The Bootstrapped VC - A Backstage Capital Podcast

80 EpisodesProduced by Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital is venture investment fund that backs underrepresented tech startup founders. Since inception in September 2015, Backstage has deployed nearly $2m into 40+ startups around the U.S. that are led by women, POC, and LGBT founders. This podcast takes you behind the scenes to show you w… read more

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#ArlanWasHere Glow Up

March 20th, 2019

28:47

Hear about some exciting developments at Backstage directly from Arlan herself.

Introducing 0G - A new Podcast by Christie Pitts + Peter Rojas

February 23rd, 2019

27:07

Peter Rojas loves gadgets and made a career around sharing the stories behind the devices, including vintage mobile phones. Christie Pitts worked on the front lines of consumer device sales at Verizon. Today, they're …

#ArlanWasHere MoveTheDial Global Summit 2018 (with Bea Arthur, The Difference)

January 12th, 2019

21:19

Join a live fireside event that happened November 7, 2018. #MoveTheDial Global Summit in Toronto, Ontario in Canada, brought together incredible tech leaders and influencers dedicated to promoting the participation and …

O.school (feat. Andrea Barrica)

December 13th, 2018

21:57

Andrea Barrica shares the story of being raised in a religious, conservative, first-generation Filipino-American family that only taught abstinence …

Civic Eagle (feat. Damola Ogundipe)

November 14th, 2018

31:34

Greer interviews Headliner Damola Ogundipe, CEO + Co-founder of Civic Eagle, a political technology company that helps organizations win their policy …

#ArlanWasHere Vision 2018 Keynote

October 26th, 2018

1:02:56

Listen in on Arlan’s keynote talk from Vision 2018, the small business innovation symposium held October 19 in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s a charming, hilarious, and inspiring interview that reveals stories you’ve never …

#ArlanWasHere You're Still Here

September 25th, 2018

18:16

Listen in to another episode of Arlan's notes, an intimate conversation with you. Hear more about what the Fast Company cover means for representation, and how the good and bad things in life go on even while you …

Backstage Accelerator - Directors of Program Development (feat. Wayne Sutton + Melinda Epler)

September 25th, 2018

35:53

Get to know the Directors of Program Development for the recently announced Backstage Accelerator. Melinda Epler and Wayne Sutton have been helping underestimated founders for years through accelerators, conferences, …

Introducing Backstage Accelerator! (+ ArlanWasHere on the Cover of Fast Company)

September 15th, 2018

37:07

Arlan, Christie, and Bryan share more about the newly announced Backstage Accelerator! Why now was the right time? What will it be? Who’s running the programs? Who’s welcome to apply? Find out all the latest details …

Win Win (feat. Mike T. Brown)

August 31st, 2018

41:29

Greer chats with Headliner Mike T. Brown, Founder + CEO of Win Win, the only place where sports fans can compete in games to win epic experiences and amazing prizes from their favorite pro athletes, all while supporting …

Healthy Roots Dolls (feat. Yelitsa Jean-Charles)

July 27th, 2018

20:32

Here's an inspiring interview with the talented and driven Yelitsa Jean-Charles, Founder + CEO of Healthy Roots Dolls, a toy company that teaches …

#ArlanWasHere Bonus Feat. Treenie, Kim Kimble Studio

July 21st, 2018

17:18

In this fun bonus episode, Arlan chats with her LA-based, celebrity hair stylist, Treenie, who works at the renowned studio of Kim Kimble. Listen in as they chat about working with Mary J Blige, Tamar Braxton, Beyonce …

CurlMix (feat. Kim + Tim Lewis)

July 12th, 2018

24:59

Meet the co-founders of Backstage Capital Headliner CurlMix, Kim + Tim Lewis. CurlMix started as a DIY hair care products subscription box and …

#ArlanWasHere General Hospital Celeb Special!

July 4th, 2018

1:37:50

This incredibly special episode is the culmination of a liftime of training and preparation for Arlan Hamilton. By day she’s a venture capitalist, …

Maternity Tech - Part 3: Mahmee (feat. Melissa + Linda Hanna)

June 27th, 2018

36:06

This episode is the third and final in a special 3-part podcast mini-series about maternity technology.

