Doug Burgum, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is chairman of the board and an investor of Atlassian, the leading provider of collaboration software for product teams. He is also Executive Chairman of Intelligent InSites, a leading provider of enterprise real-time location systems (RTLS) software & board member of Preventice. He was a board member and investor of SuccessFactors, a cloud-based leader in business execution software, from October 2007 to February 2012. He served as chairman of the board from June 2010 to February 2012 when SAP acquired SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion.
He is founder and chairman of Kilbourne Group, a company committed to inspiring and supporting the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Fargo, North Dakota, and is co-founder and chairman of Arthur Ventures, a Fargo-based venture capital group that focuses on early-stage software companies, with a concentration on healthcare.
A graduate of North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Stanford University Graduate School of Business (MBA), Doug worked at the Chicago office of McKinsey & Co. until 1983, when he returned to his native North Dakota and literally “bet the farm” for the seed capital for Great Plains Software, Inc., then a very small startup company in the fledgling PC software industry. He served Great Plains in executive roles including chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors. Driven by a strong vision and powerful dream, he led Great Plains to a worldwide presence and to its successful initial public offering in 1997. Microsoft Corporation acquired the company in 2001 for $1.1 billion. From April 2001 to August 2007, Doug served as senior vice president at Microsoft Corporation.
Doug has received honorary doctorate degrees from NDSU (2000) and the University of Mary (2006). In 2012, he joined the advisory board of the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Raikes School is a specialized honors program that focuses on computer science and management.
In 2009, then-North Dakota Governor John Hoeven presented Doug with the state’s highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Doug’s philanthropic efforts focus on youth, education, and the arts.