Featured Session: Arlan Hamilton

Though she has experience as a professional writer and in live music production, Hamilton has become best known as an entrepreneur, having started a venture capital fund while homeless. Her firm, Backstage Capital, focuses on investing in startup ventures led by women, people of color and the LGBTQIA+ communities. In 2020, she published a book about her personal journey called It's About Damn Time.

Arlan Hamilton

Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital.
Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She 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 in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5M into 100 startups led by underestimated founders.

KC Ifeanyi

Associate Editor, Fast Company

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