Sam Yagan

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at OkCupid

Sam Yagan

Sam Yagan

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at OkCupid

Overview
Career Highlights

Metamachine, Inc.
ShopRunner, Inc.
Match.com LLC

RelSci Relationships

1686

Number of Boards

22

Birthday

1977

Age

42

Number of Awards

7

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Co-Founder & Managing Director at Corazon Group LLC

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Investor at SPOTHERO, INC.

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Chief Executive Officer at Sandbox Holdings LLC

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Adjunct Lecturer of Marketing Marketing at Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

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Associate at Lipton

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Co-Founder at OkCupid

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Co-Founder at OkCupid

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Co-Founder at Shiftgig, Inc.

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General Partner at Apex Venture Partners

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General Partner at Apex Venture Partners

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Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner at Impact Engine

Impact Engine invests in companies located in the US. The firm targets technology startup that improves education, health, economic empowerment and resource efficiency. The firm provides financing for early stage capital requirements.

Education
MBA, Valedictorian, Siebel Scholar, Arjay Miller Scholar & Henry Ford Scholar

The Stanford Graduate School of Business has built an international reputation based on its innovative programs, which include: Two-year MBA Program, designed to educate business leaders One-year Stanford Sloan Master’s Program for mid-career executives PhD Program for future academics Executive Education programs for experienced managers Faculty research program Academic programs, including the two-year MBA, the 12-month Sloan Master's Program, and the PhD program, create a transformational student experience that reflects the tagline: Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world. Today the state-of-the-art Knight Management Center complex enables Stanford's innovative, globalized MBA curriculum, offering flexible classroom spaces for hands-on experiential learning small-group leadership labs, and team-based learning. It engages faculty and students across Stanford University, as well as alumni, global executives, and the broader world community.

BA in Applied Mathematics & Economics with Honors

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

Memberships
Member
Current

FireStarter is an early stage investment fund focused on helping technology companies grow. We are a group of Chicago technology entrepreneurs who have come together to support the next generation of innovators. We all have direct experience founding, operating and investing in technology based businesses that leverage the developments of the past forty years. We owe a debt to the innovators who came before us and it is a debt we intend to repay by helping to fund promising new ideas and the entrepreneurs who have the passion and the drive to see their ideas become reality.

Career History
Vice President & General Manager
Prior

dELiA's Corp. markets casual apparels, accessories, soccer merchandise, Internet content, and community services to young men and women. Its products are available in super markets and other outlets. The company is located in New York, NY.

Vice President & Publisher
2001 - 2002

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), a Fortune 500 company, is the world’s largest bookseller and the nation’s highest-rated bookselling brand. The company is a leading content, commerce and technology company that provides customers easy and convenient access to books, magazines, newspapers and other content across its multi-channel distribution platform. As of October 27, 2012, the company operates 689 retail bookstores in regional shopping malls, major strip centers and freestanding locations in 50 states, and 674 college bookstores serving more than 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. We pioneered the concept of the book superstore, combining vast inventory selection in books, music, DVD and magazines with comfortable ambiance. Our cafés and local marketing programs have made our bookstores anchors in their communities and great places to spend leisure time. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com, one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than 3 million titles in its eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK® eReading product offering, customers can buy and read eBooks on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK eBook Readers, devices from partner companies, and hundreds of the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software. Through its Sterling Publishing subsidiary, the company publishes over 500 titles annually, under a variety of imprints including Sterling, Sterling Children’s Books and Barnes & Noble Classics

President
Prior
Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
2016 - Current

Match Group, Inc. engages in providing dating products. Its brands include: Match, Tinder, PlentyOfFish, Meetic, OkCupid, Pairs, Twoo, OurTime, BlackPeopleMeet, and LoveScout24. It operates through the following segments: Dating and Non-Dating. The Dating segment provides dating products. The Non-Dating segment offers a variety of education services including test preparation, academic tutoring, and college counseling services. The company was founded on February 12, 2009 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Chairman, Board of Directors
Current

Pearachute, Inc. is focused on helping parents and other caregivers find affordable and varied things to do with young children. The company was founded by Desiree Vargas Wrigley and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Director
Current

