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43. Blended Designs – How Black representation turned into $1m in backpack sales

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Casey Kelley founded Blended Designs in 2014 along with her family.  In 2017, she wanted to provide her son with an empowering backpack for school & travel. With her background in Marketing and a “rise above” attitude, BD is becoming one of the most popular resources for school gear designed for Black children and teenagers.

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Casey Kelley

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41. Chase Jarvis: What Richard Branson, a near-death experience, and missing out on $1B has taught him

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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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Chase Jarvis

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40. Chris Guillebeau: From idea to income in 27 days

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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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Chris Guillebeau

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38. Leanne Pittsford – Lesbians Who Tech

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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.

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Leanne Pittsford

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37. Tara Reed: Creating Apps Without Code

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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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Tara Reed

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36. Sophia Bush: Using her voice for equity & equality

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“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.

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Sophia Bush

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35. Chloe Lanier: General Hospital, Gaga and more!

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Born and raised outside of Dallas, Chloe Lanier moved to L.A. with just $200 to her name and no formal education in acting. Now she’s a Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress on General Hospital. But she still has a few things to check off her bucket list, like meeting Lady Gaga. Chloe and I talk about how she got started in television, the supportive community she’s found, and what she has planned for her future. And, of course, we talk about General Hospital.

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Chloe Lanier

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34. Nashlie Sephus PhD

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Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus leads the Amazon Visual Search & AR team-Atlanta. This team was former startup Partpic, acquired by Amazon, for which she was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). 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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Nashlie Spehus

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33. Yao Huang – Your revenue is your best investor

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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 the founder of The Hatchery, and has just announced a new debt vehicle for women founders.

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Yao Huang

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32. Janine – Indie (musician) and loving it

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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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Janine

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