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Marketing Matters: August 21, 2019

Hosts Americus Reed and Barbara Kahn are joined by Sam Yagan (CEO, ShopRunner), Laura Stampler (Contributing Writer, Fortune Magazine), and Chris Rodgers (Founder and CEO, Colorado SEO Pros) on the Wednesday, August 21, 2019 edition of Marketing Matters.

Air Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Laura Stampler

Air Time: 5:30 pm
Featuring: Laura Stampler

Sam Yagan

Air Time: 5:00 pm
Featuring: Sam Yagan

Chris Rodgers

Air Time: 6:00 pm
Featuring: Chris Rodgers

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Sam Yagan

CEO, ShopRunner

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Sam Yagan is CEO of ShopRunner, and the former Vice-Chairman of Match Group (Nasdaq: MTCH), 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. He has co-founded several companies, including SparkNotes, eDonkey, OkCupid, Techstars Chicago, and, Firestarter Fund, & Corazon Capital.

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 products in America, amassing over four million active users. OkCupid has earned widespread media acclaim and has been described as “the Google of online dating” and where “dating meets Facebook.” In 2011, Match, Inc. acquired OkCupid for $90 million.

Sam’s prior entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer internet sector include SparkNotes (founded in 1999), still the dominant brand of study guides and eDonkey (founded in 2002), once the largest P2P file-sharing network in the world. He sold SparkNotes to Barnes & Noble, Inc., where he served as Vice-President and Publisher and oversaw the expansion of the previously all-digital brand into an expansive multi-platform media business.

Outside of work, Sam’s primary passion is working with early-stage entrepreneurs. In 2009, he co-founded Excelerate Labs (now 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,” Crain’s “Tech 25,” D Magazine’s “Dallas 500” and ranked #19 on Silicon Alley Insider’s “Most Inspiring and Influential People.” He has received the Chicago Innovation Awards’ “Visionary of the Year Award,” IMSA’s “Distinguished Leadership Award,” and the DCIA’s “Pioneer’s Award.” Sam 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 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.

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Laura Stampler

Contributing Writer, Fortune Magazine

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Laura Stampler is a freelance writer living in New York. She is a the author of Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies (Simon & Schuster) and is a regular retail contributor for Fortune Magazine. She also writes for publications including Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post Brand Studio, and Business Insider.

 

Twitter- @laurastampler

Book- https://www.amazon.com/Little-Black-Dresses-White-Lies/dp/1481459902
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Chris Rodgers

Founder and CEO, Colorado SEO Pros

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Founded by Chris Rodgers in September 2012, Colorado SEO Pros is a boutique SEO agency providing a suite of inbound marketing services for small and mid-sized organizations, from international enterprise corporations to technology start-ups and E-Commerce businesses across the country and abroad. We offer industry-leading services in terms of the methodologies we employ, and the technology we leverage in order to serve our clients and help them achieve aggressive results. We have a proven track record of success in competitive verticals and add value to our clients’ digital marketing campaigns through creativity, dedication, and an unparalleled desire to be the best at what we do.
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