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Dr. Doug Kaufman    

Founder & CEO of Belongly

Dr. Doug Kaufman, the founder and CEO of Belongly, is an experienced leader, entrepreneur, and served as TransLoc’s CEO from June of 2014 to August of 2019. Under Dr. Kaufman’s leadership, TransLoc established itself as a market leader for on-demand microtransit solutions, increased TransLoc’s value by more than 15X in 4 years, and created innovative technologies that improved transportation for millions of people. All of which was noticed by Ford Smart Mobility, which acquired TransLoc in early 2018. 

Prior to joining TransLoc, Dr. Kaufman founded several companies, including clearTXT (acquired by Rave Wireless), which provided mobile communications for colleges and universities, and Spring Metrics (later changed to Spring Engage), a behavior analytics company.

Dr. Kaufman received his PhD in Social Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a focus on Group Dynamics and Leadership. While at VCU, Dr. Kaufman conducted research, published numerous articles in scientific journals, taught undergraduate courses, and created AlleyDog.com, an educational resource that is still used by millions of students across the globe as an essential e-learning resource. Dr. Kaufman was also an early team-member at Blackboard where he played an integral role in deploying several key initiatives, which firmly established the company’s flagship e-learning platform. 

Dr. Kaufman is also a prolific public speaker and angel investor.

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Default to Calm

Doug helps audiences kick the chaos and Default to Calm so they can make superior decisions, avoid organizational disasters, and achieve extraordinary success.

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