Introducing ScobleShow

It’s 1 a.m. and the engineering team, me, and Valerie, are still working at the office. But the show is slowly coming up. The URL is at http://www.podtech.net/scobleshow/ 

Stuff is still broken, and probably will be for a little while longer.

But, enough is up that I should probably write an introduce you to what I’ve done and where I’m gonna go.

So, what’s the ScobleShow?

It’s a videoblog. This week it’ll be updated only once (today). Starting in about another week it’ll see a new post or two every day (five to 10 posts a week).

I hate rules. So I won’t stick with any here.

On this week’s show I have:

1) An interview with a CEO. Sun Microsystems’ Jonathan Schwartz.
2) A demo of a new product. JotSpot, which is an Enterprise Wiki service that you might like.
3) A creative segment called “Photowalking” where we follow around Thomas Hawk as he makes images. This is actually the first of four segments (the others will be up probably tomorrow — this was more than an hour alone, so had to break it up a bit).
4) An audio interview with a geek. Tim Bray, co-creator of XML.
5) A language war in my mom’s house at Off-the-Grid. Something fun to spark a conversation.
6) Mad mojitos at the Ritz. A conversation with two CEOs on the back deck of the Ritz in Half Moon Bay.
7) A tour of Printing for Less. This should be in Business Week.
8) SAP’s executive star Shai Agassi talking about business.

Anyway, the page isn’t the prettiest. I haven’t done cool audio leadins or funky music or gotten someone to do 3D wooshy video elements.

If you only had a little bit of time to check it out, I’d probably do the Photowalking segment. That was a lot of fun. I’m looking for more photographers to follow along, so if this inspires you and you’re a good photographer and you’d like to share your creative time, please send me email (robertscoble@hotmail.com).

If you’re an entrepreneur you’ll be inspired by the Printing for Less tour. That’s quite a remarkable business. Remember, Andrew Field, its CEO, is building that business out in the middle of nowhere. Notice how well he treats his employees (TRIPLE SCREENS!!! Show THAT to your boss).

Each of these is enjoyable, though. Even the demo, which comes across as a commercial (none of this content was paid for, by the way) taught me a lot. I’m looking for other companies to do that with.

What’s next? Well, this is really an alpha. I see a ton of stuff we need to do with the Web site. It’s not Channel 9 yet. I want to step up the quality of the interviews too, but that’ll be pretty hard cause these are all pretty good subjects.

That’s where you come in. This is in your hands now. Would love to know what you think, even if you think it sucks, and where/who/what you want me to film next.

UPDATE: If you could go and Digg it, I’d really appreciate it.

Comments

  1. Looks great Robert, congratulations. I do suggest you stop by the Adobe offices in San Francisco though, there’s some very cool stuff going on over there :). Good ScobleShow fodder.

  2. Looks great Robert, congratulations. I do suggest you stop by the Adobe offices in San Francisco though, there’s some very cool stuff going on over there :). Good ScobleShow fodder.

  3. Robert, this looks great, but… the subscription page sucks. When I use the iTunes option it just brings me the InfoTalk by PodTech podcast. Just post the rss feeds somewhere so I can manually put the feed info into iTunes.

    The subscription page has to be the most confusing for any podcast/videoblog I’ve seen, and the fact it doesn’t work makes it even more useless.

    Please don’t take this as a reflection on your show, which I haven’t watched yet, but please seriously talk to your web UI guys about that horrible subscription page. Worst UI I’ve seen in awhile.

  4. Robert, this looks great, but… the subscription page sucks. When I use the iTunes option it just brings me the InfoTalk by PodTech podcast. Just post the rss feeds somewhere so I can manually put the feed info into iTunes.

    The subscription page has to be the most confusing for any podcast/videoblog I’ve seen, and the fact it doesn’t work makes it even more useless.

    Please don’t take this as a reflection on your show, which I haven’t watched yet, but please seriously talk to your web UI guys about that horrible subscription page. Worst UI I’ve seen in awhile.

