Corazon Capital was founded in January 2014 by serial entrepreneur, Sam Yagan. Previously, Sam co-founded and grew SparkNotes (sold to Barnes & Noble), eDonkey (shut down along with Napster) and OkCupid, one of the world's most successful online dating companies (sold to Match.com). Yagan was appointed CEO of ShopRunner in July 2016. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of Match Group, a position he assumed after serving as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and leading it through a period of explosive growth that culminated in its IPO. Sam also co-founded Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) and serves on its Board.
Recognizing the power of leading wholeheartedly, Sam founded Corazon Capital out of his passion for building and nurturing meaningful connections. From his annual trip to the Lobby with colleagues to his endless summer hours helping teams prepare for demo day pitches, sustaining close relationships has always been a priority. So when Sam decided to further pursue his hobby of investing by creating a fund for early stage investments, it was only natural to reach out to his network. Corazon Capital is a culmination of these friendships, spanning his personal and professional life, coming together to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Sam 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. He has been named to TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” Crain’s “40 Under 40” in Chicago, Billboard Magazine’s “Top 30 Executives Under 30” in the entertainment industry, Crain’s “Tech 25,” Crain’s “Tech 50,” and Silicon Alley Insider’s SAI 100.