Sam Yagan Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Status
  • Active
  • Professionals
  • 1
  • Investments
  • 25
  • Portfolio
  • 14
  • Exits
  • 11

Sam Yagan General Information


Sam Yagan, 43, is our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Yagan co-founded Corazon Capital in 2013. From 2016 to 2021, Mr. Yagan served as the Chief Executive Officer of ShopRunner, Inc., a multi-product e-commerce platform enabling millions of members to transact billions of dollars worth of gross merchandise value. In 2020, Mr. Yagan led the sale of ShopRunner to FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX). Prior to ShopRunner, Mr. Yagan served as the Vice-Chairman of Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH), a position he assumed in 2016 after leading the company as Chief Executive Officer through a period of explosive growth that culminated in its IPO in 2015. Mr. Yagan's prior entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer internet sector include SparkNotes, still the dominant brand of study guides, and MetaMachine, Inc., once the largest peer-to-peer file-sharing network in the world. Mr. Yagan sold SparkNotes to iTurf, Inc. and then to Barnes & Noble, Inc., where he served as Publisher and oversaw the expansion of the digitally-native brand into a multi-platform media business. Mr. Yagan also co-founded OkCupid in 2003, which he led as its CEO through its sale to Match Group in 2011. In 2009, Mr. Yagan co-founded Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago), a leading start-up accelerator, and served as its first Managing Director. Mr. Yagan sits on the board of several private companies, including The Duchossois Group, SpotHero, Brilliant Worldwide, and Grindr. He serves as Advisor at Monica + Andy. He previously served on the Digital Advisory Council at Target Corp (NYSE: TGT), the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board, and as an advisor to Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG). Mr. Yagan also sits on the boards of four non-profits: Start Early, Leaders in Tech, Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Fund Board, and Rush University Medical Center. Mr. Yagan has earned recognition on TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, Crain's Chicago Tech 50 and 40 Under 40, Billboard Magazine's 30 Under 30, and ranked #19 on Silicon Alley Insider's Most Inspiring and Influential People. Mr. Yagan holds a B.A. with honors in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, earning distinctions as a Siebel Scholar, an Arjay Miller Scholar, and the Henry Ford Scholar, the latter of which Stanford awards annually to each class's valedictorian. He also served as Advisor at Hyde Park Venture Partners.

Contact Information

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • Chicago, IL
  • United States

Sam Yagan Investments (25)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Fitplan 09-Sep-2019 Later Stage VC 00.00 Other Services (B2C Non-Financial) Generating Revenue 000 00000
00000 11-Sep-2018 00000 00000 000.00 Real Estate Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000 00000
00000000 08-Dec-2017 00000 00000 000.00 Automotive Generating Revenue 000 00000
0000000000 28-Aug-2017 00000 00000 000.00 Educational and Training Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000 00000
000000 27-Jun-2017 00000 00000 00.000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
000000000 19-Apr-2017 00000 00000 0000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 000 00000
0000000 07-Mar-2017 0000 00000 00.00 Specialty Retail Generating Revenue 000 00000
0000 0000000 06-Nov-2016 00000 (00000 Network Management Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
Betaout 19-Apr-2016 Seed Round 00.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
Pearachute 20-Jan-2016 Seed Round 00.00 Educational and Training Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000 00000
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Sam Yagan Exits (11)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Fitplan 13-Jan-2022 Merger/Acquisition
0000000 07-May-2020 000000000000000000 000.00
0000000 24-Oct-2018 000000000000000000
0000 0000 05-Feb-2016 000000000000000000 0000
00000000000 20-May-2015 000000000000000000
00000 05-Apr-2015 000000000000000000 00.00
000000 000000 10-Mar-2015 000000000000000000 0000
00000 23-Feb-2015 000000000000000000 00.00
PVPower 13-Feb-2014 Merger/Acquisition 00000
BabbaCo 22-Jan-2014 Merger/Acquisition
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Sam Yagan Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Sam Yagan Angel Investor 00 0 0 Chicago, IL
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Sam Yagan Co-Investors (23)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Corazon Capital 2 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Greycroft 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Lerer Hippeau Ventures 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
RRE Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Redpoint Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
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