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May 23, 2024

In this episode of Sisternomics, host Monique goes into the archives to welcome Arlan Hamilton, the founder of Backstage Capital. Arlan shares her journey from being homeless and sleeping on airport floors to becoming a renowned venture capitalist who has invested in more than 200 companies founded by underrepresented groups, including people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals. 

The conversation dives into the persistent challenges faced by Black women in business, the importance of shifting one's money mindset, and the power of tenacity and resilience.

Monique and Arlan discuss the systemic issues within venture capital funding and the steps women entrepreneurs can take to position themselves for success. Additionally, Arlan reflects on her love for Janet Jackson and the significance of purchasing Jackson’s 1956 Chevy pickup truck as a symbol of her remarkable journey.

Here are some highlights from this conversation which originally aired exclusively on LinkedIn in 2022:

00:39 From Homelessness to Venture Capital Success: Arlan Hamilton's Journey

01:42 The Power of a Shifted Money Mindset

06:11 Overcoming Rejection and Fueling Tenacity

07:27 Empowering Black Women Entrepreneurs: A Coach's Mission

10:30 Addressing the Venture Capital Gap for Women of Color

12:50 Preparing for Venture Capital: Tips from Arlan Hamilton

14:06 A Personal Triumph: Arlan Hamilton's Janet Jackson Moment


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