Olivier Manuel

Tech Builder & Co-Founder BlockOwn Inc.
BlockOwn Inc.


Olivier Manuel is co-founder of BlockOwn Inc and President of Rich Devices. He has led pioneering Business Incubation projects in FinTech, IoT, EdTech, PropTech, and Energy. At Samsung Electronics, he developed and launched Samsung’s US Smart TV business, growing it from an idea to a multi-billion dollar category. He was a member of the management team at Self Trade, a pan-European online brokerage platform (sold to DAB Bank), and wrote the business plan for Poweo, a French electricity retailer (sold to Verbund).

Mr. Manuel has advised numerous startup CEOs, founded the Harvard Club Innovation Roundtable, and served as an Operating Partner for the inaugural classes at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator. Products he incubated have won two “Best of CES” innovation awards, and he is the recipient of leadership awards from Samsung Electronics and Harvard University.

He has an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, a BA with Distinction from Harvard College, and is a Goldman Sachs alumnus. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.