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Sam Yagan


Mr. Sam Yagan serves as Chief Executive Officer at ShopRunner. He also serves as Advisor at P&G Ventures. He is a Co-Founder and serves as the Managing Partner at Corazon Capital. He also serves as advisor at Hyde Park Venture Partners. He alse served as a Vice Chairman at Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at He also serves as Entrepreneur Partner at Chicago Ventures. He is an Investor at Knock. Prior to that, he was the Co-Founder and served as the CEO for OkCupid. He has co-founded several companies, including SparkNotes, eDonkey, OkCupid, Techstars Chicago & Corazon Capital. He has been a leader in the dating industry since he co-founded OkCupid in 2003 and grew it into one of the most popular dating products in America, amassing over four million active users. OkCupid has earned widespread media acclaim and has been described as "the Google of online dating" and where "dating meets Facebook." In 2011, Match, Inc. acquired OkCupid for $90 million. His prior entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer internet sector include SparkNotes (founded in 1999), still the dominant brand of study guides and eDonkey (founded in 2002), once the largest P2P file-sharing network in the world. He sold SparkNotes to Barnes & Noble, Inc., where he served as Vice-President and Publisher and oversaw the expansion of the previously all-digital brand into an expansive multi-platform media business. Outside of work, his primary passion is working with early-stage entrepreneurs. In 2009, he co-founded Excelerate Labs (now TechStars Chicago), a leading start-up accelerator, and served as its first Chief Executive Officer. In 2014, he founded Corazon Capital, a small angel fund; he sits on the board of several start-ups, including ShiftGig, SpotHero, Roniin, & Brilliant. He also advises several venture capital funds, includin FireStarter Fund, which he co-founded. He serves on Target Corp's Digital Advisory Council and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board. He has been named to TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," Fortune Magazine's "40 Under 40," Crain's Chicago "40 Under 40", Billboard Magazine's "30 Under 30," Crain's "Tech 25," D Magazine's "Dallas 500" and ranked #19 on Silicon Alley Insider's "Most Inspiring and Influential People." He has received the Chicago Innovation Awards' "Visionary of the Year Award," IMSA's "Distinguished Leadership Award," and the DCIA's "Pioneer's Award." He has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and has spoken at the CATO Institute, Digital Hollywood, IRCE, the Federal Trade Commission, and numerous other industry events. He also served as Chief Executive Officer at IAC. He has a BA with honors in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he earned distinction as a Siebel Scholar, an Arjay Miller Scholar, and the Henry Ford Scholar, the award granted to each class's valedictorian. Mr. Yagan is a Member of FireStarter Fund.

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

Sam Yagan Investments (24)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Fitplan 09-Sep-2019 Early Stage VC 00.00 Application Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
00000000 08-Dec-2017 00000 00000 000 Application Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
0000000000 28-Aug-2017 00000 00000 000.00 Educational and Training Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000 00000
000000 (0000 00000 27-Jun-2017 00000 00000 00.000 Application Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
000000000 19-Apr-2017 00000 00000 0000 Database Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
00000 (0000 000000 19-Jan-2017 00000 00000 000.00 Real Estate Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000 00000
0000 0000000 06-Nov-2016 00000 (00000 Application Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
0000000 19-Apr-2016 0000 00000 00.00 Automation/Workflow Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
Pearachute 11-Feb-2016 Seed Round 00.00 Educational and Training Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000 00000
TradingView 16-Jul-2015 Early Stage VC 00.00 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
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Sam Yagan Exits (9)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Betaout 24-Oct-2018 Merger/Acquisition Completed
0000 0000 05-Feb-2016 000000000000000000 0000 Completed
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00000000000 20-May-2015 000000000000000000 Completed
  • 0000
00000 05-Apr-2015 000000000000000000 00.00 Completed
  • 000000 (0000 00000
000000 000000 10-Mar-2015 000000000000000000 0000 Completed
  • 0000000 00000000
00000 24-Feb-2015 000000000000000000 Completed
  • 000000
0000000 13-Feb-2014 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
  • 0000 000000
BabbaCo 22-Jan-2014 Merger/Acquisition Completed
  • Barefoot Books
AgLocal Bankruptcy: Liquidation Completed
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Sam Yagan Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
Sam Yagan Angel Investor 00 0 0 Chicago, IL