Rob Glaser, founder, chairman and CEO of RealNetworks Inc., has long been intrigued with the nexus of media, computing, communication, and the Internet. Since founding Real in 1994, Rob has played an integral role in the transformation of the Internet into the next great mass medium.
In 1995, under Rob's direction Real introduced the groundbreaking RealAudio. Followed by RealVideo, RealPlayer, and the systems to distribute audio and video including the Helix technologies, RealNetworks has continued to innovate and bring technologies to market. Additionally in 2000, RealNetworks began offering aggregated premium content online directly to consumers in a subscription service.
In 2003, RealNetworks purchased Listen.com and built the Rhapsody music service into the leading music subscription service. With the combination of technology and business systems for monetizing media, Rob and RealNetworks are at the forefront of the Internet media revolution.
Prior to founding RealNetworks Inc., Rob worked for Microsoft for 10 years in a number of executive positions, including vice president of Multimedia and Consumer Systems. Rob has served on several nonprofit boards and committees, including his appointment by President Clinton to the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.
Rob is a graduate of Yale University, with a BA and an MA in Economics and a BS in Computer Science.