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Sam Yagan

Vice Chairman
Sam Yagan currently serves as the Vice Chairman of Match Group and co-founder of OkCupid.

Sam 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 sites in America, amassing over four million active users. Sam’s prior entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer internet sector include SparkNotes (founded in 1999), and eDonkey (founded in 2002).

Outside of work, Sam’s primary passion is working with early-stage entrepreneurs. In 2009, he co-founded TechStars Chicago, a leading start-up accelerator, and served as its first Chief Executive Officer. In 2014, Sam 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, including Hyde Park Venture Partners and the FireStarter Fund, which he co-founded. He serves on Target Corp’s Digital Advisory Council and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board. Sam 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” in the entertainment industry, Crain’s “Tech 25,” Silicon Alley Insider’s SAI 100 and 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. Sam has a Bachelor’s 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.