Episode 141 | How Do We Need to Think Differently? An interview with Michael Arietta

Posted by Jenni Catron on Jan 11, 2022 6:01:48 PM

In this week's episode, Jenni sits down with Michael Arietta, CEO of Garden City, to discuss how we need to think differently after the Great Resignation.

Michael shares two important points:

1. We have to recognize the importance of the work we do. Why do we do what we do? Nothing is more important than your mission.

2. Culture is our greatest competitive advantage. For those of us who are thinking deliberately and intentionally about culture, it is our advantage in keeping and retaining, and building a great staff.


About Michael Arrieta:
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 and permanently holds small to mid-sized family-owned companies. Once acquired, Garden City seeks to grow them via culture, technology, and strategic sales relationships.

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) has now 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.

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Topics: Leadership, Culture, Leadership Development, mission, Team Culture

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