Doug J. Galen

Doug J. Galen
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Doug Galen is the Co-Founder and CEO of RippleWorks, which is a private Foundation accelerates the growth of ventures whose product or service improves lives. We help fast-growth ventures succeed by working with the CEOs to create high-impact projects focused on a venture’s scaling challenge. We bring in Experts who have tackled that scaling challenge (who are volunteers from places like Facebook, Airbnb or Google) who are motivated to help because they want to contribute their skills to a company doing good in the world. RippleWorks operates through East Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the United States

In addition to RippleWorks, Doug teaches Startup Garage at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Doug sits on the non-profit Boards of Heifer International and Positive Coaching Alliance as well as advises early stage companies.

Prior to RippleWorks, Doug served as Chief Revenue Officer at Shopkick, a mobile app startup backed by Kleiner Perkins and Greylock, SVP of business and corporate development at Shutterfly where he helped grow revenue from $50 million to $500 million and a successful IPO, VP and GM of new ventures for eBay where he helped create eight new business units with revenues of $500 million and was employee #3 and Vice President of Sales and Business Development for E-LOAN which had a successful IPO.

Doug loves spending time watching his daughter in theatre productions, playing dominoes with his wife (and usually losing), and finding new adventures riding his bike anywhere he can.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, University of California, Berkeley, 1988
  • BS, University of California, Berkeley,1984

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2014-present

Professional Experience

  • Co-Founder & CEO, RippleWorks, 2015-present
  • Board of Directors, Heifer International, 2015-present
  • Board of Directors, Positive Coaching Alliance, 2004-present
  • Board of Advisors, Ripple Labs, 2013-present
  • Board of Advisors, Voxeet, 2013-present
  • Board of Directors, Japser Ridge Farm, 2012-2016
  • Board of Advisors, Abe's Market, 2009-2015
  • Chief Revenue Officer, Shopkick, 2011-2013
  • Senior Vice President BD and M&A, Shutterfly, 2005-2011
  • Board of Advisors, Glam, 2006-2011
  • Board Member, HomeGain, 2002-2006
  • President, Fourth Fleet Financial, 2004-2005
  • Vice President/GM New Ventures, eBay, 2001-2004
  • Board Member, Zip Realty, 2001-2003
  • Vice President BD and M&A, E-LOAN, 1997-2001


Journal Articles

Doug J. Galen, Nikki Brand, Lyndsey Boucherle, Rose Davis, Natalie Do, Ben El-Baz, Isadora Kimura, Kate Wharton, Jay Lee. Center for Social Innovation, RippleWorks. April 11, 2018.

Other Publications

Doug J. Galen, Asset Abdualiyev, William Chong, Sneha Iyer, Rosanna Kim, Jay Ma, Darsh Mann, Elani Owen, Junhyung (Edward) Park, Gailyn Portelance, Olivia Seideman, Natalya Thakur, University of Oregon Blockchain Club. Stanford GSB Center for Social Innovation. September 2019.


Degree Courses


Startup Garage is an intensive hands-on, project-based course, in which students will apply the concepts of design thinking, engineering, finance, business and organizational skills to design and test new business concepts that address real world...

Teams that concluded at the end of the fall quarter that their preliminary product or service and business model suggest a path to viability, continue with the winter quarter course. In this course, the teams develop more elaborate versions of...

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School News

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Stanford GSB welcomes seven tenure-line faculty and 17 lecturers from a range of disciplines who will infuse the school’s curriculum with fresh perspectives.