In Part 3, Greer Engonga from the Backstage …

StartUp S7E6 Reaction

June 13th, 2018

44:03

Arlan and Backstage are the subject of Season 7 of Gimlet Media’s podcast StartUp. Fair warning: there will be spoilers for the episode discussed, so go listen to the episode before listening to the reaction! We’ll be …

StartUp S7E5 Reaction

June 2nd, 2018

1:01:51

Arlan and Backstage are the subject of Season 7 of Gimlet Media’s podcast StartUp. Fair warning: there will be spoilers for the episode discussed, so go listen to the episode before listening to the reaction! We’ll be …

StartUp S7E4 Reaction

May 26th, 2018

1:01:51

Arlan and Backstage are the subject of Season 7 of Gimlet Media’s podcast StartUp. Fair warning: there will be spoilers for the episode discussed, so go listen to the episode before listening to the reaction! We’ll be …

Maternity Tech - Part 2: Nicolette (feat. Phil Martie)

May 23rd, 2018

24:34

This episode is the second in a special 3-part podcast mini-series about maternity technology.

In Part 2, Greer Engonga from the Backstage Crew is …

#ArlanWasHere It's About Damn Time

May 18th, 2018

34:44

Arlan catches us up on the latest news at Backstage and shares more about the recently announced $36M fund to invest in startups led by Black women. We also hear a clip from the 'Techish' podcast where the hosts share …

Maternity Tech - Part 1: Carrot (feat. Tammy Sun)

May 15th, 2018

26:51

This episode is the first in a special 3-part podcast mini-series about maternity technology, fresh on the heels of Mother’s Day. 💐

In Part 1, Greer …

StartUp S7E3 Reaction

May 12th, 2018

44:57

Arlan and Backstage are the subject of Season 7 of Gimlet Media’s podcast StartUp. Fair warning: there will be spoilers for the episode discussed, so go listen to the episode before listening to the reaction! We’ll be …

StartUp S7E2 Reaction

May 5th, 2018

49:04

Arlan and Backstage are the subject of Season 7 of Gimlet Media's podcast StartUp. Fair warning: there will be spoilers for the episode discussed, so go listen to the episode before listening to the reaction! We'll be …

Startup S7E1 Reaction

April 28th, 2018

35:51

Arlan and Backstage are the subject of Season 7 of Gimlet Media's podcast StartUp. Fair warning: there will be spoilers for the episode discussed, so go listen to the episode before listening to the reaction! We'll be …

Sunhouse (feat. Tlacael, Tenoch + Tonantzin Esparza)

April 25th, 2018

44:34

Hear the story behind the exciting new music technology startup Sunhouse. Siblings Tlacael, Tenoch, and Tonantzin Esparza are the 3 LA-based, Latinx …

#ArlanWasHere Gimlet and Self Care

April 14th, 2018

21:53

Arlan shares her thoughts and feelings as we approach the April 27 release of Season 7 of StartUp, a Gimlet Media podcast featuring the story of …

Please Assist Me (feat. Stephanie Cummings + Seany Denson)

April 5th, 2018

19:53

Listen in to hear Co-founders Stephanie Cummings + Seany Denson of Please Assist Me, a Nashville-based startup offering apartment residents the most …

From Bootstrapped to $1.15B IPO - Therese Tucker of BlackLine

March 27th, 2018

41:02

Arlan interviews an amazing founder who took her enterprise SaaS business from bootstrapped to a $1.15B IPO, and personal financial freedom. Therese Tucker is the remarkable CEO of BlackLine, an 800-person company that …

Novoron Bioscience - Reversing Central Nervous System Disorders + Diseases (feat. Travis Stiles)

March 20th, 2018

28:40

Hear the story behind Backstage Capital Headliner Novoron Bioscience, a San Diego-based biotech company developing novel therapeutic approaches to address disorders of the central nervous system. Bryan and Chacho speak …

#SoundCheck Jamarlin Martin

March 14th, 2018

13:19

Here's a conversation Arlan recorded at SXSW with Jamarlin Martin, the founder and CEO of Nubai Ventures, which invests in leading entrepreneurs of …

The Touring VC goes to SXSW

March 7th, 2018

19:09

Arlan shares her latest thoughts after visiting the US and UK on a recent mini-tour sharing the mission and work of Backstage. Also, listen in to hear our plans for SXSW 2018 and where you can find us. Stay tuned for …

