Robert Reid (author)

Robert H. “Rob” Reid (born October 2, 1966) is an American author and entrepreneur . He is best known for his Bestselling book Architects of the Web and as the founder of Inc., welke created the Rhapsody digital music service. [1] [2]

Education and personal life

Reid was born in New York City , and Grew up in Darien, Connecticut . As an undergraduate at Stanford University have studied Arabic and International Relations. He’ll be has an MBA from Harvard . In 1994, Reid moved to Silicon Valley to work for Silicon Graphics , where he managed the company’s relations with Netscape . [1]

Reid is married to G4 personality and technology journalist Morgan Webb . The two collaborated on the online show Webbalert – a daily video podcast covering developments in the tech world. WebbAlert ran Until 2009. [3] [4]


After Silicon Graphics, Reid became a venture capitalist. He continued to write as well, for places zoals Wired , zoals a 1997 cover story about online video. [5]

Reid is the author of three books, Architects of the Web , a book about the Silicon Valley , Year Zero , a work of fiction, and Year One , a book about Harvard Business School . He wrote his first book, Year One , welke was an Examination of student life, as a student at Harvard. The paperback was released by Avon de volgende year, in the wake of positive reviews from Business Week and others. [6]

His second book, Architects of the Web , was written in 1997, and chronicled the rise of the Internet as a commercial medium as well as dan rising entrepreneurs like Marc Andreessen or Netscape , Jerry Yang or Yahoo and Rob Glaser of RealNetworks . It was positively disposed reviewed and later released in paperback in 1999. [7]

In July 2012, Random House / Del Rey published Reid’s third book, Year Zero , a work of science fiction . [8] The plot revolves around alien cultures coming JSON contact with Earth music. The resulting fines and penalties from Copyright Infringement port bankrupted the whole universe. Humans Suddenly own everything-and the aliens are not amused.


Reid was the sole founder of the online music company, where he served as CEO and as Executive Chairman. [9] In 2001, launched Rhapsody , an unlimited music streaming service for $ 9.99 a month-the first licensed service or zijn child. [10] In 2003, the company was acquired by RealNetworks , where Reid remained as a company vice president. [11] Later, MTV PURCHASED Rhapsody from RealNetworks for $ 230 million. [12]

In March 1999 Reid became the founding outside board member of IGN Entertainment . [13] IGN went public in March of the year-following and was acquired by News Corp. in September 2005 for $ 650mm. [14] [15]

In March 2012 Reid showing a TED talk called the “The $ 8 billion iPod.” He Explained his idea of “copyright math.” The talc satirized the information provided by entertainment lobbyists and lawyers to indicate LOSSES Accrued by the entertainment industry due to “copyright theft.” [16]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Kirkpatrick, David (July 7, 1997). “The Saga Of How The Web Was Won A Bunch Of Outlaw Entrepreneurs Got A Head Start In The Rush To Conquer The Internet. Then Bill Gates Red Into Town.” . Fortune .
  2. Jump up^ Evangelista, Benny (October 4, 1999). “ Serves Up Music On The Net” . San Francisco Chronicle .
  3. Jump up^ Gannes Liz. “Morgan Webb Does Her Own Web Show” . Gigaom.
  4. Jump up^ “CrunchBase profile” . CrunchBase.
  5. Jump up^ Reid, Robert. “Real Revolution” . Wired . Retrieved October 1997 . Check date values in:( help ) |access-date=
  6. Jump up^ Reid, Robert (1995). Year One: An Intimate Look Inside Harvard Business School . Avon.
  7. Jump up^ Reid, Robert (1999). Architects of the Web: 1,000 Days therein Built the Future of Business . Wiley.
  8. Jump up^ Reid, Robert (2012). Year Zero: A Novel . Del Ray.
  9. Jump up^ “Bloomberg profile” . Bloomberg Business Week.
  10. Jump up^ “ Launches Rhapsody Digital Music Subscription Service” . Streaming Media.
  11. Jump up^ “RealNetworks to Acquire” . EContent.
  12. Jump up^ “Viacom and RealNetworks Join Forces: The Official Rhapsody America Terms” . Seeking Alpha.
  13. Jump up^ “Executive Profile” . Business Week.
  14. Jump up^ “IGN ENTERTAINMENT INC (SNOW) IPO” . Nasdaq.
  15. Jump up^ “News Corp. Acquires IGN for $ 650 Million” . Business Week.
  16. Jump up^ “Rob Reid: The $ 8 billion iPod” .