Sam Yagan is CEO of Shoprunner. He also co-founded and served as CEO of OkCupid, one of the most popular dating sites in America, with over 7 million monthly unique visitors. OkCupid has been featured in the New York Times, Rachael Ray, Wired, and other influential media outlets. It has been called “the Google of online dating,” where “dating meets Facebook” and has matched up over a million couples, including the recent wedding of NPR correspondent Andrea Seabrook. OkCupid was recently acquired by Match.com, a subsidiary of IAC. At Match.com, Sam also oversees advertising sales through the Match Media Group and an internal research and development group.
Sam’s prior entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer internet sector include eDonkey, Inc. (founded in 2002), once the largest P2P file-sharing application in the world and SparkNotes (founded in 1999), the dominant brand of study guides. After selling SparkNotes to Barnes & Noble, he served as vice-president and publisher and oversaw the publication of over 200 titles. He is also co-founder and CEO of Excelerate Labs, a leading start-up accelerator, and a board member of several start-up companies.
Sam has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and has spoken at the CATO Institute, Digital Hollywood and the Federal Trade Commission; he was also named to Crain’s “40 Under 40” in Chicago, Billboard Magazine’s list of “Top 30 Executives Under 30” in the entertainment industry, Crain’s “Tech 25,” and Silicon Alley Insider’s SAI 100. Sam has a BA with honors in applied mathematics 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, an award granted to each class’s valedictorian.