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Brian Luerssen

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Brian Luerssen is a Managing Director at Techstars Chicago. Techstars is an IT-focused global accelerator program.

Before joining Techstars, Brian co-founded and served as and GM of OkCupid Labs based in San Francisco. OkCupid Labs is the R&D arm of Match.com and IAC Personals (NASDAQ: IACI). Formed after the acquisition of OkCupid, the Labs was created to invest in and build new businesses in and around the online dating space. As GM, Brian oversaw new product teams, products, and investments in SF, LA, and NYC, and was responsible for conception and diligence for new investments as well as the fundraising and M&A components of spinning businesses out of the Labs.

In addition to his work at the Labs, Brian is also co-founder and board member of Quantitative Insights, a medical imaging and healthcare IT company created to commercialize advancements in computer-aided diagnosis software (CAD) for early detection, diagnosis, and prognosis of cancers.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Brian holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from Indiana University. He is a mentor at Techstars Chicago and helped to create the organization as it was known previously, Excelerate Labs. He is an avid hiker and beagle owner.

As a member of Class 18, Brian served his fellowship under the mentorship of OkCupid founder, Sam Yagan.