Eric Baker (businessman)
Eric H. Baker
May 1973 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, US
Stanford Business School
|Known for||founder of Viagogo, and co-founder of StubHub|
Eric Baker was born in May 1973. He was born and grew up in Los Angeles.[clarification needed] Baker graduated from Harvard College in 1995, and received an MBA from Stanford Business School in 2001.
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. He was its president. StubHub was sold to eBay in 2007 for $310 million.
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”.
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 reached a resolution with the CMA in November 2018.
In January 2019, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said Eric Baker risked jail over failure to properly protect customers.
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