#BootstrappedVCTV @ArlanWasHere Meets @GaryVee

February 28th, 2018

13:31

In January, 2018, Arlan made an appearance at the ‘Live Your Legacy’ event hosted by VaynerMedia at Hero City at Draper University in San Mateo, CA. Arlan and VC Monique Woodard spoke with Sequoia Blodgett (blah-git) …

#ICYMI Hostfully + Orbirental Merger (feat. Margot Schmorak)

February 22nd, 2018

21:41

What happens behind the scenes in the merger of two fast-growing startups? Margot Schmorak, the Co-founder + CEO of Hostfully, shares the story about …

#QA Investing, From Portland to Africa

February 13th, 2018

19:12

Arlan answers your questions! Listen up as Arlan shares her thinking on raising funding outside of Silicon Valley, ideas for angel investors in smaller startup hubs, and how timing and focus are the main reasons for …

#SoundCheck Orlando Jones + Heather Hiles

February 7th, 2018

25:46

Arlan speaks with actor, comedian, and writer Orlando Jones at the Bay Area home of Heather Hiles, Deputy Director, Solutions for Postsecondary …

#ArlanWasHere Talking about NOT talking about diversity and inclusion

February 3rd, 2018

18:57

Arlan unpacks a recent tweet about dedicating her efforts in 2019 to doing vs talking when it comes to Diversity & Inclusion.

CES 2018 Recap

January 29th, 2018

35:18

Bryan chats with 5 Backstage Capital Headliners about their experience attending this year’s CES conference in Las Vegas.

Dawn Dickson, Founder + CEO of PopCom
Sabine Seymour, Founder + CEO of SUPA
Lisa Fetterman, Founder …

Bonus: Happy New Year 2018!

December 31st, 2017

2:24

In this bonus episode, Arlan and the Backstage Capital Crew wish you a happy and prosperous new year in 2018. Wish we could say we got it one take, …

Blockchain for Startups - Part 4: Smart Contracts (feat. Allison Clift-Jennings, Filament)

December 26th, 2017

33:51

This episode is the fourth in a special 4-part podcast mini-series about the transformative technology, blockchain, and how it can be used by …

Blockchain for Startups – Part 3: Distributed Ledgers (feat. Harold Hughes, Bandwagon)

December 18th, 2017

23:42

This episode is the third in a special 4-part podcast mini-series about the transformative technology, blockchain, and how it can be used by …

Blockchain for Startups – Part 2: ICOs (feat. Rachel Cook, Seeds)

December 12th, 2017

25:54

This episode is the second in a special 4-part podcast mini-series about the transformative technology, blockchain, and how it can be used by …

Blockchain for Startups - Part 1: Primer

December 4th, 2017

17:11

This episode is the first in a special 4-part podcast mini-series about the transformative technology, blockchain, and how it can be used by …

Bonus: Sip & Sonder

December 1st, 2017

28:00

In this Bonus episode, listen to Episode 6 of the Bootstrapped VC TV video show. This Week Arlan is touring around Southern California. First stop, …

12. "Fancy pants and glitter shoes"

November 21st, 2017

36:30

In this episode, Arlan and Christie talk about how to best approach Backstage Capital for funding and which founders are a good fit. Hear about some of Arlan's recent events, Backstage's investment in artist Kehlani's …

Bonus: Hustle & Dough - All Q&A episode

November 14th, 2017

14:01

In this all-Q&A bonus episode, Arlan answers questions from you, our listeners. How much revenue should I be generating before attempting to get …

Bonus: Towards Inclusive Tech 2017

November 7th, 2017

12:55

In this bonus episode, hear excerpts from Arlan and Christie’s appearance at Towards Inclusive Tech on the “Investing in Inclusion” panel. Recorded …

Mission & Values - S2E6. BeVisible – Andrea Guendelman

November 3rd, 2017

35:25

Andrea Guendelman, Co-founder + CEO of BeVisible, takes us inside the company culture of a startup driving change in the Latinx professional …

Arlan's Notes: "Write Your Own Headline!"

