Before founding Age of Learning, Doug Dohring grew NeoPets.com into one of the Web's most popular sites. The site's content was aimed at tweens and teens and offered age-appropriate entertainment in a safe environment parents could trust. NeoPets.com handled billions of monthly page views at its peak and registered over 140 million accounts between 2000 and 2005. The site was translated into 10 languages ranging from traditional and simplified Chinese to Brazilian, Portuguese, and French using a complex real-time translation engine that made it possible for users from all language groups to receive updated content at the same time.
Doug Dohring got his start in the Internet business in the late 1990s, when he purchased OpinionSurveys.com. Dohring brought his experience as CEO of market research firm The Dohring Company to his work with OpinionSurveys.com. He quickly built the website into a leading consumer research platform with a user base of millions. The company was sold to a NASDAQ-listed company that was later acquired by Microsoft.