Bob Young is the founder and CEO of Lulu.com, the premiere international marketplace for new digital content on the Internet, with more than 520,000 recently published titles and more than 15,000 new creators from 80 different countries joining each week.
Founded in 2002, Lulu.com is Youngʼs most recent endeavor. The success of this company has earned Young notable recognition; he was named one of the “Top 50 Agenda-Setters in the Technology Industry in 2006” and was ranked as the fourth “Top Entrepreneur for 2006,” both by Silicon.com.In 1993, Young co-founded Red Hat, the open source software company that gives hardware and software vendors a standard platform on which to certify their technology. Red Hat has evolved into a Fortune 500 company and chief rival to Microsoft and Sun. His success at Red Hat won him industry accolades, including nomination as one of Business Weekʼs “Top Entrepreneurs” in 1999.
Before founding Red Hat, Young spent 20 years at the helm of two computer leasing companies that he founded. His experiences as a high-tech entrepreneur combined with his innate marketing savvy led to Red Hatʼs success. His book, “Under the Radar,” chronicles how Red Hatʼs open source strategy successfully won industry wide acceptance in a market previously dominated by proprietary binary-only systems. Young has also imparted the lessons learned from his entrepreneurial experiences through his contributions to the books “Youʼve GOT to Read This Book!” and “Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurʼs Soul.”
In 2000, Young co-founded the Center for Public Domain, a nonprofit foundation created to bolster healthy conversation of intellectual property,patent and copyright law, and the management of the public domain for the common good. Grant recipients included the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, and the Future of Music Coalition.Young graduated from the University of Toronto in 1976 prior to beginning his career in the computer finance arena. In 2003, Young purchased the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and currently serves as the leagueʼs vice chairman.
In addition to fly fishing, Young enjoys collecting calculators and antique typewriters, a nod to his beginnings as a typewriter salesman and he can usually be found sporting a pair of red socks. However, instead of red on his head, Young now tips his orange hat.