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Three Years of “No”

Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital
In conversation with: Ravi Belani, Stanford University

Backstage Capital founder and managing partner Arlan Hamilton describes how she went from living out of a hotel in Pearland, Texas to raising her first $50,000. She emphasizes that her strategy didn’t involve telling her personal story so much as emphasizing the opportunity she saw: a fund that could generate significant deal-flow by focusing on underrepresented founders.