Featured Arlan Hamilton Keynote Speaker Founder Backstage Capital Gravity Speakers
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US East: $25,000 – $35,000*
US West: $25,000 – $35,000*
Europe: $35,000 – $50,000*
Asia: $35,000 – $50,000*
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Tags: Activism / Business / Diversity & Inclusion / Entrepreneurship / Investing & Venture Capital / Leadership / Management / Motivational / Overcoming Adversity / Social Change & Issues / Startup / Team Building / Technology


Arlan Hamilton is a remarkable entrepreneur who built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She 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 in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5M into 100 startups led by underestimated founders and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Quartz. Arlan made history by making the cover of Fast Company as the first Black woman who is not an entertainer or athlete to do so. She and Backstage Studio were also the subjects of Season 7 of the popular Gimlet Media podcast, StartUp.

Arlan entered the venture investing world from an unconventional path. Before launching Backstage Capital, she authored the groundbreaking blog “Your Daily Lesbian Moment”, which she grew to a monthly readership of 50,000 fans worldwide. She has written for AOL, SuicideGirls, and Curve Magazine, and founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine Interlude. Arlan was also a live music production professional, having served as a tour coordinator to numerous international artists including Toni Braxton and Jason Derulo.

In 2018, Arlan co-founded, along with Investment Partner Christie Pitts, Backstage Studio, a new venture studio designed to build products, services, and initiatives that serve the mission of eliminating underrepresentation in tech by empowering founders and their teams to succeed. Also in 2018, Backstage announced the launch of Backstage Accelerator, a 3-month program designed to give founders the support they need to reach their next critical milestone. Backstage is a fully-remote team that has quickly scaled to 20 employees working together with an ever-expanding roster of world-class mentors and partners.


Being the Change You Want to See

Ecosystem Innovation

Bootstrapping a Venture Capital Fund

Garnering Attention in a Crowded Landscape

Breaking Rules While Breaking Ground

Approaching Investors

Managing a Remote Team

Black Women in Tech

Launching Startups with Humanity

Arlan Hamilton is available for booking directly through Gravity Speakers and is currently represented by CAA.



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Happy 92nd birthday to the one and only barrier-breaking icon Sidney Poitier.

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I’d love to hear a country & western album from Sade, in the style of Patsy Cline.

You’re welcome.

Genuinely terrified. But I will hold all judgement until the airing of the first episode...then it’s ON;)