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


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 $7M 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 who is not an entertainer or athlete. 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.


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.




Thank you to everyone who came out to our Happy Hour tonight in SF and thank you to @brexHQ for hosting us!

“Investment in women founders at an all time time high!!”

*woohoo! pops cork* 🍾🥂🚀

“It’s now 2.8%.”

*quietly tries to shove cork back in*

I’ve been to D.C. three times in the past 18 months, and tonight was the second time I was standing in the same small room with @KellyannePolls. I was headed over to ask her if she’s Anonymous when someone grabbed my arm to tell me they like Backstage’s work. Then she was gone.

Can someone explain the woman yelling at a cat sitting at a table thing? Was it from a tv show?

But beware: I will speak the truth!

Must say, @Backstage_Cap team is full of wonderful people. 1st person I knew was the amazing @AmiahShep 🌟. @chachovaladez & @iBrittDavis, it was awesome to finally meet you. Randomly chatted about being in VC as #immigrants / children of immigrants & why our voices matter. 🗣️

Instead of discussing presidential politics, Donald Trump or polling numbers, we asked @PeteButtigieg about the decisions he made as mayor that affected racial disparities in South Bend's economics, education and criminal justice:

👊🏾 and 😻 @emirates

Read the latest from our @zoramag corner The Cake, by @Backstage_Cap fintech headliner @dinero_diva!

US VC investment in female founders hits all-time high by @kateclarktweets