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It's About Damn Time

How to Turn Being Underestimated into Your Greatest Advantage
Narrated by: Arlan Hamilton
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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From a black, gay woman who broke into the boys' club of Silicon Valley comes an empowering guide to finding your voice, working your way into any room you want to be in and achieving your own dreams.

In 2015, Arlan Hamilton was on food stamps and sleeping on the floor of the San Francisco airport, with nothing but an old laptop and a dream of breaking into the venture capital business. She couldn't understand why people starting companies all looked the same (white and male) and she wanted the chance to invest in the ideas and people who didn't conform to this image of how a founder is supposed to look. Hamilton had no contacts or network in Silicon Valley, no background in finance - not even a college degree. What she did have was fierce determination and the will to succeed.

As much as we wish it weren't so, we still live in a world where being underrepresented often means being underestimated. But as someone who makes her living investing in high-potential founders who also happen to be female, LGBTQ, or people of colour, Hamilton understands that being undervalued simply means that a big upside exists. Because even if you have to work twice as hard to get to the starting line, she says, once you are on a level playing field, you will sprint ahead. 

Despite what society would have you believe, Hamilton argues, a privileged background, an influential network and a fancy college degree are not prerequisites for success. Here she shares the hard-won wisdom she's picked up on her remarkable journey from food-stamp recipient to venture capitalist, with lessons like 'The Best Music Comes from the Worst Breakups', 'Let Someone Shorter Stand in Front of You', 'The Dangers of Hustle Porn', and 'Don't Let Anyone Drink Your Diet Coke'. Along the way, she inspires us all to defy other people's expectations and to become the role models we've been looking for.

©2020 Arlan Hamilton (P)2020 Penguin Random House Audio

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"If you want to feel inspired, read this now." (Jameela Jamil, actress, model and writer)  

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  • Helen Wakefield
  • 13-09-2020

Engaging and inspiring

Not only is the book well written and engaging, but Arlan Hamilton's story is testament to what can be achieved through hard work, a balanced outlook and belief in yourself. You don't have to be a budding entrepreneur to enjoy this book, it was an inspiring and interesting read.

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  • Pamski
  • 30-07-2020

So bloody great!

Arlan. What. A. Woman. Inspiring, packed full of value and so easy and enjoyable to listen to. I’m not black, or queer, but as a woman this book blew my mind and was so relatable. Essential read/listen for all women everywhere! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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  • YL
  • 27-05-2020

Game changer

Not only is this book inspiring, authentic and vulnerable. Arlan goes further, by giving you practical tools and resources to help you in your startup or VC journey, from podcasts, to books, to online blogs and resources. Thank you Arlan for using your story to give us a voice!