Doug Hirsch has more than 15 years of experience conceiving, building and managing community healthcare and entertainment web and mobile products. One of the first employees of Yahoo, 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 more. Between 1996 and 2001,Doug led product development for services which generated more than 75% of Yahoo’s traffic and new members.
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 “Entertainment Tonight’. Between 2001 and 2005, each of these sites became the #1 site in their respective categories. Revenues for the group grew from less than $5M to more than $50M by 2005.
In August 2005, Doug was hired by Facebook as the Vice President Of Production, reporting to the CEO. In his tenure at Facebook, Doug co-conceived and launched Facebook’s photo sharing product, helped grow traffic by 400%, launched Facebook’s high school product and more.
In early 2006, Doug founded DailyStrength, the web’s leading community for people with health and life challenges. DailyStrength 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.