Valleywag offers me a job…

It’s interesting how Valleywag can make up all sorts of bulls##t about people and get away with it.

I’m not looking to leave PodTech and have committed to staying there until 2008. I have not interviewed at any company and certainly not Google, Facebook, or USVP. My sponsor, Seagate, has renewed its sponsorship so everyone is happy. And with a new kid on the way I don’t need the stress of starting a new job.

Oh well, suckered into linking to Valleywag with a post that doesn’t have a single word of truth in it (well, it is true that I didn’t graduate from college). Good linkbait! Well played Nick Denton!

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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. I heard you were going to be Barack Obama’s running mate… any truth to that story?

    Hold it, don’t answer yet, let me get some Google AdSense revenue from my comments here first… ah, there we go, now speak into the mic…. ;-)

    jd

  2. I heard you were going to be Barack Obama’s running mate… any truth to that story?

    Hold it, don’t answer yet, let me get some Google AdSense revenue from my comments here first… ah, there we go, now speak into the mic…. ;-)

    jd

  3. Jeremy: I’m still at PodTech and will be for a long time to come. Oh, and if someone thinks John Furrier is a hothead, then they really haven’t worked for many people. He’s Maryam’s favorite boss.

    As to where this story came from. Christopher Coulter are you out there?

  4. Jeremy: I’m still at PodTech and will be for a long time to come. Oh, and if someone thinks John Furrier is a hothead, then they really haven’t worked for many people. He’s Maryam’s favorite boss.

    As to where this story came from. Christopher Coulter are you out there?

  5. LOL.

    Umm… aren’t you working for me too? Just click on my name for where to link to.

    But seriously, this post was a good laugh.

  6. LOL.

    Umm… aren’t you working for me too? Just click on my name for where to link to.

    But seriously, this post was a good laugh.

  7. I don’t see them offering Scoble a job anywhere. So either this is a fireback from Scoble, or they offered it to him via email.

    I can say this. We at BeerCo can get Valleywag the finest Tech Gossiper in Montreal, and possibly Ontario where Leo Laporte tapes his shows for a very reasonable and competitive rate. We can even try to hire people off of Laporte’s show directly for a traveling and aquisition premium.

    Valleywag can contact us for human resources from 9-5 M-F except holidays and we will hook them up with the best person possible.
    More than likely this person will do a better Job than Robert, because they actually care about getting paid.

  8. I don’t see them offering Scoble a job anywhere. So either this is a fireback from Scoble, or they offered it to him via email.

    I can say this. We at BeerCo can get Valleywag the finest Tech Gossiper in Montreal, and possibly Ontario where Leo Laporte tapes his shows for a very reasonable and competitive rate. We can even try to hire people off of Laporte’s show directly for a traveling and aquisition premium.

    Valleywag can contact us for human resources from 9-5 M-F except holidays and we will hook them up with the best person possible.
    More than likely this person will do a better Job than Robert, because they actually care about getting paid.

  9. You probably wouldn’t care about getting paid for what Valleywag would give you though, and that’s why you probably aren’t the best candidate.
    You would probably want a multitude of benefits ect…
    I’m just saying, that’s where our service shines.
    It depends if somebody is looking for a popular person or somebody that works hard doing the job. I can provide the latter, and I have for several companies. Valleywag would get priority if they need human resources.

  10. You probably wouldn’t care about getting paid for what Valleywag would give you though, and that’s why you probably aren’t the best candidate.
    You would probably want a multitude of benefits ect…
    I’m just saying, that’s where our service shines.
    It depends if somebody is looking for a popular person or somebody that works hard doing the job. I can provide the latter, and I have for several companies. Valleywag would get priority if they need human resources.

  11. Not sure how I didn’t know this, but didn’t realize that you didn’t graduate from college. My estimation of you just went up several notches. Seriously…kudos.

  12. “I wouldn’t take $10 a post to make up stuff about other people. Absolutely correct.”

    If that’s what they pay then I can definitely find somebody to take up the position. As long as they can post at least 3 times an hour, and can respect the M-F, 9-5 hours.

    It would be easy to place somebody to read a few RSS feeds and rehash them as funny posts. It would be a pleasure to work with Valleywag, and all of our employees are College graduates. I’m thinking a journalism major here would be more than enough to do it.
    (makes phone gesture with thumb and pinky finger)

  13. Not sure how I didn’t know this, but didn’t realize that you didn’t graduate from college. My estimation of you just went up several notches. Seriously…kudos.

  14. “I wouldn’t take $10 a post to make up stuff about other people. Absolutely correct.”

    If that’s what they pay then I can definitely find somebody to take up the position. As long as they can post at least 3 times an hour, and can respect the M-F, 9-5 hours.

    It would be easy to place somebody to read a few RSS feeds and rehash them as funny posts. It would be a pleasure to work with Valleywag, and all of our employees are College graduates. I’m thinking a journalism major here would be more than enough to do it.
    (makes phone gesture with thumb and pinky finger)

  15. Someone get rid of this BeerCo chump. All he’s doing is spamming for his bullshit company.

  16. Oh, and per the Valleywag post: Robert, you have to quit responding to the “when did you stop beating your wife?” trollbait. Denton is a sleaze.

  17. Oh, and per the Valleywag post: Robert, you have to quit responding to the “when did you stop beating your wife?” trollbait. Denton is a sleaze.

  18. Mark: they’ve written about me and PodTech about 10 times in the past two months and I’ve been pretty good about not responding. This one just demanded a response, though. Too many people started emailing and IM’ing me saying “are you really looking for a job?”

  19. Mark: they’ve written about me and PodTech about 10 times in the past two months and I’ve been pretty good about not responding. This one just demanded a response, though. Too many people started emailing and IM’ing me saying “are you really looking for a job?”

  20. Robert a comment at Valleywag states you terminated Christopher Coulter. Wasn’t Christopher Coulter bragging about suing you??

  21. Robert a comment at Valleywag states you terminated Christopher Coulter. Wasn’t Christopher Coulter bragging about suing you??

  22. @17

    Mark. I was only trying to help. If Valleywag needs a qualified person and they are in such a bind that they have to contact Robert who they previously made fun of, I thought I could help them out by giving them an option for a real employee that would be helpful to them for a reasonable price. Somebody who would take the job seriously.

    I had no intention of offering the service to those who do not need it or wish for it. Had it come out that they were in fact not in need of an employee I would not have mentioned anything.

  23. @17

    Mark. I was only trying to help. If Valleywag needs a qualified person and they are in such a bind that they have to contact Robert who they previously made fun of, I thought I could help them out by giving them an option for a real employee that would be helpful to them for a reasonable price. Somebody who would take the job seriously.

    I had no intention of offering the service to those who do not need it or wish for it. Had it come out that they were in fact not in need of an employee I would not have mentioned anything.

  24. scoble : I think you should stop commenting in that valleywag post. Do you really beleive you can convince people there?

    BTW, what’s the link between coulter & Valleywag? What am i missing?

  25. scoble : I think you should stop commenting in that valleywag post. Do you really beleive you can convince people there?

    BTW, what’s the link between coulter & Valleywag? What am i missing?

  26. Seshadri: nah, you are right, I should just give up and assume everyone will believe Nick Denton.

    Coulter keeps sending stuff into Valleywag about me and PodTech. He’s Denton’s favorite source about me.

  27. