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Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in companies led by women, people of color, and LGBTQ founders.

Founded in 2015, Backstage Capital is an investment firm that is based in Los Angeles, California. The firm invests in startup founders who identify as a woman, person of color and/or LGBTQ. Its accelerator is a 3-month program designed to give founders the support they need to reach their next critical milestone.

The Backstage Studio

Backstage Capital's accelerator, The Backstage Studio, is a startup accelerator supporting companies led by women, people of color and LGBTQ founders with locations in Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and London.

Investment

Backstage Capital's investments include Aquaai, Seed&Spark, BeVisible, Drop, Airfordable, Weav, Blendoor, Bandwagon, NailSnaps, Kairos, Laugh.ly and O.School.

Timeline

March 20, 2019
Backstage Capital Shakes Up Its Management Structure

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Amiah Sheppard

Partner, Los Angeles

Amrit Richmond

Ecosystem

Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis

Special Projects

Andy Davis

Partner, London

Arlan Hamilton

Founder and Managing Partner

Brittany Davis

Principal

Bryan Launders

COO

Chacho Valadez

Associate

Christie Pitts

General Partner and CEO

Del Johnson

Partner, New York City

Greer Engonga

Partner, Los Angeles

Monica Wheat

Partner, Detroit

Sarah Smith

Operations and Marketing

Tapan Kataria

Partner, Detroit

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

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

Megan Rose Dickey

Web

March 19, 2019

The Hype Has Always Been Ahead of Arlan Hamilton, and It Finally Caught Up

Kimberly Weisul

Web

March 20, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Natasha Mascarenhas
March 9, 2021
TechCrunch
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, how raising money from the community, versus institutional LPs, can impact Backstage strategy. On what makes a founder make sense for Backstage Capital In [...]
Megan Rose Dickey
February 23, 2021
TechCrunch
TC Sessions: Justice, our second-ever dedicated event to diversity, equity, inclusion and labor in tech, is coming up on March 3, 2021. This is a virtual one-day conference featuring the brightest innovators, leaders and worker-activists in the industry. We're pumped to be able to host Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Backstage Capital founder and Managing Partner Arlan [...]
Megan Rose Dickey
February 9, 2021
TechCrunch
TC Sessions: Justice, our second-ever dedicated event to diversity, equity, inclusion and labor in tech, is coming up on March 3, 2021. This is a virtual one-day conference featuring the brightest innovators, leaders and worker-activists in the industry. We're pumped to be able to host Backstage Capital founder and Managing Partner Arlan Hamilton, Gig Workers [...]
Candy Cheng
February 1, 2021
Business Insider
Investor Arlan Hamilton is opening the door to the VC world by allowing regular folks to realize potential gains from Backstage Capital's portfolio.
Natasha Mascarenhas
June 2, 2020
TechCrunch
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 [...]
Allana Akhtar
October 8, 2019
Business Insider
We named Hamilton one of our 100 People Transforming Business for shaking up the VC world by investing only in underrepresented founders.

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