Founder & CEO
Over the past 19 years, Doug Weaver has worked with over 600 leading companies including Facebook, BuzzFeed, ESPN, Yahoo!, Apple, Twitter, Fox Sports, Refinery 29, Cars.com, Acxiom, USA TODAY, CBS Digital Media, YuMe, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Universal, MediaMath and The New York Times. For these clients and many others, he’s trained thousands of Internet media and technology sellers through both public and private workshops focusing on sales strategy and digital landscape perspective.
Doug has been a frequent moderator, host and keynote speaker at leading conferences produced by the IAB, AdExchanger, iMedia, PubMatic and AdMonsters. For the past 14 years, he’s hosted Seller Forum, the industry’s only peer-to-peer networking and content event just for digital sales leaders. And each week he writes The Drift, a provocative industry blog that directly reaches nearly 5,000 top industry executives and is syndicated and referred to thousands more.
After a 15-year career in print advertising sales with companies like Hearst and Condé Nast, Doug became advertising director and east coast employee number one for Wired Magazine in 1994, and sold some of the Web’s first ads on the company’s Hot Wired site. He then served as vice president of sales for Firefly Network, a pioneering company in personalization, targeting and community.
Doug was elected to the Board of Directors for the Internet (now “Interactive”) Advertising Bureau in 1997 and managed the development of both the IAB Roadshow (the organization’s first omnibus presentation to marketers) and the IAB Professional Development Series (its first seller training initiative.) In 1999, he received the first IAB Service Award for commitment and contribution to the industry; In 2007 Doug received the “Oldtimers Award” from the Aspen Group, a gathering of top digital agencies; In 2011, ad:tech honored him with its Industry Achievement Award for lifetime service; And in 2016, 212 NYC presented Doug with its Thought Leadership Award.
Doug’s company, Upstream Group, Inc. is based near his home in Vermont, which he shares with his wife and partner of 29 years, Sharon Richards. They have two grown daughters, Lucy & Madeline. Doug is a grateful beneficiary of public education, and a proud graduate of both Long Beach City College and California State University, Fullerton.