Tech Scenes Chicago with Sam Yagan – Pursuing Passion Against All Odds

Welcome to Tech Scenes where we meet up with ceos, founders and investors to learn what makes cities in the startup tech ecosystem thrive.

On this episode we meet up with Sam Yagan CEO of ShopRunner and take a spin through the former ShopRunner offices and head out for pizza at Lou Malnati’s (because we are in Chicago). Along the way we talk about moving ShopRunner to Chicago, the combination of capital + labor + culture, diversity, recruiting and pursuing vision and passion against all odds.

Produced by: Jeff Martin CEO and Founder of Collective Genius and Lead by Change

Powered by: Collective Genius – Peak OKR Planning and Recruiting for Growth Companies and Venture Firms.


ShopRunner connects top retailers and brands to the best online shoppers. ShopRunner’s exclusive member benefits and highly targeted, data-driven marketing help retail partners acquire high value customers while increasing existing customers’ purchase frequency and spend.

Led by CEO Sam Yagan, ShopRunner’s team of e-commerce experts are backed by Kynetic, Alibaba Group and American Express. ShopRunner has offices in Chicago, San Mateo and Philadelphia.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati’s is as rich in history as its pizza is in flavor.

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