Doostang.com ( DOO-stang) is an online career networking community that originated as a closed website for students and graduates of U.S. undergraduate and MBA programs. The company was founded at Stanford University in 2005. Doostang was acquired by Universum Global.
The name for Doostang comes loosely from the Latin phrase dos tango, meaning I reach for talent. Doostang was founded by Mareza Larizadeh and Pavel Krapivin in July 2005 as a free, invite-only website designed to enable friends to share jobs and network with one another. The website was opened up to students and alumni from several dozen undergraduate and MBA programs in September 2008 and expanded to open registration in July 2009. Doostang was venture and angel funded. Its first angel investor was Andy Rachleff, Co-Founder of Benchmark Capital. Its Venture investor was Jason Pressman from Shasta Ventures. Other angel investors included Mark Leslie (Former CEO of Veritas) and Michael Dearing (Former Head of Product, eBay). In February 2010 Doostang raised $1.25 million to expand even more. Doostang was acquired by Universum Global. Doostang's CEO since July 2011 is Jeff Berger, former Co-Founder and CEO of KODA.