Reports of PodTech’s demise are bull####

It’s amazing. A fake blogger, Fake Steve Jobs, reports that PodTech is closing down. This is total, 100% bull####. Not even deserving of a response. I’m not leaving PodTech. When, er if, I am you’ll read it here on my blog.

Interesting that not a single blogger called me this evening. My phone number is on my blog for a reason. 425-205-1921.

Interesting too that OUR COMPETITORS are the ones who are writing this crap. Thanks guys.

Maybe I should start making up 100% bull about them and see what it feels like.

Here, let’s try. Forbes is going out of business and laying off Fake Steve Jobs because he can’t figure out how to make money. I heard it on the Internet somewhere.

And stop making it about me. There are more than 30 people working at PodTech and I only bring in a small percentage of revenues (and my show is highly profitable).

Oh, someone said that I have “long and boring” videos. Here’s my response to that.

158 thoughts on “Reports of PodTech’s demise are bull####

  1. I think many tech readers are already convinced that half the stuff in the tech-media-world (predicting stock prices, product releases dates) is ALREADY made up, and simply take stuff into context.

    I read FSJ’s blog first off the bat first off because he’s entertaining, second because sometimes his flat out guesses turn out to be completely right [his prediction of the multitouch SDK announcement for example three weeks befores Real Steve's open letter].

    That’s certainly not journalism, but guess what, like the Daily Show, many prefer that than “real journalism” pablum we need to get fed.

    That said, do focus your rage on the Techcrunch’s of the world, who do masquerade as “real journalism” … but in doing so qualifiying whatever “restructuring its business and refocusing its resources” means. It’s a rather ambigious, openended statement that on a microblog can (and has!) be interpreted any which way.

    Truth be told, I have no clue why you’d broadcast something like that on Twitter without some immediate follow up on your main blog… maybe you have. In this day and age, writers will take whatever they can and twist it for their readers amusement.

  2. I think many tech readers are already convinced that half the stuff in the tech-media-world (predicting stock prices, product releases dates) is ALREADY made up, and simply take stuff into context.

    I read FSJ’s blog first off the bat first off because he’s entertaining, second because sometimes his flat out guesses turn out to be completely right [his prediction of the multitouch SDK announcement for example three weeks befores Real Steve's open letter].

    That’s certainly not journalism, but guess what, like the Daily Show, many prefer that than “real journalism” pablum we need to get fed.

    That said, do focus your rage on the Techcrunch’s of the world, who do masquerade as “real journalism” … but in doing so qualifiying whatever “restructuring its business and refocusing its resources” means. It’s a rather ambigious, openended statement that on a microblog can (and has!) be interpreted any which way.

    Truth be told, I have no clue why you’d broadcast something like that on Twitter without some immediate follow up on your main blog… maybe you have. In this day and age, writers will take whatever they can and twist it for their readers amusement.

  3. Panamajack: if there really is blood in the water that’s the time to do REAL journalism.

    Only one journalist, Matt Marshall, called our VC so far that I know about. He writes Venture Beat. If you want the facts on companies I’d suggest reading that.

    If you want to read made-up gossip I have a lot of other places I’d recommend.

  4. Panamajack: if there really is blood in the water that’s the time to do REAL journalism.

    Only one journalist, Matt Marshall, called our VC so far that I know about. He writes Venture Beat. If you want the facts on companies I’d suggest reading that.

    If you want to read made-up gossip I have a lot of other places I’d recommend.

  5. Funny,

    This post and all related comments fails to mention what you wrote in a recent Twitter post regarding “the Truth”:

    “Truth is PodTech *is* restructuring its business and refocusing its resources.”

    Can you seriously blame tech-gossip rags for jumping on stuff like this ? It might be irresponsible, it might be bad journalism, it might be read out of context …. but still. It’s juicy, and it smells of blood.

  6. Funny,

    This post and all related comments fails to mention what you wrote in a recent Twitter post regarding “the Truth”:

    “Truth is PodTech *is* restructuring its business and refocusing its resources.”

    Can you seriously blame tech-gossip rags for jumping on stuff like this ? It might be irresponsible, it might be bad journalism, it might be read out of context …. but still. It’s juicy, and it smells of blood.

  7. Robert,

    We all know you are the real deal and the site’s fake. Why the uproar?

    Who cares? The fake Steve Jobs site is fun, like tuning into Fox News. You don’t go there for real information, but rather for entertainment. You remain a role model for me and my serious online PR efforts, and your books are on my shelf.

