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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Bonus episode 9 – “Focusing on your hobby to sharpen your lens as an entrepreneur.”

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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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13. Ryan Hoover – “The truth about money.”

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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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Ryan Hoover

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12. Paul Judge – “The money I’m spending today is the result of the hard work I put in 15 years ago.”

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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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Paul Judge

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Bonus episode 8 – “I’m Getting Married”

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Description: So…some news:) + This episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a free book and 30-day trial at www.audibletrial.com/YourFirstMillion!

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