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Featured Arlan Hamilton Keynote Speaker Founder Backstage Capital Gravity Speakers
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Tags: Business / Activism / Overcoming Adversity / College & University / Diversity & Inclusion / Investing & Venture Capital / Management / Entrepreneurship / Startup / Team Building / Leadership / Motivational / Social Change & Issues / Technology

About

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 $10M into 130 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 non-celebrity to do so, and her new book “It’s About Damn Time” comes out on Penguin Random House’s business imprint Currency on May 5, 2020. She and Backstage Studio were also the subjects of Season 7 of the popular Gimlet Media podcast, StartUp. Arlan now hosts Your First Million, a weekly podcast featuring in-depth conversations with how the world’s most successful people finessed their first million dollars, customers, or downloads.


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. Most recently she worked with Atlantic Records recording artist Janine.

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. Backstage is a fully remote team that has quickly scaled to 38 employees working together with an ever-expanding roster of world-class mentors and partners. Also in 2018, Backstage Studio announced the launch of four accelerator programs, in Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, and London, UK. Called the Backstage Accelerator, this three month program is designed to give founders the support they need to reach their next critical milestone, through mentorship, investment capital, and access to resources and networks. Arlan was recently named on Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 list, as well as, Vanity Fair magazine’s The 2018 New Establishment List.

Topics

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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President Trump's former chief of staff John Kelly says he believes John Bolton and believes witnesses should be heard from in the impeachment proceedings
https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20200128/former-trump-chief-of-staff-john-kelly-tells-sarasota-crowd-rsquoi-believe-john-boltonrsquo

Headliner @workfrom is onto something huge with connecting people working remotely. Can’t wait to see what they accomplish as part of the 2020 Techstars Anywhere class. Go, @darrenbuckner + team! 👍🏾 https://twitter.com/darrenbuckner/status/1221830116080119808

Exciting news! We just crossed $250,000,000 earned by creators on Gumroad.

And I have a new idea on how we can still become a "billion-dollar company." 🤔

Last year I mentioned on my podcast YOUR FIRST MILLION that I like @PodSaveAmerica but had trouble listening to full episodes bc of time. The past month I’ve been devouring full episodes of it bc it’s been SO GOOD. Thanks @jonfavs and @crookedmedia. Next stop: @PodSaveThePpl👊🏾

This is so cool!!🚀 https://twitter.com/Backstage_Cap/status/1158514372894871553

A thread for those who think @realDonaldTrump could find Ukraine on a marked map:

Loved this thoughtful conversation today in Austin (quick trip) with old friends and new. Got an idea brewing from it...

Bitch, who is everyone?

You mean like this?

https://twitter.com/ivankatrump/status/1222126462347681793

What does it mean to be underestimated? While it does mean being overlooked, @ArlanWasHere (Founder, @BackStage_Cap) sees it as the biggest opportunity for investment. Raise your hand if this speaks to you. 🤚