Sam Hayes is co-founder and executive vice president of marketplace development for SharesPost, the leading online marketplace for private investments. Sam has worked for emerging growth companies, three of which were funded by Kleiner Perkins, at key stages in the entrepreneurial lifecycle, from pre-launch to dynamic expansion to exit through acquisition. Sam most recently led corporate development, including M&A and investment, for Java-related businesses at Sun Microsystems and has led business development for startups that were acquired by Akamai and Wine.com. Sam was also part of the launch team at America Online's ClassifiedsPlus service, a pioneering marketplace. Sam received his MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and A.B. with honors & distinction from Occidental College.
Sam has been interviewed by leading publications, including BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and he has spoken at industry events including the Montgomery & Company Growth Conference, Founder's Institute, Tuck-Dartmouth Private Equity Forum and Plug and Play Tech Center Forum.