Doug Seibold has been a publishing professional in Chicago since 1986 and has a broad background in trade, educational, and nonprofit publishing and media. From 1999 to 2002, he was founding editorial director of UNext, which created online schools in partnership with traditional universities such as Stanford University, Columbia University and the University of Chicago. He founded Agate in 2003, acquired Surrey Books in 2005, and created the Agate Digital and Midway Books imprints in 2012.