Chris Tsakalakis

San Francisco, California, US

Internet Entrepreneur and CEO
Chris's Skills
Growth
Marketing
Operations
Product Management
Background

About Chris

Chris Tsakalakis is an Internet entrepreneur and CEO with more than 25 years of experience developing and leading consumer and technology businesses.

Most recently, Chris served as President of StubHub, the world's largest online ticket marketplace. Under his nearly 8 years of leadership, StubHub grew the value of tickets sold nearly 8 times while doubling customer satisfaction and increasing brand awareness by over 50%. Because of StubHub’s influence on the entertainment industry, Chris was named to the Sports Business Journal’s 2011, 2012 and 2013 lists of the 50 most influential people in the sports business, the Billboard 2012 and 2013 Power 100 lists and the 2010 and 2011 Huffington Post Sports Game Changer lists.

Chris led the acquisition of StubHub by eBay and began running StubHub in 2007, when the acquisition was finalized. Chris was an eBay Marketplaces executive from 2003 to 2014. Prior to StubHub, Chris managed the Advanced Solutions Group which provided solutions for advanced buyers and sellers and included eBay Stores, ProStores, Trading Platforms, Seller Marketing and Tools, the eBay Developers program and Shipping.

Prior to joining eBay, Chris was a managing partner at Trefo, a consulting firm focused on high-technology startup companies. Prior to Trefo, he held management positions at two e-commerce startups, and was also a consultant with Bain & Company for six years. He started his career in e-commerce in 1996.

Chris graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is chair elect of the Greater Bay Area Division of the American Heart Association and in his spare time is a fitness and automotive enthusiast.

Work Experience

Advisor

Diana Labs, Inc.

January 2016 - December 2016

Entrepreneur in Residence

Benchmark Capital

April 2016 - Today

Click to edit position descriptionEntrepreneur in Residence at leading venture capital firm, Benchmark Capital. Seeking opportunities to start, invest in or lead high growth, technology driven companies in the ecommerce, marketplaces, health, fitness and nutrition spaces.

President

StubHub

January 2007 - December 2014

Led the acquisition of StubHub by eBay and responsible for leading and growing StubHub since 2007. Over 8 years, grew value of tickets sold nearly 8 times and operating profit 15 times. Over the same time period, expanded StubHub outside the United States and doubled customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

Education

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

B.S. Economics

1985 - 1989