EF In Conversation with Arlan Hamilton, Founder of Backstage Capital

By Nasos Papadopoulos, EF Head of Content

On the 25th May 2018, Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, visited Entrepreneur First to give a talk to our tenth London cohort. 

Arlan built Backstage Capital from the ground up, while homeless and the fund is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT.

Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into over 80 startup companies led by underestimated founders.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Why I Got Into Startups

Why I Invest in Underrepresented Founders

The 3 Reasons Investors Turned Me Down

How I Secured My First Investor

Why Kindness Pays Off in The Long Run

Don't Worry About What Other People Think

What Most VCs Are Getting Wrong

What I Look For in Founders 

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