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Rob Glaser Forced Out as RealNetworks CEO

John Paczkowski:

Rob Glaser is stepping down as CEO of Real Networks, the company he founded in 1994. Sources say the move was instigated by his own board, but that Glaser cooperated with the decision and was involved with the transition.

Hard to believe this could happen to a genius like Glaser. One of my favorite predictions ever was this one from Glaser in 2003 on the iPod:

“It’s absolutely clear now why five years from now, Apple will have 3 (percent) to 5 percent of the player market. … The history of the world is that hybridization yields better results.”

Apple still has a bit more than 5 percent of the music player market.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010