  5. Scoble Show Online

    If you are interested in the world of tech, you should definitely check out the new Scoble Show on Podtech. He has been videoing tech luminaries for a long time at Microsoft and he’s back at it in his new job at Podtech.
    (Also check out his blog …

  6. Great line-up for your ScobleShow, Robert. Good work! In some videos so volume is a bit bad, that’s may be something that could be improved in future videos. I also have problems in accessing and viewing some of the videos with IE7 RC1 or Maxthon and Quicktime – with Firefox it works just great.
    Looking forward to more of this stuff.

  7. Great line-up for your ScobleShow, Robert. Good work! In some videos so volume is a bit bad, that’s may be something that could be improved in future videos. I also have problems in accessing and viewing some of the videos with IE7 RC1 or Maxthon and Quicktime – with Firefox it works just great.
    Looking forward to more of this stuff.

  8. Love the idea and look forward to it, but where do i subscribe? No feed button on the site? No little orange happy button? What gives.

    Looking forward to the kinks being worked out

  9. Love the idea and look forward to it, but where do i subscribe? No feed button on the site? No little orange happy button? What gives.

    Looking forward to the kinks being worked out

  10. I hope it goes well for you. For me, I think it looks to “businessy”. I doesn’t look like any real persons are involved. I get the feeling somebody is trying to make money of off of me.

    I’ve read and liked your blog everyday for over two years, that doesn’t automatically mean I will trust your company. What do you stand for? What is this show about? Why should I trust you?

  11. I hope it goes well for you. For me, I think it looks to “businessy”. I doesn’t look like any real persons are involved. I get the feeling somebody is trying to make money of off of me.

    I’ve read and liked your blog everyday for over two years, that doesn’t automatically mean I will trust your company. What do you stand for? What is this show about? Why should I trust you?

  12. Having some issues acessing podtech, seems some routing/outage on the way to your nameservers from where I am, annoyingly the administrators of podtech.net put both the nameservers in the same location, pretty bad network design.

  13. Having some issues acessing podtech, seems some routing/outage on the way to your nameservers from where I am, annoyingly the administrators of podtech.net put both the nameservers in the same location, pretty bad network design.

  14. So this looks like it really could work (as opposed to the rambling telephone call podcast of the other other day).

    It seems to carry on the tradition of your Channel 9 interviews (but better — the touch of production added seems to be just right).

    I had some technical issues as well with the subscribing. I am not sure the .mov only format is great either (maybe QT and Windows Media options?) as QT seems less than friendly on my IE7 browser.

    Stay away from rambling telephone calls — do more of this.

  15. So this looks like it really could work (as opposed to the rambling telephone call podcast of the other other day).

    It seems to carry on the tradition of your Channel 9 interviews (but better — the touch of production added seems to be just right).

    I had some technical issues as well with the subscribing. I am not sure the .mov only format is great either (maybe QT and Windows Media options?) as QT seems less than friendly on my IE7 browser.

    Stay away from rambling telephone calls — do more of this.

  16. [...] Mr Scoble got talking with Sun Microsystem's Tim Bray, a co-creator of the XML spec. I've not listened yet, but this interview sounds too good to miss:"Even Tim Bray is blown away at the popularity of XML. He was one of the co-creators of the XML spec back in the mid 1990s and in this audio interview he and I talk about the state of XML and get his views on what the future holds for XML and other derivative formats like RSS and Atom."  Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 9:16 AM by admin Filed under: RSS, XML, Atom [...]

  17. [...] ScobleShow, the new video blog by Robert Scoble, has just launched. This is the big project Robert has been working on at PodTech since left Microsoft to join them. Every few days or so Robert will be posting a new video about internet/web technology, geeks and developers and his debut episode has a segment called “Photowalking”, which features Bay Area photographer Thomas Hawk. photo credit: Scott Beale (Robert Scoble at Lunch 2.0) tags: video (T) , photography (T) , Thomas Hawk (T) , Robert Scoble (T) , video blog (T) , PodTech (T) , ScobleShow (T) , Photowalking (T) posted by Scott Beale on Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 Comments RSS feed | Trackback URL [...]

  18. Diego: the language war is up now.

    C.C.: the feed icon is coming. It’s the #1 thing on my list of things that needs to be done.

    Chris: yes, I’m getting more microphones. That’ll help. One thing because I’m doing all my own camera work I don’t always get the best audio. Gotta do better on that.

    Mitch: >>I doesn’t look like any real persons are involved. I get the feeling somebody is trying to make money of off of me.

