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Be Hungry But Not Thirsty When Pitching VCs with Arlan Hamilton S7 Ep. 5

Seven years ago she was broke and sleeping on the airport floor. Now she is a successful investor, entrepreneur, and author..

Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital, Runner and author of Its About Damn Time published well before singer Lizzos popular song by the same name. Backstage Capital is a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised over $20 million and invested in more than 150 startup companies led by underestimated founders.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Arlans top recommendations for how to turn being underestimated into your greatest advantage

  • How she pivoted from tour manager to venture capitalist

  • Why you should be hungry but never thirsty when pitching VCs

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