Doug Hirsch has started a number of companies and built Web communities for Yahoo and Facebook.
As one of the early employees of Yahoo Inc., he conceived and/or managed product development for all of Yahoo's community and communication products, including Yahoo! Mail, GeoCities, Yahoo! Groups, Yahooligans, Yahoo! Personals, Yahoo! Chat, Yahoo! Message Boards, Yahoo! Calendar, Yahoo! Local and much more. Between 1996 and 2001, Doug led product development for services which generated more than 75% of Yahoo's traffic and registrations. During this tenure, Doug managed more than 40 direct reports, worked closely with Jerry Yang and David Filo (Yahoo's founders), oversaw 2 acquisitions worth more than $4 billion, and rose to the position of Senior Director.
After leaving Yahoo to travel around the world in 2001, Doug returned to Yahoo! as the General Manager of Yahoo! Entertainment, responsible for all aspects of Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! TV, Yahoo! Entertainment and a joint-venture with Paramount's â€œEntertainment Tonight'. Between 2001 and 2005, each of these sites became the #1 site in their respective categories (in excess of 15M unique monthly users and 600M monthly page views. Revenues for the group grew from less than $5M to more than $50M by 2005.
In August 2005, Doug was hired by Facebook, Inc., as the Vice President Of Production, reporting to the CEO. In his short tenure at Facebook, Doug conceived, managed and launched Facebook's photo sharing product (more than 100M photos uploaded in the first month), grew traffic from 2B to 8B page views, launched Facebook's high school product (more than 1M registered users in 2 months), and much more.
In 2006, Doug founded DailyStrength, the webâ€™s leading community for people with health and life challenges. DailyStrength raised $4M from Redpoint Ventures and was acquired in November 2008 by HSW International, Inc.
Doug is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, with additional coursework at Oxford University and UCLA. Doug was accepted at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, but opted not to leave Yahoo to attend business school.
- 10/16/10 -techcrunch.com
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