    Best, Vince

  8. Robert,

    We all know you are the real deal and the site’s fake. Why the uproar?

    Who cares? The fake Steve Jobs site is fun, like tuning into Fox News. You don’t go there for real information, but rather for entertainment. You remain a role model for me and my serious online PR efforts, and your books are on my shelf.

    Best, Vince

  9. Isn’t Duncan the same guy that reported on the China Baidu search redirection based purely on random emails he received from “friends in China”?

  10. Isn’t Duncan the same guy that reported on the China Baidu search redirection based purely on random emails he received from “friends in China”?

  11. Robert, I can see why you’re upset, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep over this — it’s just irresponsible quasi-journalism. How the news spread is remarkable and somewhat alarming — I saw it on FSJ and then watched several other more reputable feeds that I follow report the “news” citing FSJ as their source! I didn’t believe it for a minute because one blogger citing another blogger doesn’t count as a source. If you or someone else from PodTech went on the record in the article, now that would be a different story.

    I think you underestimate the IQ of your readers/viewers in thinking that any of them believed this drivel.

    Hey, on the upside, this completely untrue story by a fake blogger caused 70 comments on your blog and probably drove quite a bit of traffic to PodTech to see if there was any truth to it. Any press is good press, right?

    I think you’re doing a bang-up job, but I would focus your energy on more great interviews and less on these gossip hounds. That way you’ll keep generating content that will keep the viewers coming in droves and sustain PodTech for years to come.

  12. Robert, I can see why you’re upset, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep over this — it’s just irresponsible quasi-journalism. How the news spread is remarkable and somewhat alarming — I saw it on FSJ and then watched several other more reputable feeds that I follow report the “news” citing FSJ as their source! I didn’t believe it for a minute because one blogger citing another blogger doesn’t count as a source. If you or someone else from PodTech went on the record in the article, now that would be a different story.

    I think you underestimate the IQ of your readers/viewers in thinking that any of them believed this drivel.

    Hey, on the upside, this completely untrue story by a fake blogger caused 70 comments on your blog and probably drove quite a bit of traffic to PodTech to see if there was any truth to it. Any press is good press, right?

    I think you’re doing a bang-up job, but I would focus your energy on more great interviews and less on these gossip hounds. That way you’ll keep generating content that will keep the viewers coming in droves and sustain PodTech for years to come.

  13. I’m not making money hand over fist and I’m not PodTech’s highest paid employee. My mom left me quite a bit of money last year, which explains my gadget budget.

    As for how I treat other companies I always give them their say and I always correct my posts if it turns out I made a mistake. I am human, and do make them sometimes.

    But on the other hand I’ve never printed that someone is going out of business.

  14. I’m not making money hand over fist and I’m not PodTech’s highest paid employee. My mom left me quite a bit of money last year, which explains my gadget budget.

    As for how I treat other companies I always give them their say and I always correct my posts if it turns out I made a mistake. I am human, and do make them sometimes.

    But on the other hand I’ve never printed that someone is going out of business.

  15. “And stop making it about me. There are more than 30 people working at PodTech and I only bring in a small percentage of revenues (and my show is highly profitable).”

    Sorry, but you are the highest-profile employee, the highest-paid (by far), and the only “profitable” show. you are the face of the company, like it or not. The good thing about that is the enormous salary. The bad thing about it is that stories about PodTech will be about *you*. You know how that works, you’ve made many stories saying things like “Bill Gates doesn’t get Web 2.0″ when saying “Microsoft doesn’t get Web 2.0″ would be more appropriate.

    *I don’t know what your salary is, but I know that you purchase multiple of high-priced gadgets/computers all the time, without thinking twice about it (three iPhones, AppleTV, multiple Macs TabletPCs, Xboxes, and on and on). So you’re clearly making money hand-over-fist, and I know that PodTech doesn’t make enough money to pay everyone at that same level. Therefore, simple logic leads to the conclusion that you are the highest paid PodTech’er, and it’s not even close.

  16. “And stop making it about me. There are more than 30 people working at PodTech and I only bring in a small percentage of revenues (and my show is highly profitable).”

    Sorry, but you are the highest-profile employee, the highest-paid (by far), and the only “profitable” show. you are the face of the company, like it or not. The good thing about that is the enormous salary. The bad thing about it is that stories about PodTech will be about *you*. You know how that works, you’ve made many stories saying things like “Bill Gates doesn’t get Web 2.0″ when saying “Microsoft doesn’t get Web 2.0″ would be more appropriate.

