80 episodes

Backstage Capital is venture investment fund that backs underrepresented tech startup founders. Since inception in September 2015, Backstage has deployed nearly $2m into 40+ startups around the U.S. that are led by women, POC, and LGBT founders. This podcast takes you behind the scenes to show you what it's like to build a fund from scratch and give you deep insights into what investors are REALLY looking for. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You might steal a donut. But that'll have nothing to do with us. Keep it funky, keep it fresh!

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Backstage Capital is venture investment fund that backs underrepresented tech startup founders. Since inception in September 2015, Backstage has deployed nearly $2m into 40+ startups around the U.S. that are led by women, POC, and LGBT founders. This podcast takes you behind the scenes to show you what it's like to build a fund from scratch and give you deep insights into what investors are REALLY looking for. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You might steal a donut. But that'll have nothing to do with us. Keep it funky, keep it fresh!

    #ArlanWasHere Glow Up

    #ArlanWasHere Glow Up

    Hear about some exciting developments at Backstage directly from Arlan herself.

    • 28 min
    Introducing 0G - A new Podcast by Christie Pitts + Peter Rojas

    Introducing 0G - A new Podcast by Christie Pitts + Peter Rojas

    Peter Rojas loves gadgets and made a career around sharing the stories behind the devices, including vintage mobile phones. Christie Pitts worked on the front lines of consumer device sales at Verizon. Today, they're both VCs investing in startups – Peter at Betaworks, and Christie at Backstage Capital. But, while they look toward the future of technology, they can't refrain from reminiscing about the weird and wonderful evolution of phones that many have left behind in the past.

    Join us in this fun preview of Christie and Peter's new podcast, "0G: A History of Forgotten Phones".

    Listen to 0G: https://anchor.fm/0g

    Full show notes:
    https://backstagecapital.com/podcast/0g/‎

    Credits:
    Executive Producer: Arlan Hamilton
    Co-Host: Christie Pitts
    Co-Host + Editor: Bryan Landers
    Theme by: Janine
    Additional Music by: Jeff Kaale

    • 27 min
    #ArlanWasHere MoveTheDial Global Summit 2018 (with Bea Arthur, The Difference)

    #ArlanWasHere MoveTheDial Global Summit 2018 (with Bea Arthur, The Difference)

    Join a live fireside event that happened November 7, 2018. #MoveTheDial Global Summit in Toronto, Ontario in Canada, brought together incredible tech leaders and influencers dedicated to promoting the participation and leadership of all women in tech.

    Listen in as Bea Arthur, Founder + CEO at Backstage Headliner The Difference and a Host + Contributor at Forbes, speaks with Arlan about the origins of Backstage Capital, being true to yourself in the face of adversity, and all of us working together to change representation and opportunity for more people.

    Find out more about #MoveTheNeedle:
    https://movethedial.com/

    Full show notes:
    https://backstagecapital.com/podcast/arlanwashere-movethedial-2018/

    • 21 min
    O.school (feat. Andrea Barrica)

    O.school (feat. Andrea Barrica)

    Andrea Barrica shares the story of being raised in a religious, conservative, first-generation Filipino-American family that only taught abstinence to becoming the CEO + Founder of O.school, a non-judgmental source for information on sexuality and dating through medically-accurate videos, articles, and live streams. Greer and Andrea discuss raising venture capital for a Sex Tech company as an LGBTQ woman of color, and Andrea's path to O.school after co-founding inDinero with Jessica Ma and working as a Venture Partner at 500 Startups.

    Full show notes:
    https://backstagecapital.com/podcast/oschool/

    Credits:
    Executive Producer: Arlan Hamilton
    Host: Greer Engonga
    Producer: Bryan Landers
    Editor: Chris Keene
    Theme by: Janine
    Additional Music by: Lakey Inspired

    • 21 min
    Civic Eagle (feat. Damola Ogundipe)

    Civic Eagle (feat. Damola Ogundipe)

    Greer interviews Headliner Damola Ogundipe, CEO + Co-founder of Civic Eagle, a political technology company that helps organizations win their policy campaigns with a SaaS platform that’s powered by artificial intelligence — legislative intelligence made simple.

    Full show notes:
    https://backstagecapital.com/podcast/civic-eagle/

    Credits:
    Executive Producer: Arlan Hamilton
    Host: Greer Engonga
    Producer: Bryan Landers
    Theme by: Janine
    Additional Music by: Lumenbeats.

    • 31 min
    #ArlanWasHere Vision 2018 Keynote

    #ArlanWasHere Vision 2018 Keynote

    Listen in on Arlan’s keynote talk from Vision 2018, the small business innovation symposium held October 19 in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s a charming, hilarious, and inspiring interview that reveals stories you’ve never heard from Arlan’s past — a candid conversation with Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, Director + Lead of the Bioscience Entrepreneurial & Workforce Inclusion Initiative.

    Full show notes:
    https://backstagecapital.com/podcast/arlanwashere-vision-2018/

    Credits
    Executive Producer: Arlan Hamilton
    Producer: Bryan Landers
    Theme by: Janine
    Additional music by: DeKobe

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

D. Craig II ,

the definition of inspiration

Arlan’s personal story is inspiring, however what she has been able to build with Backstage Capital is where the true inspiration lies. The VC industry is extremely difficult to break into, especially if you don’t have the “traditional” background most VC’s look for, and that goes for both investors and entrepreneurs.

What Arlan and her team at Backstage have been able to do is create a new ecosystem giving underrepresented individuals from all walks of the VC industry an opportunity to prove their worth. As an aspiring venture capitalist, I have received a ton of inspiration from this podcast as well as much needed practical advice. I thank you for what you are doing and wish you continued success.

Miss FAMU ,

If you love being inspired, listen to this podcast!

I was first introduced to Arlan Hamilton on her season of “Startup,” which was captivating. Hearing about how she took on the VC world as an “outsider,” and turned that into a multimillion dollar fund focused on capitalizing on the underappreciated strengths of other outsiders, was beyond inspiring. Great stories about the ups and downs of trying to make it. Be sure to listen to the amazing story of Trenee, her hairstylist at Kimble salon. Who knew hearing how a hair stylist made her way to Hollywood would make me cry—love that episode!

BiznessManOne ,

Excellence!! 🙌

Backstage Capital is a ground-breaking company providing insight and analysis of some of the most intriguing situations facing founders and investors. Arlan Hamilton is simply amazing! Her inspiring story seems to be made of gold. Not only is she building a world class company, but she is breaking down barriers along the way. Ms. Hamilton is allowing us to ride with her on her journey, and we are holding on to our seats!! Fascinating and fun. THANK YOU!!

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