If you have an idea and ever wonder if you should keep going, take a cue from Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT, and reflect: If 5 years down the road that thing you imagined did not exist and it bothers you and/or, if it did exist without you getting credit and you’re okay, keep going. “It HAD to Exist!” Listen to this week’s episode to hear more.
Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm 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 $12 million and invested in more than 150 startup companies led by underestimated founders. In 2018, they launched a four-city accelerator program in Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, and London. Arlan has been featured on the cover of Fast Company magazine as the first Black woman non-celebrity to do so, and is the author of “It’s About Damn Time” and host of the weekly podcast “Your First Million”. Arlan and her mother, Mrs. Earline Butler-Sims, announced their scholarship program which kicked-off with scholarships for Black students at Oxford University and HBCU Dillard University.
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