In 2018, Backstage Capital’s Arlan Hamilton was on the cover of Fast Company magazine. The headline was irresistible: homeless, gay, Black woman becomes hot-shot Silicon Valley investor. But the reality is that Black female founders still get token amounts of funding, despite being the fastest growing demographic in the startup world. On this episode, Arlan reflects on whether she’s improved the plight of “underestimated and underrepresented” founders, as she calls them, and how she explains privilege to white, male investors who don’t understand the point of her investment fund. Plus, Manoush’s daughter weighs in on entrepreneurship.
This is the second episode of Season 5 which explains six systemic problems and profiles six amazing people working to fix them.