Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital and Hire Runner, is also the host of the Your First Million Podcast and author of It’s About Damn Time. 

Arlan 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 LGBTQ.

Backstage has raised tens of millions of dollars, invested in 200 startups led by underestimated founders, and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Quartz.

Arlan also founded Runner, a talent operations startup that connects outstanding operations talent with inclusive companies.

She also published It’s About Damn Time, her book detailing her journey from homelessness to venture capital. In today’s episode of Unvalley you’ll hear Arlan’s incredible story and learn some of her best strategies that have helped her succeed in venture capital, startups, and tech, despite enormous challenges.

You are going to learn about: 

  • 5:05 Arlan’s biggest breakthrough.
  • 13:42 The importance of access to capital. 
  • 17:08 The biggest opportunity outside of SF.
  • 21:30 How accredited and non-accredited investors can participate in funding underrepresented founders.  
  • 23:08 Investors can generate true wealth with platforms like Backstage Crowd.
  • 26:15 Arlan’s predictions for tech beyond the Bay Area.

Unvalley is the show for tech leaders that want to unlock their full potential and connect with the biggest opportunities in tech beyond Silicon Valley. Arlan Hamilton is leading the charge to make funding more accessible for founders no matter their gender, race, sexual orientation, or where they live. 


In this episode, you will learn from Arlan on: 

  1. The process. Determination and perseverance are key pillars in Arlan’s journey.
  2. Participate in the payday. Arlan shares how you can participate in venture investing no matter your check size.
  3. Stories from the frontline. Real-life stories from minority tech executives in the south and the impact they are making.

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