RealNetworks CEO Search Ends With Appointment of Thomas Nielsen

RealNetworks has hired Thomas Nielsen as its new president and CEO. Nielsen, who will also join the board, most recently served as VP of the Digital Imaging Group at Adobe Systems. According to a filing with the SEC, Nielsen’s base salary will be $450,000. He will also be entitled to a signing bonus of $100,000, stock options and the chance to earn additional bonuses.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work