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GAIM Ops West
October 28 - 30 2024
Omni La Costa Resort & SpaCarlsbad, CA

Aaron Samuels
Founder at Collide Capital and Co-Founder, Blavity & AfroTech


Aaron Samuels is Founder and Managing Partner of Collide Capital. Prior to Collide Capital, Aaron began his career as a spoken word artist before working at Bain & Co. as a strategy consultant and TeleSign as a Product Manager. Combining his love for storytelling, strategy, and technology, Aaron co-founded and served as COO at Blavity, the largest global Black Media company for Millennials and Gen-Z, and AfroTech, the largest Black Tech conference in the world.

Born and raised in Providence, RI to a Black & Jewish household, Aaron’s exposure to intersectional communities influenced him to share his experiences through writing and entrepreneurship. Aaron graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business as an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow. Aaron is a Forbes Under 30 list member, a Cave Canem fellow, and a nationally-acclaimed spoken word artist. His debut collection of poetry is titled, Yarmulkes and Fitted Caps.

Agenda Sessions

  • In conversation with an allocator, fund manager and portfolio company