Alvin Singh II is the founder of ARS Media Solutions and Alvin Title and Co. Singh recently completed his book Manage Your Web and developed it into an online course. Born in Nashville, this world traveler is an entrepreneur, angel investor, philanthropist, author and lecturer.
Rolling out got the opportunity to chat with Singh to talk about his endeavors.
How do you utilize your knowledge to benefit and inspire others?
I’ve created online courses that help individuals become more productive, build online businesses and hopefully, they can become successful in a way that allows them to pay it forward and give back to their communities.
If you were to give a speech to young men, what would you title your speech and why?
“Tech is the New Hip-Hop” Because right now we are living in an era where you can bypass the old gatekeepers and take advantage of the internet in a way that previous generations didn’t have available.
What two quotes do you use to motivate yourself and others?
One of my favorite quotes is “The world is changed by your example not by your opinon” and another quote I often to say to myself is “The attitude you bring to the day is what the day will bring to you.”
Name two iconic humans who have inspired you or currently inspire you. Why?
Malcolm X inspired me at a very young age to transform myself and the importance of self-education. Another person that I’ve found to be a inspiration is Katherine Johnson for her achievements at NASA and she is a fellow alumni of Hampton University.
Please share the evolution of your brand and purpose.
In 2003, I started a website selling books when Amazon.com was only 4 years old and we had to accept money orders because e-commerce was non-existent at the time. Today, we have evolved from an online bookstore to a digital media company building mobile applications, website development for small businesses and even working for an African head of state.
What two moments in your life changed you the most?
Two moments that have changed me the most were visiting a village in Malawi in East Africa where we crowdfunded $10K to build a water pump servicing thousands of women and children in the area. Another event was speaking at a technology summit in India where I was surrounded by highly skilled professionals that were eager to ask me questions about my experiences.
What piece of advice would you give your teenage self?
I would tell my teenage self, you’re actually on the right path; keep it up!
What is one indispensable book that all Black males need to read at least once in their lifetime?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X. This book deals with being lost and finding yourself. Malcolm’s honest reflections provide the reader so much knowledge of how he experienced the world and how he learned to transform himself to become one of the most iconic leaders in the 20th century.
What’s next for you?
I’m working to invest in 1-2 startups [per] year and help my community by providing productivity workshops that can be attended online or in person.