Invest with Arlan Hamilton
$112K ($1K)
Typical Investments
5
Expected Deals/Year
9
Unique LPs have invested
Note from Arlan Hamilton

I believe that there is a unique opportunity to fund high-potential companies led by underrepresented founders. Diversity has proven to be lucrative, yet traditional VC pattern-matching is leaving billions of unrealized returns on the table.

I have a competitive advantage in my ability to recognize unique opportunities and patterns that traditional investors won’t always understand or relate to. My niche positioning allows me to attract distinct investment opportunities that I've already been sharing with top investors for years, and am excited to share with a larger pool today.

An AngelList syndicate allows me share the best deals with more people at lower individual investment amounts. You can invest as little as $1,000 or as much as $100,000 per deal, and get ownership in some really interesting companies within a few minutes. My team of advisors and analysts and I handle deal sourcing, due diligence, and management of the portfolio while AngelList handles most of the back office stuff that eats up time and resources. This leaves syndicate backers with a curated list of companies to back and more time to make decisions and actually enjoy the process of investing without all of the excess work normally associated.

Some things to note (especially to those who are new to Angel List)…

-investing is RISKY. Period. There's no way to avoid it. Please only invest if you're comfortable losing your investment completely.

-If there are returns, generally they can take years to manifest. Invest only if you're comfortable with this type of illiquidity.

-Expect to see some information regarding metrics, team, projections, etc. But in most cases there will not be a ton of deep dive info available for syndicate backers. Founders will usually be willing and excited to answer your questions on AngelList for the designated investing period, but you will not be able to see confidential documents and the syndicate will have limited information rights.

-I would suggest spreading your investments thinly over several companies to build a portfolio, rather than putting a ton in one or two companies that you like. So for example if you have $25k that you want to invest over the next 2 years, putting $1k or $2k into 10-15 deals whether through my syndicate, someone else's, or offline--in my opinion--is "safer" than putting $25k into one. Diversify, diversify, diversify:) *It's still risky even if you diversify!

If it's so risky, why invest?

-It's fun & educational. If you're not having fun and/or learning, what's the point? If you're stressed out about investing in tech, I'd say watch from the sidelines for a while and only join in when it makes sense for you individually.

-It's impactful. You want to see a certain product, service, or technology reach the mainstream. You're enabling the enablers. You're fueling a new generation of innovation. It can be highly rewarding and exciting to watch a startup grow and a founder's vision realized.

-You could make some dough. Investing is super risky, but it can also be lucrative if the stars align. So there is that chance. And you could perhaps use that money to fund more innovation. That's exciting to some people.

-You like showing off your AngelList portfolio. Hey, I'm not judging…it's YOUR money! :)

None of the syndicate money goes to me, and I’m investing alongside the syndicate. Here’s how it works:

  • I see pitches from dozens of companies every month,
  • A company that is raising capital has a product, team, traction, and valuation that fits my thesis and investment strategy and really stands out, so I decide to invest in the round,
  • The founders like me too, so together we decide on an amount that my syndicate would be able to invest (for example, they’re raising $1,000,000 total, and give me space to invest up to $200,000 of that),
  • Through my fund, Backstage Capital, I put in a significant portion of that allocation, and invite my syndicate members to put in what they’d like as well, on an individual basis, with as little as a $1,000 investment each

If you’re considering joining my syndicate, I suggest taking a look at angel.co’s FAQ’s for some really great clarifying info: https://angel.co/help/syndicates

Ebony.com article published on Dec 9th, 2015:

http://www.ebony.com/life/the-upload-the-abcs-of-venture-capitalism-111#axzz3trCzsSfc

My original Medium post announcement:
https://medium.com/female-founders/i-want-to-invest-in-startups-with-underrepresented-founders-f9694692f16e

HuffPo article published on Friday, Sept 18th, 2015:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arlan-hamilton-investing_55fc0a92e4b00310edf69c0a

Dealflow

I have a robust channel of exciting deal flow. I've seen and spoken with nearly 2,000 companies since 2012, and currently review dozens of companies per month with my team at Backstage Capital

I'll be syndicating as many of the top deals I invest in as possible. In most cases syndicate deals and their information will only be available to those who are syndicate backers, so sign up today for access!

Team
Arlan Hamilton
Managing Director
Emerging venture capitalist. Live music tour manager. "Modern L Word" creator. General Hospital fan.
Investments
Private investments may not be included yet.
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LPs
Susan Kimberlin
Product Manager
Built the Salesforce search team; Worked at @PayPal, @Salesforce; BoD President of about-face.org; Studied at University of California, San Diego
Bradley Horowitz
Angel
VP Product at @Google
Hampus Jakobsson
Angel
Deep tech angel investor. Venture Partner at @BlueYard Capital. Prev: Founder @TAT (acquired by RIM served 2 years as head of M&A EMEA) and @Brisk.io. M.Sc.CS.
Can help with
“Modern SaaS sales metods, Team composition, User Experience and Onboarding, Product communication. ”
Ryan Floyd
VC
Managing Director @stormventures Investor in @Splashtop @Swiftstack @Metacloud @Guidespark @digitalshadows @Appcelerator @HubPages @AtScale
James Joaquin
Entrepreneur
Co-founder of Obvious Ventures. #worldpositive investor. Former CEO of @Ofoto, @Xoom, and Xmarks. Co-founder of @When.com. CS @ Brown U.
Armando Biondi
Entrepreneur
Cofounder @AdEspresso, acquired by @Hootsuite in Feb 2017. Investor in 60 startups + @AngelList Lead. Guest Contributor, former Radio Speaker, proud #500strong
Nicola Junior Vitto
Head Of Product
Love: Internet, Startups, Tech, Crypto, Finance, Lean Products, Wine&Food, Sport. CTO @ShopFully Founded @Blomming Formerly @Yoox @Expedia @Ubiquitytlc
Can help with
“Help recruiting tech and product people, test the business models ideas for SaaS and e-commerce startups, tech architectures for large scale products, UX/UI,...more
Lars Rasmussen
Angel
Cofounder @Weav Music. Former e-dir @Facebook. Cofounder @Where 2 Tech -- sold to @Google to make Google Maps. Started Google Wave.
References
 
Arlan Hamilton is a powerhouse with incredible vision and integrity. Authentic, ambitious and dedicated to her beliefs and causes- she's just the person to bring this much needed venture to life. I'm grateful and excited to onboard her project and look forward to watching it unfold and...more
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