An accomplished internet entrepreneur, Daniel L. Rosensweig '83 joined the 2011 President's Forum Series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, kicking off the spring lineup with a talk on Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Rosensweig has become a national leader in combining technology and communication to create innovative consumer experiences. He has served as the publisher of PC Magazine, the CEO of ZDNET, president of CNET, and the chief operating officer of Yahoo! - all before reaching the age of 40. From his position at Yahoo!, Rosensweig moved on to become the president and CEO of the Guitar Hero franchise, and today is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Chegg, an online company that allows students to rent, instead of buy, textbooks.
In addition to his significant career, Rosensweig participates on the Advisory Board of the non-profit DonorsChoose.org, contributes as a member of the Executives in Residence program at Columbia University, and is on the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems, Inc., & Katalyst Media, Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg's leading social media company.
Over the course of his career, Rosensweig has remained dedicated to his alma mater. Through the Salisbury Center for Career Services, he has participated in the 'Professionals In Residence' series, mentoring HWS students on careers in technology. He has created internship opportunities for HWS students to work directly with him, offering job opportunities following graduation. In 2008, Hobart and William Smith honored his significant contributions to the Colleges by naming The Rosensweig Learning Commons in his honor. Located on the first floor of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, The Rosensweig Learning Commons has revolutionized the ways in which students and faculty members interact with one another and with information. The space combines multimedia technology support and production with the main desks for Information Technology Services, library research and support, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
During his time as a Hobart student, Rosensweig was a political science major, a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Little Theatre, and studied abroad in London.