Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital is a venture capital fund that invests in new companies led by underrepresented founders in the U.S.

HQWest Hollywood, CA, US
Size (employees)33 (est)
Cybersecurity ratingAMore
Backstage Capital was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in West Hollywood, CA, US

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Key People/Management at Backstage Capital

Arlan Hamilton

Arlan Hamilton

Founder & Managing Partner
Brittany Davis

Brittany Davis

General Partner
Chacho Valadez

Chacho Valadez

Clair Samuel

Clair Samuel

Chief Operating Officer
Cathy Dinas

Cathy Dinas

Director of Operations
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Backstage Capital Office Locations

Backstage Capital has an office in West Hollywood
West Hollywood, CA, US (HQ)
West Hollywood, CA, USA
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Backstage Capital News and Updates

Backstage Capital Founder Arlan Hamilton Eyes Another Milestone: First to Crowdfund $5 Million

Management fees are not enough to sustain a small fund in its early days. Hamilton's Backstage sees another way.

This book saved Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton’s life

Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital, shares her essential reading list. 1. Outliers, Malcolm GladwellRead Full Story

Full Q&A: Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton and Deeds Not Words founder Wendy Davis on Recode Decode

Hamilton and Davis spoke with Recode’s Kara Swisher at South By Southwest earlier this month. On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton and Deeds Not Words founder Wendy Davis joined Recode’s Kara Swisher onstage to talk about being seen and heard in hist…

Backstage Capital, Champion of Under-Represented Founders, Pivots Hard

Arlan Hamilton's $36 million fund fails to come together, and she steps down from her accelerator post.

Backstage Capital Shakes Up Its Management Structure

Backstage founder Arlan Hamilton is stepping down as CEO of the firm's operational arm.

How Arlan Hamilton founded VC firm Backstage Capital while homeless

Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton wants to close Silicon Valley's funding gap. Her firm invests in companies founded by women, people of color and LGBTQ entrepreneurs.
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Backstage Capital Online and Social Media Presence

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Backstage Capital Blogs

Our Summer in VC at Backstage Capital

By Roneal Demerson and Noel Viramontes, Venture Interns for Backstage Capital through a partnership with HBCUvc and PledgeLADuring the summer, Backstage Capital worked with HBCUvc and PledgeLA to hire two interns eager to learn more about venture capital and how Backstage invests in underestimated f…

Backstage Capital Invests in Upsie, a Welcome Disruption to Warranties

Upsie closes an $18.2M Series AAfter paying hundreds of dollars for the latest and greatest smart device, we’re asked to shell out another couple hundred for an extended warranty.We picture all the worst possible scenarios:Your smart phone comes face to face with a stiletto heel in a crowded bar.You…

If Fund Managers Want to Hold onto Yale’s $31.2

If Fund Managers Want to Hold onto Yale’s $31.2 Billion Endowment, They Need to Diversify their StaffValued at $31.2 billion, Yale’s endowment is a huge win for many investment managers.However, at the beginning of October 2020, the university’s endowment chief Dave Swensen added a condition to the …

Citigroup economist, Dana Peterson, identifies a national loss of $16 trillion due to racial…

Citigroup economist, Dana Peterson, identifies a national loss of $16 trillion due to racial inequityGlobal economist, Dana Peterson — photo by Yuri GripasAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the global economy, it has also highlighted the racial inequities that permeate our country’s financ…

What does JPMorgan Chase’s $30 billion commitment to tackle the racial wealth gap really mean?

Backstage Capital is a (for-profit) micro venture capital fund created to invest competitively into startups whose founders are underrepresented in tech & venture, and therefore underestimated. Since 2015, we have raised more than $12M from scratch, and invested in ~150 startups, investing in ju…

An epic conversation with Harry Stebbings: My 1:1 on The 20 Minute VC (finally!)

Say it with me: IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!Yes, that’s right, your eyes and ears aren’t deceiving you — Harry and I finally (fintally with a T, yall) got to sit down and talk with each other for his podcast, The 20 Minute VC, a pod that gets millions of downloads each month, and has been rocking and rolli…
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Backstage Capital Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Backstage Capital founded?

    Backstage Capital was founded in 2015.

  • Who are Backstage Capital key executives?

    Backstage Capital's key executives are Arlan Hamilton, Brittany Davis and Chacho Valadez.

  • How many employees does Backstage Capital have?

    Backstage Capital has 33 employees.

  • Where is Backstage Capital headquarters?

    Backstage Capital headquarters is located at West Hollywood, CA, USA, West Hollywood.

  • Where are Backstage Capital offices?

    Backstage Capital has an office in West Hollywood.

  • How many offices does Backstage Capital have?

    Backstage Capital has 1 office.