    Hmm, I generally am talking about tech and business. Both subjects where they ARE trying to make money off of you. But, did you watch Photowalking? That was pretty non commercial. There will be other things like that that are purely fun. And, none of the people paid me to be on the show.

  19. Diego: the language war is up now.

    C.C.: the feed icon is coming. It’s the #1 thing on my list of things that needs to be done.

    Chris: yes, I’m getting more microphones. That’ll help. One thing because I’m doing all my own camera work I don’t always get the best audio. Gotta do better on that.

    Mitch: >>I doesn’t look like any real persons are involved. I get the feeling somebody is trying to make money of off of me.

    Hmm, I generally am talking about tech and business. Both subjects where they ARE trying to make money off of you. But, did you watch Photowalking? That was pretty non commercial. There will be other things like that that are purely fun. And, none of the people paid me to be on the show.

  20. Robert, great set of interviews, right out of the gate. But for gods sake, please mic yourself! Your name is in the title, I damn well better be able to hear what you’re saying!

  21. Robert, great set of interviews, right out of the gate. But for gods sake, please mic yourself! Your name is in the title, I damn well better be able to hear what you’re saying!

  22. [...] Maar mijn absolute favoriet is het segment “Photowalking” waarbij hij een ronde maakt met Flickr sterfotograaf Thomas Hawk. Hij heeft in totaal een uur video, vandaag is deel één en morgen volgen waarschijnlijk deel 2-4. Ze praten over fotografie en ondertussen maakt Hawk overal foto’s van. Het leuke is dat je die foto’s ook in de video ziet terugkomen, zodat je meteen ziet hoe het er voor hem uit zag. Een heerlijke video voor hobby fotografen zoals ik. Hoe doen de pro’s het. Scoble vraagt of er meer fotografen zijn die hem op een ronde mee willen nemen, dus hopelijk volgen er meer van dit soort video’s. [...]

  23. [...] Whether you like it or hate it, Scoble’s looking for feedback. Rate This Post: Related Topics: PodTech, robert scoble, technology podcasts, video downloads, video podcasting, vlogging, vlogs Related articles: PodTech Announces Scoble Hire; Servers Buckle From Buzz, Al Gore Teams Up With Yahoo! on Vlog Network, Amanda Congdon Vlogs Across America, New WordPress Plugin Lets Viewers Add Comments to Videos, Canadian Podcast Conference Announced [...]

  24. Robert, congrats on the show being up now, btw. I enjoyed the two I watched (Thomas Hawk and language wars). I don’t remember there being any info in the language wars about who those dudes were though – some background info would be nice.

  25. Robert, congrats on the show being up now, btw. I enjoyed the two I watched (Thomas Hawk and language wars). I don’t remember there being any info in the language wars about who those dudes were though – some background info would be nice.

  26. Thanks Robert. I thought the Photo Walking episode came out really well. Looking forward to the next episodes in this series and doing more of these. It really was a lot of fun. I threw another photo of our walk up on Flickr today http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/253375694/ and have a complete set of the walk available in a SmartSet up on Zooomr here:

    http://beta.zooomr.com/smartsets/thomashawk/1913 All the shots are avaiable in high res if anyone wants to download any of them.

    Hope to add more shots to the Zooomr set in the next few days.

  27. Thanks Robert. I thought the Photo Walking episode came out really well. Looking forward to the next episodes in this series and doing more of these. It really was a lot of fun. I threw another photo of our walk up on Flickr today http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/253375694/ and have a complete set of the walk available in a SmartSet up on Zooomr here:

    http://beta.zooomr.com/smartsets/thomashawk/1913 All the shots are avaiable in high res if anyone wants to download any of them.

    Hope to add more shots to the Zooomr set in the next few days.

  28. At first glance, this looks really cool! I can’t wait to test it out more…and will provide my thoughts soon. Great work team!!

  29. At first glance, this looks really cool! I can’t wait to test it out more…and will provide my thoughts soon. Great work team!!

  30. I really like the photowalking, interesting stuff. A pity I have to convert to Divx to watch it, takes a little time. Guess I have to blame myself for hating kwiktime so much…

  31. I really like the photowalking, interesting stuff. A pity I have to convert to Divx to watch it, takes a little time. Guess I have to blame myself for hating kwiktime so much…

  32. He robert

    I’m glad your “back” i’m looking forward to many more enjoyable inside interviews…. You’re questions are often the ones i would like to ask myself.

