Your First Million

Why You Don't Have to Be Born into a Legacy of Wealth to Leave One Behind


By Arlan Hamilton

With Rachel L. Nelson

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Build lasting wealth and impact with lessons from the “bold and relentless disruptor” changing the face of entrepreneurship in America (Black Enterprise).

Having lived nearly her entire life below the poverty line before going on to attain wealth and success as an entrepreneur and investor, Arlan Hamilton knows that entrepreneurship is the quickest path to money and power—particularly for those who haven’t had much of it in the past. In Your First Million,  she shows how anyone—no matter what they look like or how much money they have—can tap into all the new tools they have at their disposal to get their million-dollar idea off the ground.

Readers will learn how to: identify unmet needs, raise money, choose the right collaborators, create multiple income streams, and turn their unique knowledge and experience into a profitable business—while reinvesting in their communities and empowering others to do the same.

If we can change who gets to decide what new ideas are worthy, and who gets to turn those ideas into reality, not only can we change our own circumstances—we can change the world.

  • “Arlan provides actionable advice on every page of Your First Million. Reading this book made me feel like we can all be millionaires.”
    Minda Harts, author of The Memo
  • "Arlan Hamilton shows us that changing our circumstances, building wealth, and empowering our communities is possible through entrepreneurship—and reveals exactly how to achieve this, no matter who you are and what your life currently looks like. Inspiring and remarkably practical."
    Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind
  • “Arlan Hamilton masterfully lays out the new blueprint for changing lives—both our own and others’. An empowering read for all current and future entrepreneurs.”
    Lamar Tyler, CEO of Tyler New Media and founder of Traffic Sales & Profit
  • “Entrepreneur Arlan Hamilton is characterized as a bold and relentless disruptor.”
    Jeffrey McKinney, Black Enterprise
  • “A great read for those who want to build a legacy business for the future prosperity of their families.”
    Melanie Hawken, founder & ceo, Lionesses of Africa

On Sale
Jan 2, 2024
Page Count
256 pages
Little Brown Spark

Arlan Hamilton

About the Author

Arlan Hamilton, founder at Backstage Capital and, is a serial entrepreneur, author, and prolific speaker. 

She founded Backstage Capital in 2015 to invest in founders who are people of color, women and/or LGBTQ. Since its founding, Backstage has raised nearly $30 million and invested in 200 startups led by underestimated founders. Arlan is also the founder of, a startup that connects outstanding employee talent with inclusive companies. 

Arlan published her book, It’s About Damn Time, in 2020, detailing her journey from homelessness to venture capital trailblazer. Arlan also hosts the popular podcast “Your First Million”, and in 2018, was the first non-celebrity Black woman to grace the cover of Fast Company magazine. Arlan’s latest book, Your First Million: Why You Don’t Have To Be Born Into A Legacy Of Wealth To Leave One Behind shows how anyone—no matter what they look like or how much money they have—can tap into all the new tools they already have at their disposal to get their million-dollar idea off the ground.

Arlan is a big proponent of paying it forward and supporting other underestimated people in the tech industry and beyond. She’s a limited partner in 27 funds led by emerging, underestimated managers, and she and her mother, Mrs. Earline Butler-Sims, have established scholarship programs for Black students at Oxford University, HBCU Dillard University, and Harvard Law.

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