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Doug Stevenson

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Serial Entrepreneur, CEO & Co-Founder, Vibrant Media Inc., AOL, Coach, Advisor, First Growth Venture Network, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year

Serial Entrepreneur, CEO & Co-Founder, Vibrant Media Inc., AOL, Coach, Advisor, First Growth Venture Network, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year

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Primary Skillsets

  • Ad Sales
  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

Vibrant Media Inc.
Vibrant Media

Advisor

First Growth Venture Network
Tilt 365
First Growth Venture Network

Positions

Advisor First Growth Venture Network October 2011 - present
Co-Founder and Board Director Vibrant Media Inc. July 2000 - present
CEO, Co-Founder and Board Director Vibrant Media July 2000 - July 2011
Head of E-Commerce AOL / CompuServe August 1998 - April 2000

Education

The University of Edinburgh Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1984 - 1987
Singularity University

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Front End Engineering
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Vr
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Financial Services
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education
  • • Fitness
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Doug served as the CEO and co-founder of Vibrant, leading the company’s expansion from when the company began operations in 2000 up until July 2011. Vibrant was started in London and grew to over $100M in revenues as a global online business with over 6,500 premium publishers, 250 million unique users per month and 300 employees located in London, New York (HQ), Boston, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, Hamburg, Munich and Dusseldorf.

Prior to founding Vibrant, Doug worked at AOL Europe as Head of E-commerce and has twenty five years of publishing, media and Internet experience with AOL, CompuServe, Netscape, Haymarket Publishing and BBC Magazines/Redwood Publishing.

Doug has a B.S.c. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Edinburgh University.

Honors:
Winner - Entrepreneur of the Year (E&Y)
Runner-up - Entrepreneur of the Year (E&Y)
Appeared on Inc. 100 and 500 fastest growing companies over three consecutive years

Highest Rated Media Brand in Customer Service among digital ad networks by Advertiser Perceptions

Inc. Hire Power Award

Crain’s New York Business Best Place to Work

Advertising Age's Best Places to Work

AlwaysON Media Top 100 ( 3 consecutive years)

Deloitte & Touche fastest growing 50 companies

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Doug Hare
They're my friends  •  Member of Industrial Advisory Board, School of Computing, University of Dundee and Founder & CEO, Outplay Entertainment Ltd.
Doug already is a great entrepreneur. Having watched him leave AOL to co-found Vibrant and drive its phenomenal growth over many years I hav ... e no doubt that the vision, drive, persuasiveness, and tenacity required to build great companies are part of his DNA.
Tim Finn
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Statiq. Previously Head of Europe/SVP International, StrikeAd.
I've worked for and known Doug for over twenty years, for ten of those in a start-up he co-founded. In that time I've developed the upmost r ... espect for his clarity of thinking both big and small picture, his ability to communicate and motivate those around him and his purposefulness in pursuing his and his teams vision. Added to that he is a genuinely compassionate, emotionally rounded, decent and humorous human being. I've had the pleasure of his company as both a friend and a colleague and I wouldn't hesitate to drop everything to jump back into the start-up trenches alongside him if called upon.
Sami Inkinen
We worked together  •  Serial Entrepeneur (co-founded Trulia, IPO'12), physicist by training, developer until '00, angel investor, current focus Digital Health!
Doug's a proven second time entrepreneur, passionate about the problems he's solving and thoughtful in his approach to building a team and p ... roduct.
James Piper
We worked together  •  Head of Sales for UpCurrent; Co-Founder of Emergency Prep Now. Previously VP, Sales, Millennial Media; SVP & GM of West, Vibrant Media
Doug is an extremely intelligent and driven business leader who immerses himself in a project so that he can become a true expert and consid ... er the complete picture. He does a great job of asking tough questions instead of just accepting what may seem the obvious answer to most, which usually gives him a powerful advantage. By approaching his business in this way, Doug creates a very persuasive POV, a well-defined vision and ultimately great enthusiasm within his team and investors.
Jerome Mol
They're my investor  •  Founder, Bay Area Holding and Founder & CE0, PROLIN Inc.
Has proven to build a small british startup (where I invested in), Vibrant Media, into a global powerhouse. And he is hungry to do that agai ... n!
David S. Kidder
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder, Bionic Solution and Creator and Author, The Startup Playbook.
He's proven
Gavin McCloskey
We worked together  •  Founder & President, Nourish Snacks. Previously Founding Team; SVP of Operations, Vibrant Media.
Doug was the founder and CEO of a tech-media company called Vibrant Media, which he built into a $100million+ revenue global business operat ... ing in 12 cities with 300 employees, making a profit every year. Doug is a great leader, team builder and has an amazing ability to build a sales engine, developing deep relationships with Fortune 500 companies. I worked for Doug for 9 years and he was a great mentor which has continued over the past 4 years as I have built my own start-up Nourish Snacks, with Doug being the first person I call if I have a business problem I want to brainstorm.
Steve Cen
We worked together  •  Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Previously Deloitte Consulting. Harvard Business School grad. University of Waterloo grad.
Doug is an experienced executive that has in-depth understanding of Internet start-ups. He is extremely collaborative in his approach and wi ... ll provide actionable advice to take your vision to the next level. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a trusted coach and advisor to any entrepreneurs.
James McBryan
We worked together  •  Co-founder & Chief Volunteer Organizer, Track it Forward; EECS UC Berkeley Grad; Toastmaster President; ProBono Role Model; Eagle Scout
As a developer with a growing tech company, I really lacked the BD skills to grow my company. Doug reached out to me on Founder Dating and ... advised me on B2B Sales and a variety of BD topics that would have either kept me up all night thinking or led me down a rabbit hole. During our coaching sessions, he really tries to understand my situation and gives the best advice based not just off his experience but as if he were making those decisions himself. With each coaching session, I feel like I've saved over a month of thinking and experimenting. I would highly recommend Doug for all that is BD.
Pam Boney, Founder
We worked together  •  Founder and Principle Partner, Tilt365.com & Expert in Personality Evolution for Startups, High-growth companies and ExO companies.
His experience in being a successful entrepreneur himself. Great track record and positive perspective. Courageous thinking.

James Piper
We worked together  •  Head of Sales for UpCurrent; Co-Founder of Emergency Prep Now. Previously VP, Sales, Millennial Media; SVP & GM of West, Vibrant Media
A+ entrepreneur. James is a strong leader who grew the Vibrant Media operations from a small team to a powerhouse as the SVP of Sales & GM f ... or the West Coast from 2003 until 2011. James builds strong, long lasting relationships with customers and partners. He leads by example with passion and energy. James cares strongly about people, product and partners. His enthusiasm and integrity really stand out!

Pam Boney, Founder
Founder and Principle Partner, Tilt365.com & Expert in Personality Evolution for Startups, High-growth companies and ExO companies.
Pam has great insights into what makes teams succeed at the highest levels. Her company Tilt 365 has developed a very profound tool to help ... individuals and teams reduce the drama and friction in the workplace by understanding their own individual communication styles. Pam is a real thought leader and a pleasure to work with.

Emily Hall
They're my friends  •  Founder & CEO, Olive Grove and Chair of the Board of Directors, California Alliance for Arts Education. Northwestern grad.
Emily is a high integrity leader and I've found her to be an insightful and thoughtful contributor to the Battery Powered Network.

Sankar Patel
We worked together  •  Founder/CEO, UpCurrent
Sankar is a truly impactful and authentic leader who has what it takes to build great products and highly engaged teams.