Arlan Hamilton

Arlan Hamilton is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital.

Arlan Hamilton
BornOctober 30th, 1980[1]
OccupationFounder and managing partner, Backstage Capital


In 2015, inspired by Mike Rothenberg of Rothenberg Ventures, Hamilton founded Backstage Capital, a fund that, similar to Comcast Ventures's Catalyst Fund, invests in "underestimated founders". Underestimated founders for the fund are defined as women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community.

Prior to her venture capital role, Hamilton founded and published the indie magazine Interlude and prior to that, served as tour manager to Atlantic Records recording artist Janine.[2]

In May 2018, Hamilton announced her firm would also launch a $36 million fund specifically for black female founders.[3]

In March 2019, after difficulty raising the planned $36m fund, Hamilton stepped down as CEO of Backstage Studio and laid off a significant percentage of Backstage employees.[4]

In June 2019 Hamilton received recognition from Business Insider as one of the 23 most powerful LGBTQ+ people in tech.[5]


  • 2018 – Fortune 40 Under 40[6]


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  2. ^ Susannah Hutcheson (April 13, 2017). "How I became a venture capitalist: Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital". USA Today. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Jennifer Calfas (November 27, 2018). "This Venture Capitalist Started Her Own Firm Without Any Investing Experience or Degree. Here's How She Did It". Money. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Backstage Capital Shakes Up Its Management Structure". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  5. ^ Leskin, Paige. "The 23 most powerful LGBTQ+ people in tech". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  6. ^ "40 Under 40". Fortune. 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2019.