8. Irma Olguin – “I’m a Latina, and a lesbian, and I raised $27 million for my tech company.”

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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 announced a $27million Series A round of funding, making Irma one of the Latinx startup founders with the largest raises in history. Having trained and inspired thousands of boot camp students, she and her partner Jake Soberal have transformed downtown Fresno and forever changed the city. With their fresh intake of capital, they’re set to take the rest California by storm.

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Irma Olguin

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Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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7. Jeff Ullrich – “It was 1/3 vision, 2/3 luck.”

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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 one-stop-shop of companies was acquired in 2015 for more than $50million. Because Jeff was not able to find any investors to believe in his vision early, he owned the majority of the company, thus making him a multi-millionaire seemingly overnight.

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Jeff Ullrich

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Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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Bonus episode 3 – Multi-hyphenate creative, Anna Eichenauer

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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 featured and licensed on games, podcasts, films and television shows around the world. She is the producer of the Your First Million podcast (this one!), and she is adorably engaged to Arlan (OK, Arlan wrote that part).

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Anna Eichenauer

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Producer and Editor: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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6. Dawn Dickson – “I bridge the gap between venture capital and everyday people.”

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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 sits down with Arlan to drop bars about charting your own destiny as a founder.

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Dawn Dickson

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Credits

Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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Bonus episode 2 – Prolific film & TV producer, Brian Grazer

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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 name—Splash, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Arrested Development, 24, and Empire to name a few. His movies have grossed billions, and he has a net worth of ~$400million.

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Brian Grazer

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Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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5. Roberta Lucca – “Money affords you the ability to fail forward.”

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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 when she co-founded Bossa Studios, a massively popular, BAFTA-award winning gaming studio that has now generated millions in revenue and raised more than $11m in venture. Today Roberta releases Youtube videos that she hopes will empower women with her special brand of practical, actionable advice!

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Roberta Lucca

Roberta Lucca

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Credits

Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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Bonus Episode 1 – Curiosity, quality, and communication

Enjoy this bonus episode recorded live by Arlan just for you.

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Credits

Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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4. Sophia Bendz – “I was one of the first 10 employees at Spotify.”

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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 years. Sophia has been a champion of founders, investing in more than 30 as an angel investor, and launched the Angel Programme at Atomico. This episode was recorded in London at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, where Sophia was a featured speaker.

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Sophia Bendz

Sophia Bendz

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Credits

Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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3. Liz Fong-Jones – “You *can* be successful as a trans person. I wish there were more of us.”

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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 and Liz met up in New York City to speak candidly about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Liz Fong-Jones

Liz Fong-Jones

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Credits

Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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2. Amy Griffin -“I felt a calling to invest beyond philanthropy.”

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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 episode, Arlan visits Amy at her office in New York City, to discuss privilege versus entitlement.

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Amy Griffin

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Credits

Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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