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Samaar HaiderSamaar Haider

Samaar Haider

Director of M&A
New York City


I work to identify, evaluate, and acquire the best independent online communities. Prior to Sylva, I worked in late-stage venture capital and growth equity and also had stints in traditional private equity and investment banking.

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M&A, community landscape, financial modeling, business analytics

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