Richard Yoo

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Richard Yoo
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Richard Yoo speaking at AIR Houston 2007 as chair
Born Houston, Texas, United States
Occupation Retired

Richard Yoo is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder and former CEO of the web hosting company Rackspace, and the founder and former CEO of web hosting company ServerBeach.


Born in Houston, Texas, Yoo graduated from Alief Hastings High School in Houston and attended Trinity University as a pre-med student in San Antonio, Texas.[1] Although he did not graduate from Trinity, he operates as an advisor to the university's computer science department.[2]

Richard Yoo has attended the TED conference in California.[3]


Cymitar Network Systems was Yoo's first start-up. The small Internet service provider was launched in 1996 and was run out of his garage apartment while attending college.[4][5] From there, Yoo continued his entrepreneurial endeavors and co-founded Rackspace in 1998[6][7][8] and initially operated as its CEO.[9]

In 2003, Yoo was recognized with San Antonio Business Journal’s Annual 40 Under 40 Award.[10] The following year, he founded ServerBeach.[11][12]

Today, Yoo is an active advisor for Inventables in Chicago, Illinois[13] and is a mentor for I/O Ventures in San Francisco, California.[14] Additionally, he operates as a judge in the Rice University Business Plan Competition (RBPC),[15] is a Houston Technology Center’s Emerging Technology Council member,[16] was a Chair for the Accessibility Internet Rally for Houston,[17] and is an advisory board member of the Children's Museum of Houston.[18]

Richard Yoo has been a speaker at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference.[19]

Yoo has recently invested in a new a start up named Perceptual Networks located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[20]


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