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Severance Agreement - DoubleClick Inc. and Stephen R. Collins

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                                  6 August 2001

Stephen R. Collins
12 Sylvan Road North
Westport, CT  06880

                  Re:      Your New Capacity at DoubleClick

Dear Stephen:

                  This letter agreement will confirm our understandings and
obligations in connection with your separation from DoubleClick Inc. As used in
this letter agreement, "DoubleClick" is defined to include, as appropriate,
DoubleClick Inc., any directly or indirectly held subsidiary, any affiliated
entity, and any successor to any of the foregoing.

                  Resignation. You hereby resign, effective 10 August 2001, from
your position as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer, and any other
currently-held positions with DoubleClick. This letter agreement confirms that
your authority and responsibility for any DoubleClick "policymaking function"
(as that term is used in Rule 16a-1 to the Rules and Regulations to the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934) immediately ceases upon your resignation from
these positions. From 10 August 2001 through the Termination Date (as defined
below), you will continue to be employed by DoubleClick and will assist in those
special projects as may be designated by DoubleClick's Chief Executive Officer
and reasonably acceptable to you. DoubleClick acknowledges that you will be able
to serve in your new capacity without being present in DoubleClick's offices on
a daily basis.

                  Separation Pay. In lieu of a notice period and in
consideration for your agreeing to the terms of this agreement, you will receive
your regular salary at your current base rate of pay for the period from today
until 02 March 2002 (the "Termination Date"). On the Termination Date, you will
receive a lump-sum payment equal to $7,500. In addition, on or before 01 April
2002, you will receive 8/12 of your full-year 2001 bonus paid at target [.67x
(60% of $250,000) = $100,500]. All payments will be less (x) customary
deductions and (y) withholding.

                  Stock Sales. Immediately following your resignation,
DoubleClick will, to the extent necessary, file to remove you as a Section 16
reporting officer. You acknowledge that you are familiar with the trading and
reporting requirements


applicable to a former Section 16 reporting officer. Until the Termination Date,
you agree to continue to abide by DoubleClick's insider trading policies, for
which purposes you shall remain a "Listed Employee." Following the Termination
Date until 2 January 2003, you agree to notify DoubleClick in advance of any
planned stock sales, although it is acknowledged that you will no longer be
subject to DoubleClick's insider trading policies following the Termination

                  Stock Options. This letter agreement confirms that all stock
options granted to you by DoubleClick prior to the date of this letter will
continue to vest according to their respective terms through the Termination

                  Release of Claims. On or promptly following the Termination
Date, DoubleClick hereby agrees to execute the release attached hereto as
Exhibit A, and you hereby agree to execute the release attached hereto as
Exhibit B. You acknowledge and agree that DoubleClick's obligation to pay any
separation pay to you hereunder (other than salary continuation) is expressly
contingent upon your execution of the release attached as Exhibit B (provided
that DoubleClick concurrently executes the release attached as Exhibit A).

                  Confidentiality. You shall keep the terms and conditions of
this agreement strictly confidential. You shall not disclose the terms of this
agreement, except to your tax, finance, or legal advisors, or to your immediate
family members, or to potential new employers, each of whom will also have an
obligation of confidentiality.

                  You further recognize and reaffirm that the Employee Covenant
of Confidentiality and the Employee Proprietary Information and Inventions
Agreement you signed pursuant to your employment with DoubleClick continue in
full force and effect. You agree that you will never disclose DoubleClick trade
secret or proprietary information, including but not limited to information in
its databases, technical or scientific information relating to current or future
products, services, or research, business or marketing plans or projections,
earnings and other financial data, personnel information, including executive
and organizational changes, software, computer systems and programs, and
policies and procedures of DoubleClick.

                  Return of Company Property. By signing below, you agree that
you will use your best efforts to return to DoubleClick, on or before the
Termination Date, any documents (including electronic documents, disks, and
files) that you received and/or created as part of your employment with
DoubleClick and that remain in your possession, custody or control, and you
further agree that you will not, to the best of your knowledge and belief, have
retained (yourself or through an agent) any copies thereof. You further agree
that you will use your best efforts to return, on or before the Termination
Date, all tangible company property that remains in your possession, custody or
control, including but not limited to company-sponsored credit cards and/or
calling cards, cellular telephones, computer equipment, keys, badges, and any


company property. You agree and understand that your material compliance with
the requirements of this paragraph is an express condition to your entitlement
to the Separation Pay (other than salary continuation) set forth above. We
acknowledge that you will vacate your office following the date of this letter
agreement, and that you may remove your personal belongings from the company
premises at your convenience. You agree that DoubleClick may, at its discretion,
examine all documents and other materials that you have designated as personal,
prior to their removal from the company premises.

                  Non-Solicitation. You agree that, for a period of one year
from your Termination Date, you may not solicit any DoubleClick employee on
behalf of another employer or encourage any DoubleClick employee to leave the
company. Similarly, you agree that, for the same one-year period, you may not
solicit any DoubleClick account, on your behalf or on behalf of any other
individual or entity, for the purpose of engaging in "DoubleClick Competitive
Business" (as defined in the following paragraph).

