Please join us Thursday, July 21st at the Lincoln Park Zoo to see this rockstar lineup! Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are much more than seafood.

This month Nerd Nite is partnering with the Lincoln Park Zoo for Adults Night Out!

To showcase Nerd Nite for this new audience, NN Chicago has lured/coerced/tricked some of our favorite veteran speakers in from New York, Toronto, and Chicago’s own Printer’s Row.

“I don’t have the looks to compete at a bar, and I’m not that funny.

So the last thing I want is to be in a situation where that’s what I’m competing on.

To hear him describe it, the whole thing is easy: “You’re going to launch, you’re going to get some success, [and] I’m going to buy you for cheap because you don’t have another bidder.

And then my business has grown.” Yagan, 36, is warm and quirky in person — and, yes, nerdy. “It’s going to get me fired some day,” he says with a grin, “and that’s fine.” Listening to him talk about his purchasing power as CEO of Match, it’s hard not to think of Revenge of the Nerds: Here’s a self-professed introvert who is now the de facto guru in a growing industry with, some feel, only barely tapped potential. “But this is a pretty great opportunity — being able to buy instead of always being on the sell side.” Indeed, Match buys so much that the list of significant e-dating competitors is short: Its biggest is e Harmony, which places an emphasis on marriage as the goal.

Yagan thinks not; he compares IAC’s suite of dating products to a tool belt.

If allows you to read up on someone, make sure you have shared interests, and be confident you won’t have a bad date, Tinder is at the other end of the spectrum, suited to meeting up for a casual drink with less pressure.

(A host of new apps, like Down, which was originally called Bang with Friends, and Snapchat, which allows you to send a photo that will quickly vanish, suggest that if there was ever any social stigma with using online dating, it is dramatically waning and may soon die completely.) Yagan was deliriously happy being a serial entrepreneur. Farther down the road, might he get the itch to leave? Next: Spark Networks (no relation to Spark Notes), the parent company of religion-centric dating sites like JDate and Christian Mingle.