Intel’s blogger challenge

So, the secret is out, I was the mystery blogger over on the Intel blogger challenge. They offered me a really nice Sony laptop, but I turned it down and did this for free. Call me a sucker but I thought the project was fun enough to participate in without compensation. It is a nice laptop, though. I’ll write more about that later — our deal was that it’s a demo loaner for a month. We’re covering several questions like “why do you blog, what’s your favorite blog, etc.”

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Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people. Best place to watch me is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Comments

  1. Robert – suggestion. Stop refusing gifts or cash for anything – instead make it clear that you’ll accept the “gift” and either donate it directly to a charity, or sell it on eBay and donate the proceeds to charity.

    Hmm – there’s a simple Web Site idea – a clearinghouse that takes “stuff” from people like you and converts it to charitable cash – you name the recipient.

    But really – I wouldn’t say “no” to Intel when you could turn a “yes” into a new free laptop for some worthy organization.

    Rob

  2. Robert – suggestion. Stop refusing gifts or cash for anything – instead make it clear that you’ll accept the “gift” and either donate it directly to a charity, or sell it on eBay and donate the proceeds to charity.

    Hmm – there’s a simple Web Site idea – a clearinghouse that takes “stuff” from people like you and converts it to charitable cash – you name the recipient.

    But really – I wouldn’t say “no” to Intel when you could turn a “yes” into a new free laptop for some worthy organization.

    Rob

  3. Sam: OK, but most of the times gifts to me get reported. So, how do I report that that gift was passed along to a charity? Also, many times the manufacturers don’t let you do that anyway (they don’t want their freebies showing up elsewhere).

  4. Sam: OK, but most of the times gifts to me get reported. So, how do I report that that gift was passed along to a charity? Also, many times the manufacturers don’t let you do that anyway (they don’t want their freebies showing up elsewhere).

  5. I think rory from channel9 is gonna get mad again, because of your gifts, :), by the way i don’t like the way he do the videos.

  6. I think rory from channel9 is gonna get mad again, because of your gifts, :), by the way i don’t like the way he do the videos.

  7. Robert – re tax concern- make it clear when you do the gigs that the items, services, cash, etc. will go directly to the charity of our choice. You would, technically, never be party to the exchange of products, funds, etc. I agree with Rob. It’s far far better to take these gifts. There are lots of important charities out there that can always use a new laptop, monitor, server, software, etc.

  8. Robert – re tax concern- make it clear when you do the gigs that the items, services, cash, etc. will go directly to the charity of our choice. You would, technically, never be party to the exchange of products, funds, etc. I agree with Rob. It’s far far better to take these gifts. There are lots of important charities out there that can always use a new laptop, monitor, server, software, etc.

  9. I know this is totally unrelated to what you just blogged about,

    I’ve noticed at the top of your blog, how it says – “About me”, then immediately below that “Buy from Amazon”!

    Wow! Best Price $12.77 or Buy New $16.47 :P

    looks a bit odd in my opinion :)

    Is it just me that noticed or have others seen it as well?

  10. I know this is totally unrelated to what you just blogged about,

    I’ve noticed at the top of your blog, how it says – “About me”, then immediately below that “Buy from Amazon”!

    Wow! Best Price $12.77 or Buy New $16.47 :P

    looks a bit odd in my opinion :)

    Is it just me that noticed or have others seen it as well?

  11. Dear Mr Scoble,
    I know you are very busy but I think this might interest you.

    The BBC would like to offer you the opportunity to broadcast a special end of year message on the most popular breakfast show in the world.

    The World Today has chosen a select group of leading international figures – including politicians, academics, musicians, writers and scientists – to share their thoughts as the year draws to a close in the form of a greeting card.

    This could be to one person, or a group of people, or indeed the whole world. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, for example, has recorded a message to the detained Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

    The idea is for you to to share your personal thoughts on an issue that has been in your mind this year. The greeting cards will be broadcast on the World Today throughout December. They can be anything from 45 seconds to a minute and a half. (250 words)

    The World Today is the breakfast news programme in English of the BBC World Service, which has a global radio audience of 163 million people.

    regards,
    Ron
    Planning Editor, World Today)

  12. Dear Mr Scoble,
    I know you are very busy but I think this might interest you.

    The BBC would like to offer you the opportunity to broadcast a special end of year message on the most popular breakfast show in the world.

    The World Today has chosen a select group of leading international figures – including politicians, academics, musicians, writers and scientists – to share their thoughts as the year draws to a close in the form of a greeting card.

    This could be to one person, or a group of people, or indeed the whole world. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, for example, has recorded a message to the detained Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

    The idea is for you to to share your personal thoughts on an issue that has been in your mind this year. The greeting cards will be broadcast on the World Today throughout December. They can be anything from 45 seconds to a minute and a half. (250 words)

    The World Today is the breakfast news programme in English of the BBC World Service, which has a global radio audience of 163 million people.

    regards,
    Ron
    Planning Editor, World Today)

  13. The idea that somehow not accepting freebies is a sign of integrity is ridiculous. Robert’s integrity, or lack thereof exists outside of gifts. If he possesses integrity, then a gift can’t change that. If he doesn’t, the lack of a gift or the refusal of a gift will not…’gift’ him with integrity.

    Saying “this person is more trustworthy because they turn down gifts” is a sucker’s bet, and a great way to get manipulated. My opinions of Robert, good and bad, don’t hinge on his toy collection’s source. The world needs to stop accepting face value snap judgments as valid.

    As far as why I have a sit?

    Because the screaming in the car caused by the rampant stupidity of humanity was giving me a sore throat. The internet doesn’t make it better, but it lets me yell in a more efficient manner.

  14. The idea that somehow not accepting freebies is a sign of integrity is ridiculous. Robert’s integrity, or lack thereof exists outside of gifts. If he possesses integrity, then a gift can’t change that. If he doesn’t, the lack of a gift or the refusal of a gift will not…’gift’ him with integrity.

    Saying “this person is more trustworthy because they turn down gifts” is a sucker’s bet, and a great way to get manipulated. My opinions of Robert, good and bad, don’t hinge on his toy collection’s source. The world needs to stop accepting face value snap judgments as valid.

    As far as why I have a sit?

    Because the screaming in the car caused by the rampant stupidity of humanity was giving me a sore throat. The internet doesn’t make it better, but it lets me yell in a more efficient manner.