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Sam Yagan is co-founder and CEO of OkCupid.com, the fastest-growing free online dating service. Yagan was previously co-founder and CEO of TheSpark.com, maker of SparkNotes, and president of MetaMachine, which developed P2P file-sharing application eDonkey. He has also been vice president and general manager at Delias, and vice-president and publisher at Barnes & Noble.

The son of Syrian immigrants, Al and Dr. Haifi Yagan,Sam was instilled with an entrepreneur trait at a young age. Growing up in Bourbonnais, Illinois Yagan’s academic prowess led him to the prestigious Illinois Math and Science Academy and eventually Harvard University. Yagan holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Mathematics and Economic from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

In 1999 during his senior year at Harvard, Yagan and two of his classmates, Chris Coyne and Max Krohn, started the online study guide SparkNotes.[6] Christian Rudder joined shortly after the founding. A year later they sold the company to Barnes and Nobles for $30 million.

By age 25 Yagan was the president of eDonkey (founded in 2002), a P2P file-sharing network. As the developer of eDonkey, Yagan testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing a need for balance between innovation and intellectual property.

In 2003 Yagan again teamed up with his Harvard classmates, Chris Coyne and Max Krohn and founded OkCupid.

In 2009 Yagan and Troy Henikoff founded Excelerate Labs, a 13-week start-up accelerator.

In 2011 Yagan sold his dating website to IAC and in 2012 Yagan became the CEO of Match.com (a subsidiary of IAC).

In April 2013 Yagan was he was as one of TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’.

In 2011 Yagan was named to Crain’s 40 under 40” in Chicago.

Sam Yagan is married to his high school sweetheart, Jessica Droste Yagan.

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Sam Yagan

Co-founder, OkCupid

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Sam Yagan Biography

Sam Yagan is co-founder and CEO of OkCupid.com, the fastest-growing free online dating service. Yagan was previously co-founder and CEO of TheSpark.com, maker of SparkNotes, and president of MetaMachine, which developed P2P file-sharing application eDonkey. He has also been vice president and general manager at Delias, and vice-president and publisher at Barnes & Noble.

The son of Syrian immigrants, Al and Dr. Haifi Yagan,Sam was instilled with an entrepreneur trait at a young age. Growing up in Bourbonnais, Illinois Yagan’s academic prowess led him to the prestigious Illinois Math and Science Academy and eventually Harvard University. Yagan holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Mathematics and Economic from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

In 1999 during his senior year at Harvard, Yagan and two of his classmates, Chris Coyne and Max Krohn, started the online study guide SparkNotes.[6] Christian Rudder joined shortly after the founding. A year later they sold the company to Barnes and Nobles for $30 million.

By age 25 Yagan was the president of eDonkey (founded in 2002), a P2P file-sharing network. As the developer of eDonkey, Yagan testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing a need for balance between innovation and intellectual property.

In 2003 Yagan again teamed up with his Harvard classmates, Chris Coyne and Max Krohn and founded OkCupid.

In 2009 Yagan and Troy Henikoff founded Excelerate Labs, a 13-week start-up accelerator.

In 2011 Yagan sold his dating website to IAC and in 2012 Yagan became the CEO of Match.com (a subsidiary of IAC).

In April 2013 Yagan was he was as one of TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’.

In 2011 Yagan was named to Crain’s 40 under 40” in Chicago.

Sam Yagan is married to his high school sweetheart, Jessica Droste Yagan.

Sam Yagan Videos

  • Sam Yagan, CEO, OkCupid & Match.com (Clip 2) (2/14/13)
  • OPW CEO Interview Sam Yagan CEO Match Group - YouTube
  • We Hook Up with the CEO of Match.com Sam Yagan for ...

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  • How to book Sam Yagan?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sam Yagan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Sam Yagan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sam Yagan or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sam Yagan?

    Booking fees for Sam Yagan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sam Yagan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sam Yagan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sam Yagan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sam Yagan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sam Yagan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sam Yagan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Sam Yagan Speaker Videos

  • Sam Yagan, CEO, OkCupid & Match.com (Clip 2) (2/14/13)
    OPW CEO Interview Sam Yagan CEO Match Group - YouTube
  • We Hook Up with the CEO of Match.com Sam Yagan for ...
    How Match.com CEO Sam Yagan Uses Content to Drive Pageviews ...
  • Sam Yagan on OKCupid.com's Marketing Program - YouTube

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