    Could you do an item about how IT and technology are becomming more and more usefull for sporters (not only pro’s)

    http://www.adidas-polar.com/

    And please try to sneak inside Microsoft once and a while for the scobleshow as well.

  33. He robert

    I’m glad your “back” i’m looking forward to many more enjoyable inside interviews…. You’re questions are often the ones i would like to ask myself.

    Could you do an item about how IT and technology are becomming more and more usefull for sporters (not only pro’s)

    http://www.adidas-polar.com/

    And please try to sneak inside Microsoft once and a while for the scobleshow as well.

  34. A Follow-Up Questions on the First Entry in Scoble’s New Vlog: Must the CEO Blog?

    Blog Business Summit conference speaker Robert Scoble has started an awesome new vlog where he chats with CEO’s of geek-oriented companies. Yesterday, he posted his first interview with Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz who blogs from &#8220…

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  36. Robert, I wish you well with your new show. The bleary-eyed meta video was a great way to kick it off with a personal touch.

    Is there any way you can distribute these files with BitTorrent? These things are friggin’ huge!

    I’m surprised more (any??) torrent-aware podcast clients don’t exist. You should be able to host an RSS feed of torrent files, and even run your own tracker–all for a lot less bandwidth than you’d burn serving up all these files yourself. And ultimately, everyone would get quicker downloads.

  37. Robert, I wish you well with your new show. The bleary-eyed meta video was a great way to kick it off with a personal touch.

    Is there any way you can distribute these files with BitTorrent? These things are friggin’ huge!

    I’m surprised more (any??) torrent-aware podcast clients don’t exist. You should be able to host an RSS feed of torrent files, and even run your own tracker–all for a lot less bandwidth than you’d burn serving up all these files yourself. And ultimately, everyone would get quicker downloads.

  38. Hi Robert,

    Any chance you could add a few additional formats to the list, please?

    Preferably Flash Video embedded on the site so I can watch during my lunch break at work.

    I also can’t play Quicktime on my PDA (another place I listen to/watch video/audio casts for my commute).

    I’d give some feedback on what the show was like.. but err, well… I can’t watch it (for the above reasons).

    Cheers

  39. Hi Robert,

    Any chance you could add a few additional formats to the list, please?

    Preferably Flash Video embedded on the site so I can watch during my lunch break at work.

    I also can’t play Quicktime on my PDA (another place I listen to/watch video/audio casts for my commute).

    I’d give some feedback on what the show was like.. but err, well… I can’t watch it (for the above reasons).

    Cheers

  40. Congratulations on the launch. Quite the explosion of content to get started with, too — nice choice.

    I hope there’s been much rejoicing and active celebrating around your office this afternoon. :)

  41. Congratulations on the launch. Quite the explosion of content to get started with, too — nice choice.

    I hope there’s been much rejoicing and active celebrating around your office this afternoon. :)

  42. [...] I previously mentioned a programming language debate that sort of happened on the spot at Scoble’s OffTheGrid gathering. Well with the release of ScobleShow that wonderfully raw bit of video has been released. I’m too afraid to watch it myself so please tell me how it is (unless it’s really bad then just say something nice). [...]

  43. I’ve got democracy dumping videos to our MythTV setup in the livingroom (think open-source iTV :) ) and my wife and I watched two episodes from the couch tonight.

    A few thoughts:

    1) I’d really love to hear you better. You’ve invested in great cameras, please consider investing in some sort of audio upgrade as well (be it wireless lapel mics, or even just a simple external mic you can set on the table between you and your interviewee)

    2) This is going to be amazing!

    Seriously, that was just about the only criticism I had. We watched the interview with the Sun CEO (very interesting to hear his take on open source Java and why Sun matters) and the JotSpot demo, which certainly caught my interest.

    I’m a geek, so keeping me interested in these topics isn’t hard. The beauty is that Sara said “that looks very cool” after watching the jotspot piece, which means she was engaged and interested!

    Great work and good luck! I think great things are ahead.

