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. Arlan Hamilton

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.