Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
2019 Fireside Chat Panelist
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 in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5M into 130 startups led by underestimated founders and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, CNN Money, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Quartz.
In 2018, Arlan co-founded Backstage Studio, along with Investment Partner Christie Pitts. Backstage Studio has now created four accelerator programs, in Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, and London, UK. In October 2018, Arlan was featured on the cover of Fast Company magazine. Arlan and Backstage were the subjects of Season 7 of the popular podcast StartUp from Gimlet Media. Arlan entered the venture investing world from an unconventional path. She authored the groundbreaking blog “Your Daily Lesbian Moment”, which she grew to a monthly readership of 50,000 fans worldwide, and founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine Interlude.
Arlan is also a live music production professional, having served as a tour coordinator to numerous international artists including [will.i.am], Toni Braxton, and Jason Derulo. 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 was recently named on Fortune magazine's 40 under 40 list, as well as Vanity Fair magazine's The 2018 New Establishment List.