Eric Baker (businessman)

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Eric Baker
Born
Eric H. Baker

May 1973 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, US
NationalityAmerican
EducationHarvard College
Stanford Business School
OccupationCEO, Viagogo
Known forfounder of Viagogo, and co-founder of StubHub

Eric H. Baker (born May 1973) is an American businessman, the founder and CEO of Viagogo, and co-founder of StubHub.

Early life[edit]

Eric Baker was born in May 1973.[1] He was born and grew up in Los Angeles.[clarification needed][2][3] Baker graduated from Harvard College in 1995, and received an MBA from Stanford Business School in 2001.[4]

Career[edit]

Baker worked for McKinsey & Company for two years, and then Bain Capital, a private equity firm in Boston.[4][3]

Baker co-founded StubHub in 2000, with fellow Stanford classmate Jeff Fluhr, initially as part of a Stanford competition from which they withdrew after being chosen as finalists due to concerns that someone might take their idea.[3][2] He was its president.[5] StubHub was sold to eBay in 2007 for $310 million.[3]

In 2006, Baker founded Viagogo, and has been its CEO since then.[5] He owns Viagogo through a company called Pugnacious Endeavors, which is based in Delaware.[2]

In May 2018, BBC News reported that the UK Government's digital minister advised that consumers should not use Viagogo, one of the big four secondary ticket sites. Margot James said: “Don’t choose Viagogo - they are the worst”. Despite huge global publicity, Eric Baker kept silent about the issue.[6]

In August 2018, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority took Viagogo to the High Court for breaking the law; Baker did not issue any comment or statement. The company claimed to have reached a resolution with the CMA in November 2018.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CONSOLIDATED INFORMATION SERVICES LIMITED - Officers (free information from Companies House)". Beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Viagogo: who runs it and who owns it? | Money". The Guardian. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Eric Baker: Respectable face of ticket touting". Telegraph. January 12, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Eric Baker – Founder and CEO, Viagogo.com – MusicTank". Musictank.co.uk. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Eric H. Baker: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Viagogo ordered to clean up ticket sales". November 27, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Viagogo ordered to clean up ticket sales". November 27, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.