Arlan Hamilton is the Founder of Backstage Capital, a venture capital fund recognized for investing $5 million across over 100 companies, all led by people of color, women and/or LGBTQ founders. Although Hamilton (pictured above right) does not have a background in finance, she has been creating spaces for herself her whole life by embracing the true nature of a rock star entrepreneur. Last fall, she made history by gracing the cover of Fast Company as the first black woman who was not an athlete or an entertainer. Just four years ago, Hamilton was sleeping in a car with her mom at SXSW without a badge just so she could be in this space. This week, as a featured keynoter at SXSW, she broke down her journey of how she went from never being able to get a meeting with a venture capitalist to personally becoming the most well-known black female VC, funding underestimated companies nationwide.
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