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Hamilton said this could have been avoided if the “system we work within were different.”

Backstage Capital cuts majority of staff after pausing net new investments

Backstage Capital, founded by Arlan Hamilton in 2015, has officially invested in 200 companies led by historically overlooked founders. And that’s all, for now. Going forward, the firm will only…

200 investments in, Backstage Capital is pivoting to fund only existing portfolio companies
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Hire, then wire with a twist

11:00 am PST • February 19, 2022

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Since launching the venture firm Backstage Capital…

Hire, then wire with a twist

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Arlan Hamilton wants to reroute how startups hire

Since launching the venture firm Backstage Capital in 2015, Arlan Hamilton has invested millions in more than 195 companies led by underrepresented founders, from a duo taking on auto insurance to a team rethinking how we virtually learn. Despite the breadth in the business, Hamilton says she is consistently asked two questions by her portfolio…

5:00 am PST • February 19, 2022
Arlan Hamilton wants to reroute how startups hire

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Backstage Capital’s Arlan Hamilton discusses how to find the next unicorn

Arlan Hamilton, the Backstage Capital founder and managing partner, joined us at TC: Sessions Justice to chat about how she vets founders beyond Stanford signal, the changing role of venture capital, and how raising money from the community versus institutional LPs can impact Backstage strategy. On what makes a founder make sense for Backstage Capital…

6:30 am PST • March 9, 2021
Backstage Capital’s Arlan Hamilton discusses how to find the next unicorn

Venture funds have historically counted on several types of limited partners — or LPs — for their own investing capital. One of these groups is institutional investors — think pension…

Two new efforts could widen the pool of people investing directly in venture funds

I’m very excited to announce Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, will be joining us in a fireside chat at TC Sessions: Justice on March 3. Backstage…

Hear from Arlan Hamilton on finding the next big opportunities in tech at TC Sessions: Justice

Hellllooooo, 2021! Welcome back to Human Capital, a weekly newsletter that details the latest in the realms of labor, diversity and inclusion. Not a ton happened this week so I…

Human Capital: The biggest labor stories of 2020

Despite several years of diversity reports and inclusion trainings, the tech industry still has more work to do in achieving an equitable representation of Black, Hispanic and Indigenous people. Meanwhile,…

Announcing TechCrunch Sessions: Justice 2021

Planet FWD, the climate-friendly food startup founded by Zume co-founder Julia Collins, is today launching its first product, Moonshot Snacks. The climate-friendly snack is carbon neutral, organic, kosher, plant-based, non-GMO and…

With another $2.5 million in funding, Julia Collins’ Planet FWD launches climate-friendly snack brand

Zuleyka Strasner didn’t set out to become an advocate for zero-waste consumption. The former manager of partner operations at Felicis Ventures had initially pursued a career in politics in the…

Businesses reducing trash and plastic consumption are beginning to look like treasure to some VCs

Many in the tech industry saw the threat of the novel coronavirus early and reacted correctly. Fewer have seemed prepared for its aftereffects, like the outflow of talented employees from…

Startups Weekly: A Silicon Valley for everyone

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Venture firms rush to find ways to support Black founders and investors

As protests against police brutality and economic manifestations of systemic racism in the U.S. continue, venture capital firms are joining the chorus of technology industry advocates lending their support to the cause. For the past three days, technology company executives and the investors who backed them have issued statements of support for the protests and…

3:43 pm PDT • June 2, 2020
Venture firms rush to find ways to support Black founders and investors

In this week’s newsletter: Details on Pinterest, Lyft, Uber and Zoom’s upcoming IPOs, plus Glossier and Rent The Runway’s big rounds.

Startups Weekly: A much-needed unicorn IPO update

The tech industry is volatile and Backstage Capital founder and Managing Partner Arlan Hamilton is experiencing that firsthand. Last May, Hamilton announced the launch of a $36 million fund to…

Backstage Capital’s $36 million fund is taking longer to raise than expected

On the heels of Backstage Capital’s announcement to launch an accelerator for startups led by underrepresented founders, the venture capital firm has selected its fourth location. Backstage Capital decided on…

Backstage Capital to launch accelerator in Detroit

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VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example, have left. Rising…

2:01 pm PDT • September 21, 2018
VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

After launching a $36 million fund earlier this year to help support black female founders, Backstage Capital isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Today, the fund’s founder and managing…

Backstage Capital to launch an accelerator in four cities to promote underrepresented founders

Conceiving a product and turning it into a successful high-growth startup is challenging work, but it can be absolutely punishing for underrepresented founders. While a strong product and a great…

Backstage Capital launches $36m fund to boost black female founders

Backstage Capital, the venture firm focused on funding underrepresented minorities, recently acquired The Door for an undisclosed amount in cash and equity. The acquisition makes quite some sense given The…

Backstage Capital acquires The Door to continue funding underrepresented founders