Sam Yagan Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Professionals
  • 1


  • Investments
  • 26

  • Portfolio
  • 12

  • Exits
  • 14


Sam Yagan General Information


Mr. Sam Yagan served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Corazon Capital V838 Monoceros. He serves as a Board Member and advisor at StoicLane. He serves as a Board Member at Songfinch. He serves as Chairman Of The Board at SpotHero. He serves as a Board Member at Pearachute. He co-founded Corazon Capital in 2013. He served as a Board Member at Builders VC. He served as an Advisor at Hyde Park Venture Partners. From 2016 to 2021, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of ShopRunner, a multi-product e-commerce platform enabling millions of members to transact billions of dollars worth of gross merchandise value. In 2020, he also served as a chief operating officer at the Matchett Group. He led the sale of ShopRunner to FedEx (NYSE: FDX). Prior to ShopRunner, he 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. His prior entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer internet sector include SparkNotes, still the dominant brand of study guides, and MetaMachine, once the largest peer-to-peer file-sharing network in the world. He sold SparkNotes to Turf, and then to Barnes & Noble. He also co-founded OkCupid in 2003, which he led as its CEO through its sale to Match Group in 2011. In 2009, he co-founded Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago), a start-up accelerator, and served as its first Managing Director. He sits on the board of several private companies, including The Duchossois Group, Brilliant Worldwide, and Grindr. He serves as an Advisor at Monica + Andy. He previously served on the Digital Advisory Council at Target (NYSE: TGT), the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board, and as an advisor to Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG). He 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. He 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. He 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.

Business Details

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

Sam Yagan Investments (26)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
GameTree 04-Dec-2023 Seed Round 00.00 Entertainment Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
Fitplan 09-Sep-2019 00000 00000 00.00 Other Services (B2C Non-Financial) Generating Revenue 000 00000
Knock (Real Estate Services (B2C)) 04-Dec-2018 00000 00000 000.00 Real Estate Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000 00000
SpotHero 08-Dec-2017 00000 00000 000.00 Automotive Generating Revenue 000 00000
ThinkCERCA 28-Aug-2017 00000 00000 000.00 Educational and Training Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000 00000
Kairos AR 27-Jun-2017 00000 00000 00.000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
SafeGraph 19-Apr-2017 00000 00000 0000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 000 00000
Roomify 07-Mar-2017 00000 00000 00.00 Specialty Retail Generating Revenue 000 00000
Hala Systems 06-Nov-2016 Angel (individual) Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000 00000
Betaout 19-Apr-2016 Later Stage VC 00.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000 00000

Sam Yagan Exits (14)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Pearachute 28-Oct-2022 Out of Business
Fitplan 13-Jan-2022 000000000000000000
Keybase 07-May-2020 000000000000000000 000.00
Shiftgig 18-Apr-2019 000000000000000000
Betaout 10-Jul-2018 000000000000000000
Rise Labs 05-Feb-2016 000000000000000000 0000
LiveMinutes 20-May-2015 000000000000000000
IMRSV 05-Apr-2015 000000000000000000 00.00
Rocket Travel 10-Mar-2015 Merger/Acquisition 0000
Authy 23-Feb-2015 Merger/Acquisition 00.00

Sam Yagan Investments by Industry, Year, and Region

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Sam Yagan Team (1)

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

Sam Yagan Co-Investors (11)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Collister Johnson 1 0 Series chart Industry bar
Corazon Capital 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Expert DOJO 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Goodwater Capital 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Overwolf 0 0 Series chart Industry bar

Sam Yagan FAQs

  • Who is Sam Yagan?

    Sam Yagan is an angel Investor who has made 26 investments.

  • What kind of investor is Sam Yagan?

    Sam Yagan is an angel investor.

  • What does Sam Yagan do?

    As an angel investor, Sam Yagan invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • How many board seats does Sam Yagan hold?

    Sam Yagan holds a board seat in Pearachute.

  • What has Sam Yagan invested in?

    Sam Yagan has made numerous investments in companies like GameTree, Fitplan, and Knock (Real Estate Services (B2C)) within the Entertainment Software, Services (B2C Non-Financial), and Real Estate Services (B2C) industries.

  • What has Sam Yagan invested in recently?

    Sam Yagan's latest investment was on 04-Dec-2023 in GameTree, a company within the Entertainment Software industry.

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