeup’, now we’re growing 300% year-over-year.”

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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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Melissa Butler

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Bonus episode 10 – “Pete Buttigieg in the hot seat with Arlan”

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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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Pete Buttigieg

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