Stuart Larkins

  • Co-Founder and Partner, Chicago Ventures

Stuart is an Internet entrepreneur and digital marketing expert with a wealth of experience leading Internet companies and start-up organizations. Stuart is a co-founder and Partner of Chicago Ventures, a seed stage venture capital fund, where he oversees all aspects of the firm including fund management, deal sourcing and investments, and working directly with portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Chicago Ventures, Stuart was an operator in early stage startups. He was Senior Vice President and part of the founding management team at Performics, a pioneer in affiliate and search engine marketing. While at Performics, he helped lead the business through rapid growth and subsequent acquisitions by Doubleclick, Hellman & Friedman, Google, and Publicis. Stuart was also involved in many online advertising industry groups and associations, including the IAB, Yahoo Search Advertiser Council, MSN Search Committee, and the Google SEM Council.

Stuart sits on the board of directors of Kapow , Overdog, Shiftgig, Spring Marketplace, and XOR Data.

Stuart is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shedd Aquarium, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and a member of the Springboard Foundation.

Stuart holds a B.S. in Economics from Southern Methodist University.