    *I don’t know what your salary is, but I know that you purchase multiple of high-priced gadgets/computers all the time, without thinking twice about it (three iPhones, AppleTV, multiple Macs TabletPCs, Xboxes, and on and on). So you’re clearly making money hand-over-fist, and I know that PodTech doesn’t make enough money to pay everyone at that same level. Therefore, simple logic leads to the conclusion that you are the highest paid PodTech’er, and it’s not even close.

  17. I would love to be able to say that nothing shocks me anymore, but comments from people like Duncan Riley continue to do so. Duncan – it’s not PodTech’s job to prove to you that something one moron wrote is false. It’s the writer’s job to prove it’s true before posting it. Robert, might be time to start implementing an “intelligent comments only” policy on your blog. Asinine comments from people who don’t understand the first thing about business are a waste of everyone’s time. If they don’t like it, tough noodles – tell them to get their own blog. Hope to see you soon.

  18. I would love to be able to say that nothing shocks me anymore, but comments from people like Duncan Riley continue to do so. Duncan – it’s not PodTech’s job to prove to you that something one moron wrote is false. It’s the writer’s job to prove it’s true before posting it. Robert, might be time to start implementing an “intelligent comments only” policy on your blog. Asinine comments from people who don’t understand the first thing about business are a waste of everyone’s time. If they don’t like it, tough noodles – tell them to get their own blog. Hope to see you soon.

  19. The irony is that Scoble writes a lot of BS concerning the fortunes/demise of other companies, based on next to no evidence, then has the nerve to take umbrage when someone negatively speculates on PodTech’s future.

  20. The irony is that Scoble writes a lot of BS concerning the fortunes/demise of other companies, based on next to no evidence, then has the nerve to take umbrage when someone negatively speculates on PodTech’s future.

  21. @17 “TDavid: why don’t you talk to the CEOs who tell me that being on my videos got them tons of downloads/signups, etc?”

    And you are quizzical as to why someone would think you a shill? I’m guessing every company in SV would love to be on your show. It’s a free commercial for their product. Sort of like QVC for SV. Now, admittedly I’ve watched few, if any of your videos,but just from looking at the inventory they seem to be informercials for these companies. It would be interesting for you to go back to some of these companies in 6 months to a year to see how they are doing or even if they are still in business. Now, that might be difficult for them to want to come on camera in that situation, but it would tend to dispel the shill perception.

    @41 :Damn, I wonder how commercial TV gets away with spending an hour on Paris Hilton or Princess Diana.”

    Not an accurate comparison. 1) Those topics appeal to a broader mass than your topics. 2) That content is more easily consumed than yours. I don’t have to do much of any work to watch those shows. I just pick up my remote and flip to the channel 3)That content is more professionally produced and edited with the design of keeping the audience interested and staying tuned.

  22. @17 “TDavid: why don’t you talk to the CEOs who tell me that being on my videos got them tons of downloads/signups, etc?”

    And you are quizzical as to why someone would think you a shill? I’m guessing every company in SV would love to be on your show. It’s a free commercial for their product. Sort of like QVC for SV. Now, admittedly I’ve watched few, if any of your videos,but just from looking at the inventory they seem to be informercials for these companies. It would be interesting for you to go back to some of these companies in 6 months to a year to see how they are doing or even if they are still in business. Now, that might be difficult for them to want to come on camera in that situation, but it would tend to dispel the shill perception.

    @41 :Damn, I wonder how commercial TV gets away with spending an hour on Paris Hilton or Princess Diana.”

    Not an accurate comparison. 1) Those topics appeal to a broader mass than your topics. 2) That content is more easily consumed than yours. I don’t have to do much of any work to watch those shows. I just pick up my remote and flip to the channel 3)That content is more professionally produced and edited with the design of keeping the audience interested and staying tuned.

  23. Leave Robert Alone! Should I make a video ” Leave Robert Scoble Alone! ” hahaha come on guy’s lighten up… the fact is nobody should be reporting ANYTHING without getting it from the horses mouth – IMHO.

    Keep up the good work Scoble! I love your video’s!

  24. Leave Robert Alone! Should I make a video ” Leave Robert Scoble Alone! ” hahaha come on guy’s lighten up… the fact is nobody should be reporting ANYTHING without getting it from the horses mouth – IMHO.

    Keep up the good work Scoble! I love your video’s!

