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Mr. Rob Glaser

Wrong Rob Glaser?
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • BS , Computer Science
    Yale University
  • BA , Economics
    Yale University
  • MA , Economics
    Yale University
  • B.S. , Computer Science
    Yale University
  • B.A. , Economics
    Yale University
  • M.A. , Economics
    Yale University
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Research Topics:Adbusters Media ...
capitalresearch.org, 4 Mar 2014 [cached]
Research Topics:Adbusters Media Foundation, Al Franken, Alex Alben, Center for American Progress, Democracy Alliance, Demos, Foundation for National Progress, Free Press, George Soros, Glaser Progress Foundation, Heather McGhee, Maria Cantwell, Media Matters for America, Miles Rapoport, Mother Jones, Nation Institute, Occupy Wall Street, RealNetworks, Rob Glaser
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Not so with software magnate Rob Glaser, a well-connected high-dollar Democratic donor best known for founding RealNetworks, a prominent Internet company. Glaser has been a supporter of Barack Obama since Obama's 2004 U.S. Senate run, according to DiscoverTheNetworks. In 2010, Glaser and his wife hosted a $10,000-a-plate lunch event with President Obama at their Seattle home, the same year Glaser attended a White House forum on technology and government.
Glaser had previously donated $50,000 to Obama's 2009 inauguration fund.
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In the 2004 electoral cycle, Glaser reportedly gave more than $1 million to defeat George W. Bush.
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So it's no surprise that Glaser is an ally of George Soros, who poured tens of millions of dollars into the fight against Bush in 2004.
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Nor is it surprising that Glaser is also a leading member of Soros's Democracy Alliance, an invitation-only donors' collaborative for rich left-wingers.
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Other ways that Glaser battled for the Left in the 2004 electoral cycle include his early support of America Coming Together (ACT), a large, ambitious Democratic get-out-the-vote operation created to affect the 2004 elections. Glaser donated $750,000 to ACT and talked his friends into donating as well.
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In the previous presidential election of 2000, Glaser donated both to Ralph Nader's Green Party campaign and also, less generously, to Al Gore's campaign on the Democratic ticket.
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When Glaser studied at Yale, graduating in 1983, his politics were "slightly to the left of Che Guevara," according to Bruce Jacobsen, a former RealNetworks executive who knew Glaser at the Ivy League school.
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When Glaser studied at Yale, graduating in 1983, his politics were "slightly to the left of Che Guevara," according to Bruce Jacobsen, a former RealNetworks executive who knew Glaser at the Ivy League school.
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Glaser was a left-winger from way back, according to a Seattle Times profile. His parents were left-wing activists in Yonkers, N.Y. While studying at Yale, he penned a political column called "What's Left" in the school paper. He also headed a group called the Campaign Against Militarism and the Draft.
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Glaser made his fortune largely at RealNetworks, a software developer that supplies video interfaces that work on standard Internet browsers and allow users to stream music videos, movies, and recorded music.
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But what Glaser and Halperin started became RealNetworks, which pioneered audio and video on the Web and gave Glaser the money to pursue social revolution through philanthropy."
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Those who know Glaser well say "his giving reflects his goals of transforming mass media, improving health in the Third World and changing America's measures of progress and prosperity," according to the profile.
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Glaser left as CEO of the company in 2010 but came back in July 2012, after the company churned through two CEOs in two years. One online commenter at a Forbes news story on Glaser's return asked, "Anyone think the real problem is Rob Glaser himself? We've had two CEOs spin through the revolving door in tenures of less than a year. The company has backtracked on the plan to simplify the company and exit the games business by doubling down on that segment with an acquisition and no results to show for it. The company has not turned in an operating profit since at least 1995, and has written off almost $400 [million] in failed acquisitions in the last 5 years."
Glaser said at the time he would serve as CEO only in an interim capacity, yet at press time he remains in the post, as well as continuing to serve as chairman of the board. His tenure has not seen the company gain ground financially. Net annual revenues for 2013 were $206 million, down from $259 million the previous year, and the company had an operating loss in 2013 of $71 million.
The website of Glaser's philanthropy, the Glaser Progress Foundation, romanticizes Glaser's radical activism and the way he blends it with his corporate activities:
Determined to use technology to pursue a progressive agenda, Rob founded Progressive Networks in 1993.
