Jeff Stibel

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Jeff Stibel
Born 1972/1973 (age 42–43) [1]
Alma mater Tufts University
Brown University
MIT Sloan School of Management
Occupation Entrepreneur
Website[dead link]

Jeff Stibel[2] is an entrepreneur, having started numerous technology and marketing companies. At age 32, he became one of the youngest public company CEOs in America and opened the NASDAQ stock market on June 15, 2007.[3][4][1][dead link] He is also a brain scientist and a New York Times bestselling author.[5]


Stibel was the Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp until its merger with Dun and Bradstreet. He became Vice Chairman of the merged company after the acquisition.[6][7][8]

As an entrepreneur and business executive, Stibel has helped start and grow a number of companies and was listed as one of Business Week's "40 under 40."[2] He was formerly the President and CEO of (NASDAQ: WWWW) and was previously the CEO of Interland (NASDAQ: INLD).[9] He also serves on the Board of Directors for Autobytel (NASDAQ: ABTL).[10] He was General Manager and Senior Vice President of United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD), which runs ISPs NetZero and Juno, and social networking site[11] He was the founder and CEO of Applied Cognition Labs, WorldWide MediaWorks (,[12] SeaVista Development and Simpli,[13] which is currently owned by ValueClick, (NASDAQ: VCLK).[14] He currently sits on the Board of Directors of, EdgeCast,[15][16] Autobytel, ThinMail,[17] The Search Agency[18] and Axon Labs.[19] He also serves on the academic Boards of Brown University’s Entrepreneurship Program[20] and Tufts University’s Leadership Center.[9]

Stibel left graduate school to start Simpli, a search and marketing company that was sold to NetZero in 2001 and again to ValueClick in 2004.[21] He started Simpli with professors from Brown University (James A. Anderson, Steve Reiss), MIT (Dan Ariely) and Princeton University (George A. Miller), as well as entrepreneurs David Landan, Peter Delgrosso and Carl Dunham. He later helped form United Online, a public company that acquired NetZero and Juno in 2001 and later bought In 2005, he left United Online to become the CEO of Interland,[22] a public company that later changed its name to[23]

Brain Science[edit]

As an academic and scientist, Stibel focused most of his career on brain science, the interdisciplinary study of psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence and neuroscience.[24] He received degrees in philosophy and psychology as an undergraduate at Tufts University and counts Daniel Dennett as a mentor.[25] He received a degree in brain science at Brown University, where he studied under James A. Anderson.[26] He also studied business, marketing and economics under Dan Ariely at MIT Sloan School of Management. He received an honorary Ph.D. in business from Pepperdine University and gave the commencement address in 2015. Stibel has published numerous academic articles in brain science, psychology, economics and business, and he is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.[27]

References and Published Work[edit]

  1. Stibel (2013). Breakpoint Macmillan, London, UK. 2013 New York Times bestseller for non-fiction and science
  2. Stibel (2009). Wired for Thought Harvard Business Press, Cambridge, MA. Wikipedia: Wired for Thought
  3. Stibel, with Kaplan, Norton, Friedman, Krishnamurthy, Erickson, and Delgrosso (2008). Unconventional Wisdom in a Downturn, Harvard Business Review, Vol. 86, No. 12.
  4. Stibel (2007). Discounting Do’s and Don’ts, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 49, No. 1.
  5. Stibel (2006). The Role of Explanation in Categorization Decisions, International Journal of Psychology, 41.2.
  6. Stibel (2006). Categorization and Technology Innovation, in Harnad & Dror, Distributed Cognition, John Benjamins. (Book Chapter)
  7. Stibel (2005). Mental Models and Online Consumer Behavior, Behavior & Information Technology, 24.
  8. Stibel (2005). Increasing Productivity through Framing Effects for Interactive Consumer Choice, Cognition, Technology & Work, 7.1.
  9. Stibel, with Slovak, Over & Sloman (2003). Frequency Illusions and Other Fallacies, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 91.
  10. Stibel, with Ben-Zeev, Sloman & Dennis (2000). Choice and Judgment in Decision Making: Working Memory Demands Mediate the Monty Hall Dilemma, Psychonomics.
  11. Stibel (2000). Should I quit my job and start a company—Yes!, Associated Press.
  12. Stibel (1999). The Role of Explanation in Categorization, Copyrighted Graduate Dissertation, Brown University, Dissertation Abstracts International
  13. Stibel, with Hadjichristidis, Over, Stevenson & Sloman (1999). Opening Pandora's Box: Selective Unpacking and Superadditivity, ECCS, 265-270.
  14. Stibel (1995). The Effects of Associativity, Interconnectivity and Generation on Memory, Copyrighted Thesis, Dissertation Abstracts International, Call number: 39090010918650b.
  15. Stibel, with Ben-Zeev, & Dror. Dissociating Choice and Judgment in Decision Making: The Collapsing Choice Theory, under review, Memory & Cognition.


  1. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (December 18, 2006). "Jeff Stibel: Web Head". Business Week. CEO Jeff Stibel is only 33 
  2. ^ a b "Public CEOs under 40". Business Week. 
  3. ^ "Stibel opens NASDAQ Stock Market". NASDAQ. 
  4. ^ "Stibel on PBS TV". PBS. 
  5. ^ "Breakpoint : why the web will implode, search will be obsolete, and everything else you need to know about technology is in your brain". Macmillan. 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dun & Bradstreet to Acquire Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation". Dun and Bradstreet. April 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Remaking Dun & Bradstreet for the Internet Age". Business Week. 
  8. ^ "Management Team". Company Website. 
  9. ^ a b " Management Page"., Inc. 
  10. ^ "Stibel Joins ABTL Board". Forbes. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Interland Spins a new Web". Motley Fool. 
  12. ^ "Company Bio". Axon Labs. 
  13. ^ Malik, Om (10/04/1999). "How Google is that?". Forbes.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ "ValueClick introduces Simpli". Press Release. 
  15. ^ White, Bobby (December 10, 2007). "Disney invests in CDN". Wall Street Journal. 
  16. ^ "EdgeCast Teams Up With Disney for $6 Million". New York Times. December 11, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Thinmail lands new CEO and Board member". Press Release. 
  18. ^ "Disclosure Statement". SEC Filing. 
  19. ^ Kirsner, Scott (March 28, 2005). "A gentler way to start your day". Boston Globe. 
  20. ^ " partners with Brown University". Web Info. 
  21. ^ Pachetti, Nick; Mirabella, Alan (December 1, 2000). "The best places to live". Money Magazine. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Interland Taps United Online Vet". MediaPost. 
  23. ^ Rubner, Justin (August 6, 2007). "Young CEO has knack for turning around cos.". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 
  24. ^ "Brain Science Program at Brown University". Brown University. 
  25. ^ "TheSecretstoSuccess". Tufts E-News. 
  26. ^ "Brown Alum Has A Dozen Startups Behind Him". Brown University Daily Herald. 
  27. ^ "Stibel Bio on Harvard". Harvard Business Press. 

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