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CEO School

Mar 29, 2021

In this episode, you'll hear from Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Arlan shares her journey from being broke to investing in 100 companies led by unrepresented founders. You'll hear the mindset and impact of someone raised in a home with abundant love, laughter and support but unsure where the next meal or roof would be. Arlan tells about the moment she knew she would make the vision come to fruition, while pacing a parking lot hotel in Texas. You'll hear step by step how she went to $15 million raised, 170 companies invested in over a six year period, and the vision for Backstage. Arlan speaks openly about the “pipeline” problem in the investor space and why it is not a real factor. 

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