TGM Classic | Michael Arrieta | Making The Leap To Grow Small Businesses

Today I’m talking with Michael Arrieta, who currently serves as the Founder and CEO of Garden City, a purpose-driven holding company that buys, grows, and permanently holds family-owned companies. 

In this episode, Michael and I 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
  • And other topics…

Meet Michael:

Michael Arrieta, Founder & CEO of Garden City Equity, is a seasoned entrepreneur known for his success at DocuSign, where he served as Global VP and played a key role in the company’s IPO and $40B market cap. In 2016, he founded MAV Ventures, investing in 100+ companies like Blue Bottle Coffee and Impossible Foods. Prior to DocuSign, he worked at Dell and co-founded New Story Homes, a non-profit recognized for the world’s first 3D Home Printer. Michael’s career reflects a blend of business acumen, successful ventures, and a commitment to positive social impact.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine. 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

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My team and I are on a mission to help YOU create a cultural revolution. I want to teach you how to build a core value driven organization. 


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