7 things you’re probably (not) wondering right now

1. Who is Doug?

You can check out my LinkedIn profile

2. If you had to describe yourself in just one word, what would that word be?

Caring. It's true - I care about so many things. If you're reading this site, there's a good chance I care about you. I'm not great at telling people how much I care about them, but I'm working on it. :-)

3. I hear you're online a lot. What do you do online?

Actually, quite a bit. I founded several web-based companies, including clearTXT (acquired by Rave Wireless), Spring Metrics (co-founder and former CEO), and AlleyDog.com. I Founded AlleyDog in 1998 to help psychology students and still run the site. Today, more than 15,000 students visit the site each day (as of Spring 2013). I guess students like it, and that makes me happy.

4. What do you do when you're not starting/working on technology companies?

I love spending time with my wonderful wife, Heather, incredible daughter, Sydney, and mop-like dog, Marley. I read, work on AlleyDog, and dream. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to help folks via Kiva, Charity Water, and other amazing charities. I encourage you to check them out.

5. What's one thing most people don't know about you?

In 2012 I was diagnosed with a Prolactinoma about the size of a cherry tomato. Not nearly as bad as it sounds. Really!

6. How can I contact you?

I recommend going through my LinkedIn profile (see #1)

7. Any parting thoughts?

Not sure I believe in god, but that doesn't stop me from feeling truly blessed. I have a lot to be thankful for and I try to remember that every day. So before I forget, thank you!

Bonus question. Are you really a doctor?

Hard to believe, but it's true. I have a Ph.D. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. My focus was Social Psychology, with an emphasis on Group Dynamics. I was lucky enough to study under Dr. Donelson Forsyth who is not only a great psychologist, researcher, and teacher, but also a great person.

Ok, that's enough about me. Now go do something productive. Go on....