October 22nd, 2017

8:50

Arlan shares the simple and free, yet powerful, exercise of writing your own headlines, before they happen. This can help you strategize, consider …

Bonus: Cover Book - The Innovation Blind Spot (feat. Ross Baird of Village Capital)

October 7th, 2017

24:20

In this bonus episode, Arlan speaks with Ross Baird of Village Capital, author of the latest featured Cover book, 'The Innovation Blind Spot, Why We Back the Wrong Ideas―and What to Do About It'. Also, we're treated to …

11. "Chipper as Hell" (feat. Hadiyah Mujhid of HBCUvc)

October 4th, 2017

43:30

In this episode, Arlan and Christie compete in a high-stakes trivia game of Howdy Partner, and Arlan speaks with the founder of HBCUvc, a not-for-profit organization connecting and equipping the next generation of black …

Mission & Values - S2E5. Blendoor – Stephanie Lampkin

September 27th, 2017

27:59

Blendoor is a startup using technology to overcome the disadvantages of unconscious bias in hiring to help employers find the best candidates, …

Arlan's Notes: "There was a Sonic (Drive-in), so we weren't in the depths of Hell."

September 21st, 2017

27:34

Arlan shares insights about getting started, taking action, and motivating yourself to realize your goals and change the world.

Arlan’s segment of this bonus notes episode is a raw clip with very little editing of …

Arlan's Notes: Win When

September 12th, 2017

21:08

Arlan shares some thoughts following our interview with angel investor Jason Calacanis, and shares why Backstage Capital will gain outsized returns …

10. "Rogue one" (feat. Jason Calacanis)

September 7th, 2017

54:24

In this episode, Arlan and Christie speak to angel investor Jason Calacanis about his new book, "Angel". Listen in as they discuss what it’s like to record an Audible book (not in a bathtub), the difference between …

Mission & Values - S2E4. Astral AR - Leah LaSalla + Josè La Placa Amigò

September 2nd, 2017

33:52

Astral AR builds drones you can fly with your mind to save lives in dangerous situations. They’re also building a remarkably supportive and inclusive …

Bonus: Potpie Profitability - All Q&A episode

August 22nd, 2017

25:50

In this all-Q&A bonus episode, Arlan answers questions from you, our listeners. What do VCs really mean when they say you’re “too early”? LA vs. the Bay Area? How does Backstage Capital work with Headliners? …

9. "Honey & Milk" (feat. Brett deMarrais of Ludlow Ventures)

August 15th, 2017

34:11

In this episode, Arlan shares an impromptu interview recorded on her iPhone with Brett deMarrais, Partner at Detroit-based Ludlow Ventures. Listen in as they discuss the challenges of scaling a pre-seed/seed-stage …

Arlan's Notes: Milestones and Miss Elainius

August 8th, 2017

35:42

Arlan shares some big Backstage Capital milestones, looks toward the future, and along the way, goes on many, many tangents.

Arlan's segment of this bonus notes episode is a raw clip with very little editing of …

8. “Let’s Get Political (and also Physical)!” (feat. Carlota Perez)

July 26th, 2017

26:58

In this episode, Arlan catches us up on her recent European travel adventures and shares an impromptu interview recorded in the lush hills of France …

S2E3. Seed&Spark - Emily Best

July 11th, 2017

39:22

Emily Best, Co-Founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, leads a company culture where you don’t check your humanity at the door and women’s bodies aren’t …

Arlan's Notes: LPs and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

July 3rd, 2017

16:59

Arlan discusses her optimism about what's next in venture capital, while giving her opinion of how LPs can still "save the day" when it comes to …

7. Part 2 - "Privilege, Pine nuts, and Paparazzi" (feat. Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis)

June 20th, 2017

23:18

In this conclusion of a 2-part episode, we learn more about Backstage Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis, fall deep into the dark, yet lovable world of General Hospital, and are treated to Arlan's …

7. Part 1 - "Privilege, Pine nuts, and Paparazzi" (feat. Chacho Valadez)

June 19th, 2017

30:37

In this first of a 2-part episode, we learn more about the newest addition to the Backstage Crew, Chacho Valadez, and test Arlan's wit and grit in a …

Arlan's Notes: Building a venture fund 101

June 16th, 2017

24:44

Arlan shares some free insights from her Clarity.fm calls, including some of the fundamentals and terms you should know if you're thinking about …

Arlan's Notes: LGBTQ founders!