                  Non-Competition. You agree that, for a period of one year
following your Termination Date, you may not, as an employee, agent, consultant,
advisor, independent contractor, partner, officer, director, stockholder, owner,
co-venturer, principal, investor, lender, or guarantor of any corporation,
partnership, or other entity, or in any other capacity, directly or indirectly:
(a) engage in any business in which DoubleClick, as of the Termination Date, is
engaged or, to your knowledge, proposes to engage, in each case as a material
part of DoubleClick's business ("DoubleClick Competitive Business") ; (b)
authorize your name to be used in connection with a DoubleClick Competitive
Business; or (c) acquire any debt, equity, or other ownership interest in any
person or entity engaged, to your knowledge, in a DoubleClick Competitive
Business, except that you may own, in the aggregate, not more than one percent
(1%) of the outstanding equity of any publicly-traded entity that is engaged in
a DoubleClick Competitive Business as a material part of such entity's business.
You hereby acknowledge that the scope of this non-competition obligation is fair
and reasonable, and is given in consideration of the other benefits set forth in
this letter agreement.

                  Duty to Cooperate. You agree to cooperate with DoubleClick, on
reasonable request and at DoubleClick's sole expense, in providing truthful
testimony or information with respect to all inquiries or investigations, claims
and litigation pertaining to DoubleClick. You will not be required to be a
signatory related to the accuracy of the company's financial statements for any
period after 30 June 2001.

                  Indemnification. DoubleClick hereby confirms that, with
respect to any matter in which (i) you are named as a defendant or (ii) your
actions as an officer or employee of DoubleClick are at issue, you will remain
entitled to all indemnification and related protections currently extended to
DoubleClick's officers under its certificate of incorporation and bylaws.
However, DoubleClick will not (except to the extent


otherwise currently provided in DoubleClick's certificate of incorporation or
bylaws) be obligated to indemnify or defend you in any instance in which
DoubleClick, in its reasonable discretion exercised in good faith, believes that
you have been involved in an act of fraud, gross negligence or willful
misconduct. This letter agreement confirms that you will continue to be covered
under DoubleClick's directors' and officers' insurance for matters occurring
during your tenure as an officer or employee of DoubleClick Inc. or as a
director of its affiliated entities.

                  Non-Disparagement. DoubleClick agrees not to disparage your
professional or personal reputation. Similarly, you agree not to disparage
DoubleClick or the professional or personal reputation of any DoubleClick
representative. An internal announcement and press release will be drafted for
your advance review. You and DoubleClick agree to respond to inquiries about
your departure with a mutually agreed upon statement. Notwithstanding the
foregoing, you agree not to respond to press inquiries about your separation
from DoubleClick without DoubleClick's prior agreement. If a prospective
employer contacts DoubleClick regarding your employment, a senior executive of
DoubleClick will provide a positive account of your service to DoubleClick.
Otherwise, only title and dates of employment will be released without your
advance written consent.

                  Benefits. You are entitled to the following benefits: You will
receive payment for any accrued but unused Paid Time Off days. You will receive
any entitlement under DoubleClick's 401(k) plan in accordance with the terms of
the plan as applied to all covered employees. You will be refunded the post-tax
value of your cash balance from contributions, if any, to the Employee Stock
Purchase Plan. You will be reimbursed for any usual and ordinary business
expenses incurred in connection with your employment in accordance with
DoubleClick's expense policy. You will be entitled to retain, and exercise, all
stock options vested on or before the Termination Date in accordance with the
terms expressed in the respective notices of grant of stock option. Your
entitlement to stock option vesting shall cease completely as of that date.

                  Your benefits and coverages under the medical insurance
arrangements to which you are subject as of the date of this agreement will
continue, under the current terms and conditions, through the Termination Date,
on which date such benefits and coverages will cease and you will be eligible to
continue such benefits and coverages at your expense pursuant to the federal law
known as COBRA. You will be receiving more detailed information concerning your
option to continue your health coverage under separate cover. Other than the
foregoing benefits and the Separation Pay set forth above, you will not be
entitled to any form of payment or benefit.

                  Entire Agreement/Choice of Law/Severability. This agreement
contains the entire agreement between the parties, and shall be governed by the
laws of the State of New York without giving effect to its principles of
conflicts of law. You hereby agree that you are subject to the jurisdiction of
the courts of the State of New York. This agreement may not be changed orally,
but only by an agreement in writing


signed by the party against whom enforcement of any waiver, change, modification
or discharge is sought.

                  Should any provision of this agreement be declared or be
determined by any court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal or invalid, the
validity of the remaining parts, terms, or provisions shall not be affected
thereby and said illegal or invalid part, term, or provision shall be deemed not
to be part of this agreement.

                  Acknowledgment. You acknowledge by signing this agreement that
you have read it in its entirety, understand all of its terms and conditions,
and knowingly and voluntarily assent to those terms and conditions. Any
alterations to this agreement shall not affect its terms; your signature shall
be deemed an acceptance of its terms without modification. You further
acknowledge that you have been advised of your right to consult with counsel in
connection with this agreement.

                  To signify your acceptance of these terms, please sign and
date this agreement in the space provided and return the original to me within
seven days.

                  We wish you the best of success in your future endeavors.

                                        Very truly yours,

                                        DoubleClick Inc.

                                        By:   /s/ Kevin P. Ryan
                                                  Kevin P. Ryan
                                                  Chief Executive Officer

 /s/ Stephen R. Collins
     Stephen R. Collins