SpotHero, Inc. provides mobile applications and website that allows drivers to reserve parking spot. It allows drivers to locate and price discounted parking spots, as well as compare and reserve spots from the web and iPhones and android devices. The company was founded by Mark Lawrence, Jeremy Smith and Lawrence Kiss in 2011 and is headquartered Chicago, IL.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

Ounce of Prevention Fund is a non-profit organization, which provides care and education to children who were born in poverty. It offers childhood education, research, and program models that focus on the physical, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age of five. The company was founded by Irving B. Harris in 1982 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Director
Current

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs on their path to building high-growth, sustainable businesses that serve as platforms for economic development and civic leadership. Its flagship project, 1871, fulfills CEC’s vision of a central address for entrepreneurs in Chicago. CEC runs and operates the workspace, develops programming, organizes events and ensures that the culture of 1871 allows entrepreneurs the greatest opportunity for success.

Member-Management Board
Current

The Stanford Graduate School of Business has built an international reputation based on its innovative programs, which include: Two-year MBA Program, designed to educate business leaders One-year Stanford Sloan Master’s Program for mid-career executives PhD Program for future academics Executive Education programs for experienced managers Faculty research program Academic programs, including the two-year MBA, the 12-month Sloan Master's Program, and the PhD program, create a transformational student experience that reflects the tagline: Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world. Today the state-of-the-art Knight Management Center complex enables Stanford's innovative, globalized MBA curriculum, offering flexible classroom spaces for hands-on experiential learning small-group leadership labs, and team-based learning. It engages faculty and students across Stanford University, as well as alumni, global executives, and the broader world community.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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2013

To further math, science, & technology education through institutional advancement and support of programs of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

$10K - $25K
2013

To further math, science, & technology education through institutional advancement and support of programs of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

$100K - $250K
2012

To further math, science, & technology education through institutional advancement and support of programs of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

Political Donations
$250
2008

Former President of United States

$250
2007

Former President of United States

$500
2004

Former Representative from Utah's 3rd Congressional District

Transactions
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Kairos AR, Inc. raised money in a private placement transaction

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Firestarter Fund LLC raised money in a private placement transaction

Investments
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ThinkCERCA.com, Inc. operates a online platform that gives teachers the tools and content they need to create and deliver personalized critical thinking. It provides a common language for students, teachers, parents, and administrators to drive sustainable growth in student achievement. The company was founded by Eileen Murphy Buckley, Abby Ross and Ten Hung Chu in 2012 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Rocket Travel, Inc. provides online hotel booking services for travelers. The firm also provides reward points to its customers who regularly travel. The company was founded by Jay Hoffmann, Bjorn Larsen and Kris Helenek in 2012 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Bluecore, Inc. provides email marketing services for e-commerce companies. It creates trigger-based emails to capture or re-capture customers. The firm automatically keeps tabs on every single one of customer's products, inventory, and prices, so users can build powerful, dynamic trigger programs without ever uploading or integrating product data. The company was founded by Fayez Mohamood, Max Bennett and Mahmoud Arram in 2013 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Awards & Honors
2016
Crain's Chicago Business Magazine - Tech 50
2014
Crain's Chicago Business Magazine - Tech 50
2013
Crain's Chicago Business Magazine - Tech 50
Events
Speaker
311 West 34th Street-Manhattan, NY
2013 TechCrunch Disrupt (New York City)

Speaker
Aspen, CO, United States
2013 Fortune Brainstorm TECH

Fortune Brainstorm TECH is a marketplace of ideas that assembles the smartest people we know — the world’s top technology and media thinkers, operators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and influencers. These leaders inspire a conversation that informs Fortune’s editorial coverage throughout the year.

Speaker
Aspen Meadows Resort-Aspen, CO
2013 Fortune Brainstorm TECH

Fortune Brainstorm TECH is a marketplace of ideas that assembles the smartest people we know — the world’s top technology and media thinkers, operators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and influencers. These leaders inspire a conversation that informs Fortune’s editorial coverage throughout the year.

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