June 13th, 2017

11:55

Arlan discusses her intent to fund more LGBTQ-founded startups, her adoration of Lesbians Who Tech, and Pride month.

These bonus notes are raw clips with no editing of spontaneous thoughts from Arlan – an intimate, "fly …

Arlan's Notes: Sharing your voice with the world

June 11th, 2017

20:52

Arlan gives her thoughts on inspiring others with your thoughts and your journey via blogging, vlogging, and podcasting.

Please note there were some …

Mission & Values - S2E2. CareAcademy - Helen Adeosun

June 11th, 2017

25:37

Helen Adeosun, Co-Founder and CEO of CareAcademy, shares the story behind the mission of a startup setting the standard in education for caregivers.

6. "Was Wanya in One Direction?"

May 3rd, 2017

33:27

In this episode, you’ll learn tons of helpful stuff like how VCs get paid, what businesses are a good fit for VC, and important advice for founders …

Mission & Values - S2E1. Kairos - Brian Brackeen

April 28th, 2017

30:59

Brian Brackeen, Founder and CEO of Kairos, shares about how technology can help us better understand humanity, the startup scene in Miami, and the …

Bonus: SXSW (part 2)

April 21st, 2017

31:17

In this bonus episode you'll hear some extended interviews from our time at SXSW 2017 in Austin, TX, with Backstage Headliners, our portfolio …

Arlan's Notes: Entrepreneurship is messy, and that's OK!

April 17th, 2017

12:52

Arlan gives her thoughts on the daily nuances and imperfections of entrepreneurship, how she handles the bigger challenges at Backstage, and how self-care can make you a better founder.

These bonus notes are raw clips …

5. "Picture it...Sicily...1989"

April 5th, 2017

25:35

In this episode, we test Arlan’s encyclopedic knowledge of General Hospital, dive into her childhood entrepreneurial stirrings, and discover how she found her place in the tech world.

Watch Janine’s “Don’t Love Me” video!

Bonus: Exciting news! Backstage has acquired the Mission & Values podcast!

April 3rd, 2017

5:47

This bonus episode is from the Mission & Values podcast hosted by our Producer, Bryan Landers.

Listen in to hear Arlan and Bryan share how Backstage and Mission & Values are joining forces to feature exceptional …

Arlan's Notes: An easy email hack to getting investment

March 26th, 2017

13:16

Directed at anyone who is thinking about (or currently) raising money for their startup, Arlan shares how your email habits can help you hack your way to an investment.

These bonus notes are raw clips with no editing of …

4. "It was like a No Air! Bnb" (Arlan's fireside chat at the Black & Brown Founders Conference)

March 25th, 2017

22:14

In this episode, join Arlan at a fireside chat live from the Black & Brown Founders conference in San Francisco, March 20, 2017.

https://blackandbrownfounders.com/

Aniyia Williams, CEO of Tinsel

3. "The BBQ flavored Backstage Capital Podcast" (live from SXSW)

March 19th, 2017

26:46

In this episode, join Arlan, our Crew, several of our Headliners (Backstage portfolio founders), and some other awesome folks at an invite-only event …

2. "An intense mullet" (feat. Ryan Hoover)

March 10th, 2017

28:05

In this episode Arlan speaks with Ryan Hoover, Founder and CEO of Product Hunt, shares the story behind the new podcast title, and offers fist bumps and temporary tattoos to everyone at SXSW.

Crew Cameos:
Dianne Cherrez

Arlan's Notes: What do I look for in a founder?

March 6th, 2017

22:00

Arlan shares what she looks for in founder, who should be seeking outside capital, and more.

These bonus notes are raw clips with no editing of …

1. Bryan is Caucasian, in case you haven't caught on

March 1st, 2017

30:12

In this episode we hear our new theme song, learn from Q&A’s with Arlan, discover Arlan’s mom is brilliant and talented, and field a very surprising founder pitch from Twitter.

Crew Cameos:
Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis

Preview

February 18th, 2017

5:23

Welcome to a preview of the new Backstage podcast! Listen in to find out what to expect on future episodes. A production of Green Room, showing a behind-the-scenes view of Backstage Capital.

Credits:
Host + Executive …

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