Robert Glaser

Robert Glaser

Founder and CEO, RealNetworks

Robert Glaser is founder and CEO of RealNetworks (Nasdaq: RNWK), the recognized leader in streaming media products and services for the Internet. Since 1995, RealNetworks has played a pioneering and leadership role in media delivery over the Internet through its RealAudio, RealVideo, RealPlayer and RealSystem products.

Prior to founding RealNetworks, Mr. Glaser worked for Microsoft from 1983 to 1993. At Microsoft he began his career by managing Microsoft Word, then moved to the company's networking group. From there, he became Vice President of Multimedia and Consumer Systems, focusing on the development of new business relating to the convergence of the computer, consumer electronic and media industries. While at Microsoft, he was instrumental in advancing the evolution of today's Multimedia Personal Computer (MPC), the multimedia platform standard announced in 1992 by Microsoft and eight of the world's ten leading PC manufacturers.

Mr. Glaser has a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University. At Yale, he served as editorial-page editor of the Yale Daily News while simultaneously immersing himself in computers.

Mr. Glaser has a long history of political activism and has been a member of numerous nonprofit boards. He currently serves as a member of several non-profit boards and committees including, most recently, his appointment by President Clinton to the Advisory Committee on Public interest obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.

Mr. Glaser has long been intrigued with the nexus of media, computing, and communication As television transitions from a broadcast to an on-line medium, Mr. Glaser, with his visionary products, envisions turning the Internet into the next mass medium.

Mr. Glaser will lecture on "The Internet as the Next Mass Medium" on Thursday, October 22, 1998, at 4:30 p.m. in Davies Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Becton Faculty Lounge.