Sam Yagan


Chief Executive Officer,

Sam Yagan is the CEO of and co-founder of Excellerate Labs in Chicago.  Sam was previously CEO and co-founder of, which was purchased by He has spent several years as an entrepreneur, first as Co-founder and CEO of, Inc., maker of SparkNotes, the world’s leading brand of educational study aids. More recently, he has served as President of MetaMachine, Inc., developer and distributor of the world’s leading P2P file-sharing application, eDonkey. Sam has also served as Vice-President and General Manager at Delias, Corp., and Vice-President and Publisher at Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Sam has a BA in Applied Mathematics & Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.