Arlan Hamilton, CEO and founder of Backstage Capital, wants to see more color in venture capital. Backstage focuses on “investing in underestimated founders,” making Hamilton one of the few pushing for change in VC. Her story is fascinating, and has touched many — Arlan was homeless only three years ago, and had no formal education or experience in finance. To date, Backstage Capital has invested more than $4M in 100 companies all with at least one founder who is a woman, person of color, or LGBTQ+. Right now, they’re working on a $36m investment into black women-led projects, $1 million at a time.…

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