Executive Chairman and CEO
Chad Steelberg is a visionary serial entrepreneur who has co-founded several highly successful Internet software companies. As the Executive Chairman and CEO of Veritone, Chad has brought innovation and thought leadership to Artificial Intelligence that is transforming businesses worldwide and solving human problems on a vast scale.
Chad is the founder of the Veritone Institute for Artificial Intelligence, with has assembled leaders in the fields of AI and Machine Learning, Data Science and Cognitive Technologies to increase the growth of these fields through university grants and thought leadership around the world.
In 1995, Chad and his brother Ryan founded AdForce and grew it into the world’s largest centralized independent ad service and management solution, which was later acquired by CMGI after an IPO worth over $500M. AdForce won the Smithsonian Award for the Best Technology in IT for the year 2000. Following the success of AdForce, the Steelbergs founded 2CAN Media and built it into the 3rd largest Internet advertising sales organization, which was also later sold to CMGI for over $50 million in a merger with Adsmart/Engage Media.
Founding dMarc Broadcasting in 2002, Chad and his brother Ryan developed the largest centralized radio advertising network and digital automation company servicing more than 4,600 radio broadcasters. dMarc was sold to Google in 2006 for $1.2B.
Chad is the winner of several awards, and is a 2009 recipient of the OC Metro’s 40 Under 40 Award given to the most successful young businesspeople in Orange County, CA. Chad and Ryan Steelberg were also named by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the county’s 50 Most Influential Businesspeople. Additionally, the Steelbergs were finalists for Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2000, followed by Radio Ink Magazine’s award for one of the ’50 Most Powerful People in Radio’ in 2006. With his brother, Ryan Steelberg, he is the inventor of 51 issued patents.