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The Bootstrapped VC - A Backstage Capital Podcast


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 youRead more

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#ArlanWasHere Glow Up

Mar 20 • 28:47

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

Feb 23 • 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 both VCs investing in startups – Peter at Betaworks, and Christie at Backstage Capital. But, while they look toward the future of technology, they can't refra...

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

Jan 12 • 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 leadership of all women in tech.

Listen in as Bea Arthur, Founder + CEO at Backstage Headliner The Difference and a Host + Contributor at Forbes, speaks with... (feat. Andrea Barrica)

Dec 13 • 21:57
Andrea Barrica shares the story of being raised in a religious, conservative, first-generation Filipino-American family that only taught abstinence to becoming the CEO + Founder of, a non-judgmental source for information on sexuality and dating through medically-accurate videos, articles, and live streams. Greer and Andrea discuss raising venture capital for a Se...

Civic Eagle (feat. Damola Ogundipe)

Nov 14 • 31:34
Greer interviews Headliner Damola Ogundipe, CEO + Co-founder of Civic Eagle, a political technology company that helps organizations win their policy campaigns with a SaaS platform that’s powered by artificial intelligence — legislative intelligence made simple.

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Executive Producer: Arlan Hamilton
Host: Greer En...

#ArlanWasHere Vision 2018 Keynote

Oct 26 • 01:02:56
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 heard from Arlan’s past — a candid conversation with Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, Director + Lead of the Bioscience Entrepreneurial & Workforce Inclusion Initia...

#ArlanWasHere You're Still Here

Sep 25 • 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 experience achievements and accolades. Join Arlan as she seeks to shift things to their core, break ground, and make change.

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

Sep 25 • 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, and corporate consulting. Learn more about their amazing career paths as well as their advice to founders interested in applying to Backstage Accelerator.


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

Sep 15 • 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 about Accelerator.

Also, hear Arlan’s reaction to being featured on the October 2018 cover of Fast Company magazine.

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Win Win (feat. Mike T. Brown)

Aug 31 • 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 charitable initiatives.

Also, learn more about Backstage Crew member Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis.

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