124 | Michael Arrieta | Building the World’s Best Holding Company

In this episode, you will learn the advantages of seeking wise counsel, why hard work is necessary to be successful in life and business, and the importance of knowing your ‘why’ and purpose.

In this episode, Darius and Michael talked about:

– Michael looks back at his humble beginnings.
– How he landed a job at DocuSign in the early years of the company.
– The importance and benefits of mentorship.
– What made him take the path to become an entrepreneur.
– What they do in Garden City and the impact they want to make.

Meet Michael:

Michael Arrieta is a private equity investor, venture capitalist and former technology entrepreneur.

He is the Founder & CEO of Garden City Companies, a purpose-driven holding company that acquires small to mid-sized family-owned companies and grows them via culture, technology, and sales.

In 2016, he also founded MAV Ventures to serve as Michael & Veronica Arrieta’s private family-office investment company. They have now invested in nearly 100 companies and funds including Impossible Foods, Lime, Blue Bottle Coffee, Tonal, SalesLoft, Styleseat, Pray.com, OneFootball, Unqork, etc. 

Michael was an early employee at DocuSign where he served as Global Vice President, General Manager, and Chief of Staff to the Chairman/CEO. DocuSign ($DOCU) which ultimately achieved a $50B market cap with 5,000 employees. 

Prior he was a leader at Wyse Technology, which sold to Dell in 2012 for $1B+ where he went on to serve as the youngest-ever Chief of Staff at Dell. 

Michael is the cofounder and Board Director at New Story, a non-profit that has built 2,000+ new homes in developing countries and known for creating the world’s first 3D printed home. In 2016, he was recognized by Forbes as “30 under 30” for his social impact. 

He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management, lives in Atlanta and has a wife and three children. 

Michael is passionate about helping companies grow and people thrive, while honoring God in everything he does.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine LIVE. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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