LA Venture Podcast


Aaron Samuels — Collide Capital

May 17, 2023


Aaron Samuels tells us about investing in intersectional founders, he explains what identity saliency is to Minnie and he shares how he and Brian Hollins were able to parlay their scout investing into $66M Collide Fund I.

Full transcript

Today I am in person with Aaron Samuels in Venice. Aaron is the founder and managing partner of Collide Capital, a new $66M Fund I. He is also the founder and COO of Blavity, a publication that reaches over a hundred million people a month. He's a nationally recognized spoken word artist, author, Forbes 30 under 30, and one of the guests that I had to pursue the hardest to come on this podcast.

No, no, no, no. I wanted to be here from the very beginning. Well, I got to, you know, build the anticipation. Anyhow, thanks for coming over today. Thanks for having me. I'm, I'm really excited about this. I've been looking forward to this for a while.

So Collide Capital, we are a $66M seed stage venture fund focused on backing intersectional founders. We primarily look at three main buckets. We look at enterprise SaaS, we look at the regenerative economy, and we look at Gen Z.
And this is fund one for you guys. Congratulations.