Bob Young is a serial entrepreneur, currently serving as founder and CEO of Lulu.com, a leading international marketplace for new digital content with more than 660,000 recently published titles and more than 15,000 new creators joining each week.
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 recently acquired by IBM.
Young’s success and ascending entrepreneurial trajectory earned him notable accolades such as being named one of Business Week’s “Top Entrepreneurs” in 1999, and Silicon.com’s lists of “Top Entrepreneur for 2006” and “Top 50 Agenda-Setters in the Technology Industry in 2006”.
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 Hat’s success. His book Under the Radar chronicles how Red Hat’s open source strategy successfully won industry acceptance in a market previously dominated by proprietary binary-only systems.
Young graduated from the University of Toronto in 1976 prior to beginning his career in computer finance.
In 2003, in honor of his late elder brother Michael, Young purchased the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He currently serves as the league’s vice chairman. He is also part of the ownership group of the Canadian Premier League, Canada’s professional soccer league.