As head of RealNetworks, maker of the popular RealPlayer software and Rhapsody music streaming service, Glaser is one of only a few "40 Under 40" alums who still has his old job.
While his business is still growing, though, the past year has been rough. Last fall, Glaser launched a new service, RealDVD, that lets users copy and store DVD files on their computers. But this summer, a federal judge issued an injunction to ban sales of the software on copyright infringement grounds. (RealNetworks has appealed the decision.)
Meanwhile, his investment in AirAmerica hasn't worked out as planned. A lifelong liberal, Glaser was among the first and most generous investors in the progressive radio network, but it hasn't become the liberal counterweight to conservative talk radio its founders intended.
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