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"The liberal brand is tarnished," according to Glaser. He wants to "change the political paradigm" and treat the word progressive as a thing "that's nurtured and managed just like any other brand. To test his theory, Glaser teamed up with John Podesta's Center for American Progress and spent $600,000 on TV ads in the Midwest over a three-week period.
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This, of course, raises questions about the financial well-being of the foundation's benefactor, Robert D. Glaser, whose personal wealth at one time was estimated at close to $500 million.
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David Halperin, Glaser's old business partner, served as senior vice president of the Center for American Progress from 2004 to 2012.
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The San Francisco-based publication also instructs its interns, whom it doesn't pay adequately to live, that they should apply for taxpayer-funded food stamps during their servitude at the magazine. (Glaser served on the board of the Foundation for National Progress.)
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Glaser also personally funded the Air America Radio network, the biggest effort ever mounted to create a left-wing talk radio network that could compete with highly successful conservative talk radio. When Air America crashed in bankruptcy in 2006, Glaser was its largest creditor; the network owed him $9.8 million.
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Oddly, it never seems to have occurred to Rob Glaser that he was fortunate to live in a productive country whose market-based economy allowed him to become a millionaire after only a decade of work, and whose tradition of tolerance allows even the radical enemies of the nation's principles to rail against its imperfections, real and imaginary. Who knows-perhaps after Glaser's death, the staffers at his foundation will do what so many such staffers have done at other foundations; namely, change the funding stream to projects which the original donor would never approve
Accel Partners | Worldwide | Home
www.accel.com, 24 Jan 2014 [cached]
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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.
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John E. Cunningham, IV and Robert ...
www.sec.gov, 3 Oct 2013 [cached]
John E. Cunningham, IV and Robert Glaser are Class 3 directors whose terms expire at the 2015 annual meeting of shareholders.
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Glaser and Slade, are independent under the Nasdaq listing standards and the applicable rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC.
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Effective July 3, 2012, Mr. Glaser, the Chairman of our Board, was appointed as our interim Chief Executive Officer. For the first half of 2012, the positions of chief executive officer and chairman of the board were held by two different individuals. In maintaining Mr. Glaser’s position as Chairman, the Board has recognized the value of leveraging Mr. Glaser’s longtime leadership and knowledge of RealNetworks. In appointing Mr. Glaser as interim Chief Executive Officer, among other things, the Board determined that Mr. Glaser is best positioned to effectively identify and execute on our strategic priorities.
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Robert Glaser
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Mr. Glaser, founder of RealNetworks, currently serves as our Interim Chief Executive Officer. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of RealNetworks since its inception in 1994 and as Chief Executive Officer of RealNetworks from 1994 through January 2010. Mr. Glaser has served as a venture partner at Accel Partners, a venture capital firm, since May 2010. Mr. Glaser’s professional experience also includes ten years of employment with Microsoft Corporation where he focused on the development of new businesses related to the convergence of the computer, consumer electronics and media industries. Mr. Glaser holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University.
Digital.Hollywood
www.digitalhollywood.com, 1 Dec 2013 [cached]
Rob Glaser, Digital.Hollywood
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Rob Glaser, Chairman and CEO, RealNetworks, Inc. Rob Glaser is founder and CEO of RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), the recog nized leader in media delivery on the Web. Since 1995, RealNetworks has pioneered streaming media delivery over the Internet through its standards-setting RealAudio, RealVideo, RealPlayer and RealSystem products. In 1999, Glaser established RealNetworks' leadership in the digital distribution of music with the launch of RealJukebox and RealSystem MP. Mr. Glaser has a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University. t Yale, he served as editorial-page editor of the Yale Daily News.
Mr. Glaser serves 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. Prior to founding RealNetworks, Mr. Glaser worked for Microsoft from 1983 to 1993. He managed Microsoft Word, then moved to the company's networking group, before becoming vice president of Multimedia and Consumer Systems.
Glaser has long been intriguedwith the nexus of media, computing, and communication. As television and radio transition from a broadcast to an online medium, Glaser envisions turning the Internet into the next mass medium.
mediaBOOMNews
mediaboom.com, 5 Nov 2012 [cached]
The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser.
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Hailed as the "Online Oscars" by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts %26 Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.
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The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser.
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Hailed as the "Online Oscars" by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts%26Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.
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The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser.
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