  25. Having PodTech in this conversations proves that they have a strong brand. Fixing their content problems is easy. Just make good content. I would add that advertisers look for new solutions and PodTech has been pioneering them. I think that PodTech needs to improve in many areas but I don’t think that they are dying. In fact it seems that alot of people care to talk about them. Some ideas to work on PodTech: 1) start blogging add to Roberts voice some good writers, 2) do a good tech show in video – a weekly show and possibly a daily, 3) fix the site – make it a tech media property already. PodTech has proven that it knows how to work with smart leading marketers now please add some media to the video. I want text, audio, and video. You do that you have a winner.

  26. Having PodTech in this conversations proves that they have a strong brand. Fixing their content problems is easy. Just make good content. I would add that advertisers look for new solutions and PodTech has been pioneering them. I think that PodTech needs to improve in many areas but I don’t think that they are dying. In fact it seems that alot of people care to talk about them. Some ideas to work on PodTech: 1) start blogging add to Roberts voice some good writers, 2) do a good tech show in video – a weekly show and possibly a daily, 3) fix the site – make it a tech media property already. PodTech has proven that it knows how to work with smart leading marketers now please add some media to the video. I want text, audio, and video. You do that you have a winner.

  27. fake fake steve: I wasn’t spreading rumors. I was giving opinion and I reported that AFTER the news had broken that Microsoft had bought a piece of Facebook.

    It’s VERY different and I sign my name to EVERY post and I ALWAYS give the other side a chance to be heard.

  28. I posted over on TechCrunch too in support of you. I don’t always agree with you, but on this I do. Duncan doesn’t seem to understand that TechCrunch carries more weight in the industry than BS blogs like FSJ and Valleywag. People take TechCrunch seriously and this harms your and PodTech’s image. Just another reason that I think Duncan is a terrible reporter and only lowers TechCrunch’s viability as a “real” news source. I hope you consider alternative blog news sources instead of giving TechCrunch links on your blog and link blog. You, with your large PageRank, can make a real difference in how many people read this crap.

    BTW, more power to you for making something profitable. I run a small business and wouldn’t take kindly to anyone suggesting I open my books to “prove” that I’m profitable. At the end of the day, the bank account balance grows every month and the debt goes down, and that’s all anyone else needs to know about my financials!

    -Erica

  29. I posted over on TechCrunch too in support of you. I don’t always agree with you, but on this I do. Duncan doesn’t seem to understand that TechCrunch carries more weight in the industry than BS blogs like FSJ and Valleywag. People take TechCrunch seriously and this harms your and PodTech’s image. Just another reason that I think Duncan is a terrible reporter and only lowers TechCrunch’s viability as a “real” news source. I hope you consider alternative blog news sources instead of giving TechCrunch links on your blog and link blog. You, with your large PageRank, can make a real difference in how many people read this crap.

    BTW, more power to you for making something profitable. I run a small business and wouldn’t take kindly to anyone suggesting I open my books to “prove” that I’m profitable. At the end of the day, the bank account balance grows every month and the debt goes down, and that’s all anyone else needs to know about my financials!

    -Erica

  30. fake fake steve: I wasn’t spreading rumors. I was giving opinion and I reported that AFTER the news had broken that Microsoft had bought a piece of Facebook.

    It’s VERY different and I sign my name to EVERY post and I ALWAYS give the other side a chance to be heard.

  31. Just twelve hours before this post, Robert was spreading rumours that Microsoft had beat out Google for a piece of Facebook (which turned out this time to be true).

    Did he have confirmation from anyone at Microsoft or Facebook? No, just the whispers from some unnamed competitors.

    How is this different than FSJ’s post? It isn’t.

    Robert routinely says what ever he wants and lets his audience correct the errors. Seems like that is what FSJ did.

  32. Just twelve hours before this post, Robert was spreading rumours that Microsoft had beat out Google for a piece of Facebook (which turned out this time to be true).

    Did he have confirmation from anyone at Microsoft or Facebook? No, just the whispers from some unnamed competitors.

    How is this different than FSJ’s post? It isn’t.

    Robert routinely says what ever he wants and lets his audience correct the errors. Seems like that is what FSJ did.

  33. Golly, if I only had a dollar for every time you get fired, Robert, or PodTech is close to bankruptcy court, I wouldn’t have to be pitching to VCs.

    Maybe we could have a pool for the next time this happens. I’ve got 20 bucks on December 17th.

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