Rob is currently Chairman of RealNetworks, which he founded in 1994.
In addition to his role as Chairman, Rob served as Real's CEO from February 1994 until January 2010, leading the company from scratch to over $500 million in revenue.
In 1995, Real introduced the groundbreaking RealAudio which created the market for real-time streaming of audio.
Over the succeeding 15 years, Real has continued to innovate in Internet digital entertainment.
Real (Nasdaq: RNWK) was funded by Accel Partners
in 1995 and went public in 1997.
Prior to founding RealNetworks, Rob worked for Microsoft for 10 years in a number of executive positions, including Vice President of Multimedia and Consumer Systems.
Before joining Microsoft, Rob founded his first company, Ivy Research, in 1981 to make games for the newly launched IBM PC.
Rob has also been an early stage investor in several successful technology companies including TellMe, PlanetOut, and SmileBox.
In addition to his
commercial activities, Rob
has been active in community and civic work.
In 1993, Rob founded The Glaser Progress Foundation, focused on four program areas: Measuring Progress, Animal Advocacy, Independent Media, and Treatment and Prevention of Global HIV/AIDS.
Rob has also served on several non-profit boards and committees, including his appointment by President Clinton to the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.
He currently serves on the Yale University Council, and is President of the RealNetworks Foundation.
Rob lives in Seattle with his
wife and their twins.
Rob is a 1983 graduate of Yale University, with a BA and MA in Economics and a BS in Computer Science.