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Arlan Hamilton 

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Arlan Hamilton

Born: October 30, 1980;

Occupation: Businesswoman;

Position: Founder, Managing Partner;

Company: Backstage Capital;

Industry: Venture Capital;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: American;

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 from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $12 million and invested in more than 150startup companies led by underestimated founders. In 2018, they launched a four-city accelerator program in Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, and London.

Work Experience

  • Founder, Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
  • Tour Manager, Janine & The Mixtape
  • Production Coordinator, Toni Braxton
  • Tour Manager's Assistant, Jason Derulo
  • Production Coordinator, Chromeo
  • Talent Wrangler, Pharrell Williams
  • Tour Director, Nico Turner (opening for Cat Power)
  • Tour Director (UK/Europe), Amanda Palmer
  • Production Coordinator, CeeLo Green
  • Production Coordinator, Kirk Franklin / King's Men Live Nation tour
  • Blogger, Arlan Was Here Productions
  • Production Assistant, Director's Assistant, Various
  • Tour Manager / Booking, Terra Naomi - award winning singer/songwriter
  • Founder, Publisher & Editor, INTERLUDE magazine
  • Tour Manager / Booking, goldenboy' - Norwegian poppunk


  • Arlan is the author of, It's About Damn Time, an inspirational and tactical business book for budding entrepreneurs and aspiring investors.
  • She hosts the popular podcast, Your First Million.
  • She has been featured on CNN, PBS, and others.
  • In 2019, she became the first Black woman to have an entirely devoted episode of Emily Chang's Bloomberg 1.0.
  • In October 2018, Arlan was featured on the cover of Fast Company magazine as the first Black woman non-celebrity to do so (following Oprah, Serena, and Beyonce).

Philanthropy, Community Service and Memberships

  • In 2019, Arlan and her mother, Mrs. Earline Butler-Sims, announced their new scholarship program, which kicked off with Oxford University's first-ever undergraduate scholarship for a Black student, as well as a commitment to fund a full-ride scholarship for a Psychology student at Mrs. Sims' alma mater, HBCU Dillard University.


  • Pilot Program: Insider's Guide to Silicon Valley Investing, Stanford Continuing Studies

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