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May 4, 2020

Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $10 million and invested in more than 130 startup companies led by underestimated founders. Arlan’s brand new book "It's About Damn Time" was published on May 5, 2020.

On this episode, you will hear Arlan talk about:

  • What inspired her to share her life lessons and practical guidance in her new book
  • How she built her own venture capital company, despite not having the background, network or resources of a typical venture capitalist
  • Why she decided to focus her financial investments on underrepresented founders
  • How new entrepreneurs have a unique advantage during the current crisis – and how established entrepreneurs can get themselves “unstuck”
  • Success stories from the start-ups that Arlan has invested in, including CurlMix (a subscription box for do-it-yourself hair products), Paladin (a pro bono platform for lawyers to increase access to justice), and Bippy (an eco-friendly personal wellness brand)

Learn more about Arlan and order your copy of "It's About Damn Time" at


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