  44. I’ve got democracy dumping videos to our MythTV setup in the livingroom (think open-source iTV :) ) and my wife and I watched two episodes from the couch tonight.

    A few thoughts:

    1) I’d really love to hear you better. You’ve invested in great cameras, please consider investing in some sort of audio upgrade as well (be it wireless lapel mics, or even just a simple external mic you can set on the table between you and your interviewee)

    2) This is going to be amazing!

    Seriously, that was just about the only criticism I had. We watched the interview with the Sun CEO (very interesting to hear his take on open source Java and why Sun matters) and the JotSpot demo, which certainly caught my interest.

    I’m a geek, so keeping me interested in these topics isn’t hard. The beauty is that Sara said “that looks very cool” after watching the jotspot piece, which means she was engaged and interested!

    Great work and good luck! I think great things are ahead.

  45. Loving the content, but I can’t hear everything. You have a volume issue. Fill the interview environment with 100 microphones, take all the audio files and convert them all to mono. There will be an echo, but I don’t care because at least I will be able to hear what is being said.

  46. Loving the content, but I can’t hear everything. You have a volume issue. Fill the interview environment with 100 microphones, take all the audio files and convert them all to mono. There will be an echo, but I don’t care because at least I will be able to hear what is being said.

  47. [...] Robert Scoble, wohl der bekannteste Ex-Firmen Blogger weltweit (Ex = ehemals Microsoft Blogger) hat nun sein neues Projekt – beim neuen Arbeitgeber namens PodTech (siehe deren verrückte Aufsteigerstory) – ScobleShow vorgestellt. Es handelt sich dabei um ein Videoblog. Das inhaltliche Konzept ist nicht unspannendt: We invite you to take a fresh look through Robert Scoble’s camera at the geeks, developers, leaders, and media developers who are making our lives better. Every week you’ll see several segments, picked from among these: [...]

  48. Great videos, Robert! And thanks for putting them in a logical format. This is the first time I can see your videos without jumping through hoops and I appreciate it. Already subscribed. Keep it up!

  49. Great videos, Robert! And thanks for putting them in a logical format. This is the first time I can see your videos without jumping through hoops and I appreciate it. Already subscribed. Keep it up!

  50. [...] The importance of Podcasting: Robert Scoble launch ScobleShow, a vpod about technology and Internet with many interventions and interviews of different CEO to learn about business and the new standard: you can watch o download the video content. The last vpod is with Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems. Today there is also another news about Podcast. Now WordPress support Odeo, the platform that i have already talk about here. In order to use Odeo in WordPress you have only copy and past the URL in your address bar like this: [...]

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  52. The ScobleShow

    Robert Scoble the former tech evangelist from Microsoft recently started a new IPTV show called “The ScobleShow.”
    Now I know Scoble gets a lot of flack because he used to work for Microsoft, and also because some people think that he isn’t really a …

  53. Scoble. I love the concept. Hell a while ago I though about launching something similar. But I think we are missing the most important thing. YOU. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll watch the show sometimes for the great stories, companies and demos. But what I want is more of you. Your opinions. Your thoughts. Your wild questions. The same reason I don’t read your blog just to know more about tech, I read your blog so that YOU can tell me more about tech.

    I think you have to put you in the show more!

    Otherwise, keep up the great and inspiring work!

    If you like, I’ll happily cut you and awesome trailer or short clip that could help spread the word about ScobleShow?

    André Hedetoft
    Geek Movie Director
    Help me sell 1000 Save André Hedetoft T-shirts so that I get to make my next movie over at http://www.andrehedetoft.com

  54. Scoble. I love the concept. Hell a while ago I though about launching something similar. But I think we are missing the most important thing. YOU. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll watch the show sometimes for the great stories, companies and demos. But what I want is more of you. Your opinions. Your thoughts. Your wild questions. The same reason I don’t read your blog just to know more about tech, I read your blog so that YOU can tell me more about tech.

    I think you have to put you in the show more!

    Otherwise, keep up the great and inspiring work!

    If you like, I’ll happily cut you and awesome trailer or short clip that could help spread the word about ScobleShow?

    André Hedetoft
    Geek Movie Director
    Help me sell 1000 Save André Hedetoft T-shirts so that I get to make my next movie over at http://www.andrehedetoft.com