Hyper Curious

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Summary

What throws two fingers up at the establishment more than an LGBTQ, black, woman investor? Meet Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital. 5 years ago, Arlan started a VC fund while homeless. Today, her $10m fund has invested in over 130 startups led by underrepresented founders.

Key takeaways:
Her secret to bravery is a tolerance for risk
How to filter knowledge and advice
Why struggling is normal
How to turn being weird into your power
How to define the impact you want to make

Show Notes

What throws two fingers up at the establishment more than an LGBTQ, black, woman investor? Meet Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital. Arlan’s a catalyst and a powerful soul seeking to make not just waves, but actual change in a very male dominated industry. 

Just 5 years ago, Arlan started a venture capital fund in the US while homeless. Today, her $10m boutique venture fund has invested in over 130 startups led by high potential, underrepresented, underestimated founders who are people of colour, women and/or LGBTQ.

“For 35 years I had a lot of housing insecurity and a lot of financial issues. And then one day I decided I'm going to do something a little different. And that's where we are today.”

In this incredibly honest and transparent episode, Arlan talks about her newly released book - It’s About Damn Time, how to build a strong sense of self and the difference between a dream and a calling, as well as why she advocates for being weird. But most importantly, she reveals why an audience of one needs to be enough for all of us. 

“Being weird is absolutely the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I would not have any of the things that I have today, except for family, which is wonderful, had I not been weird.”

On today’s podcast:
  • Why Arlan’s secret to bravery is a tolerance for risk
  • How to filter available knowledge and advice
  • Learn to understand and follow your instinct
  • Why struggling is normal
  • How to turn being weird into your power
  • How to define the impact you want to make

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What is Hyper Curious?

For the change-makers, explorers and entrepreneurs by heart or practice, Hyper Curious podcast is a celebration of what’s best in human beings: OUR CURIOSITY.

Get ready to change your perception of what it means to be an 'overnight success'. Here you will listen to the most intriguing U-turns and A-ha moments of our guests, and how embracing changes (rather than fearing it) keeps them curious and evolving.

Your host is Beta Lucca, a successful BAFTA-winning entrepreneur and Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech who has failed, succeeded, and built a multimillion-dollar gaming business. Beta brings her upbeat energy, bold attitude and multipotentialite mindset to interview your favourite authors, poets, philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, founders and artists.

If you don’t know them already, you definitely will now!

Listening to these incredible human beings is the perfect start of your day. One that will provoke you to think differently, laterally, upside down, and offer you new fresh perspectives to help you act boldly. You’ll finish each episode feeling energised, inspired and empowered to reinvent your world and reinvent yourself.

For more information, visit http://hypercurious.fm