31 minutes | Aug 20th 2020

Arlan Hamilton -- Why It’s About Damn Time For A Disruptive Investor

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What throws two fingers up at the establishment more than an LGBTQ, black, woman investor? Meet Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital. Arlan’s a catalyst and a powerful soul seeking to make not just waves, but actual change in a very male dominated industry. 
Just 5 years ago, Arlan started a venture capital fund in the US while homeless. Today, her $10m boutique venture fund has invested in over 130 startups led by high potential, underrepresented, underestimated founders who are people of colour, women and/or LGBTQ.
“For 35 years I had a lot of housing insecurity and a lot of financial issues. And then one day I decided I'm going to do something a little different. And that's where we are today.”
In this incredibly honest and transparent episode, Arlan talks about her newly released book - It’s About Damn Time, how to build a strong sense of self and the difference between a dream and a calling, as well as why she advocates for being weird. But most importantly, she reveals why an audience of one needs to be enough for all of us. 
“Being weird is absolutely the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I would not have any of the things that I have today, except for family, which is wonderful, had I not been weird.”
On today’s podcast:
  • Why Arlan’s secret to bravery is a tolerance for risk
  • How to filter available knowledge and advice
  • Learn to understand and follow your instinct
  • Why struggling is normal
  • How to turn being weird into your power
  • How to define the impact you want to make

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