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Rai Benjamin on Being a Business, Brand, and Olympian

Rai Benjamin is an American professional hurdler and sprinter, specializing in the 400 m and 400 m hurdles. He is the second fastest man in history in the 400 m hurdles. At his first Olympic games in 2021, he won a silver medal. At the 2019 World Championships, he won silver in the men’s 400 m hurdles and a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay.

Rai discusses his journey to becoming one of the fastest people alive, the sacrifices athletes make, balancing an athletic career & personal life, representing himself as a business, his eating habits on and off-season, his future endeavors, and advice to anyone who wants to become an athlete.

About the Host

Tanya Sam

Tech savvy businesswoman Tanya Sam is the Director of Partnerships at TechSquare Labs, a technology startup hub and venture capital fund. Since 2016, TechSquare Labs has invested in over 30 companies and those companies have raised over $300 million dollars in venture capital and generated over $100 million dollars in revenue.

She is passionate about creating pathways to bring more women and minorities into business and technology.

Learn more about Tanya.