Gerald Black Appointed Partner at Black Ops, Launches ‘Black Ops Catalyst’, a New Community For Entry And Mid-Level Operators

February 29, 2024
3 min read

In a move to strengthen its leadership team and extend its impact across Africa's tech landscape, Black Ops, an invitation-only community built exclusively for top operators with experiences in venture backed startups, proudly announces the appointment of Gerald Black as a Partner.

Gerald Black is an award-winning tech ecosystem builder known for his leadership in the African tech ecosystem. With a background in computer engineering and a strong entrepreneurial spirit with over 11 years experience as a founder and operator, Gerald has first hand experience with the challenges of building startups and the importance of communities to support operators. Beyond work, Gerald is committed to mentorship, education, and service, believing in the positive impact of technology on communities.

Prior to this appointment, Gerald recently served as the Community Manager of Black Ops for over a year. He is uniquely poised to lead the charge as Black Ops embarks on its exciting next chapter.

Black Ops is dedicated to supporting the collective journey of African operators as they play a critical role in building and scaling impactful companies. With this commitment to fostering collaboration, innovation, and knowledge-sharing, Black Ops has emerged as a trusted community for experienced professionals in venture-backed startups across the continent.

Black Ops Catalyst

The growth of Africa's tech ecosystem requires a continuous bench of quality operators who understand how to build and scale ventures, and Black Ops Catalyst was conceived to bridge the gap between emerging operators and seasoned operators.

In his new role, Gerald will be spearheading the launch of a new initiative - Black Ops Catalyst. Building on the reputation of the Black Ops operator community, Catalyst is specifically tailored for entry and mid-level operators, providing a collaborative platform for learning, resources, and networking to fuel the growth of emerging operators.

According to Seni Sulyman, Founder of Black Ops, “bringing Gerald on board as a Partner and launching Black Ops Catalyst is essentially adding a new chapter to our story. Gerald's journey resonates with our values, and his commitment to supporting operators complements our vision. I’m excited about the impact Catalyst will have on the journey of emerging operators.”

Black Ops Catalyst is not just a community; it's a catalyst for growth and success. The early stages of one's career can be daunting, and mid-level professionals often face unique challenges as they strive to ascend the ranks. Catalyst provides a strong network and support system designed to empower its members through:

Learning Resources: Tailored workshops, webinars, and educational materials designed to equip members with the latest skills and knowledge essential to thrive in the ever-evolving tech industry.

Mentorship Programs: Personalized guidance from industry veterans, leveraging Gerald Black's extensive network to connect emerging talents with seasoned professionals who have successfully navigated similar career paths.

Networking Opportunities: Exclusive events, forums, and social gatherings fostering meaningful connections among like-minded peers, potential collaborators, and industry leaders.

Resource Hub: A centralized platform offering job opportunities, industry insights, and expert advice to empower members in making informed career decisions.

Gerald added, "Becoming a Partner at Black Ops is a commitment to more work and greater responsibility. My passion for ecosystem building aligns with Black Ops' values and I'm thrilled to be part of the community's expansion and dedicated to supporting both experienced and emerging tech operators across Africa."

Join Black Ops in Shaping the Future of Operators

You can Apply to become a Black Ops Catalyst member here or support the work we do by becoming a sponsor or partner here and become an integral part of a community committed to empowering operators who play a crucial role in advancing the vision of founders and venture builders across the African tech ecosystem. Together, let's shape a future where our collective strength propels us to new heights.

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