Feb. 12, 2021

“It HAD to Exist!” with Arlan Hamilton

“It HAD to Exist!” with Arlan Hamilton

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.

Bio:

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.

Connect:  Twitter + IG: @ArlanWasHere

Resources:

Your First Million podcast | Backstage Capital - jOURney documentary | It's About Damn Time book | Virtual events | Arlan's newsletter


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