April 9, 2021

Fireside Chat with Arlan Hamilton

Arlan Hamilton is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital. Backstage is an investment advisor that focuses on funding startups run by people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals. More than 175 startups have already been funded by Backstage Capital.

Hamilton’s journey into venture capital is unconventional. She began in the music industry, where she booked and managed tours for various bands and musicians. She also ran a very successful blog, and recently she wrote a book. So her unconventional journey into venture capital is a fascinating story — especially given how very conventional VC tends to be.

Hamilton and KingsCrowd’s own Chris Lustrino recently sat down for a fireside chat. They discussed disruptions in  startup investing — through both crowdfunding and firms like Backstage — as well as answered questions from the audience. You can watch a full replay of the live conversation below.

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About: Aryelle Young

Aryelle Young is a published writer and editor with experience across industries. She has worked with an independent publishing company and as a proposal writer for a government contractor. Her original work has also been published in various journals and one short story collection. At KingsCrowd, she strives to provide insightful and actionable content for all readers. Aryelle graduated with a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University.

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