430. Interviews: Arlan Hamilton - Breaking the VC glass ceiling for underrepresented founders

Episode 607 · May 29th, 2020 · 44 mins 33 secs

About this Episode

In today's episode, we bring you an interview with Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital. From improbable beginnings, Arlan Hamilton is making waves in the venture capital space by investing in companies led by underrepresented founders. Less than 10% of all venture capital deals go to women, people of colour, and LGBT founders and Arlan has made it her mission to change that.

We kick things off talking about her book It's About Damn Time. With rave reviews from Mark Cuban, Stacey Abrams, and Jameela Jamil, Sam and Arlan discuss the book writing process and how to turn being underestimated into your greatest asset. From sleeping on the floor of the San Francisco International Airport to becoming the first non-celebrity black woman to be featured on the cover of Fast Company, we hear about how Arlan's upbringing, her past life as a tour manager and her unconventional journey through Silicon Valley has shaped both her and the company she runs.

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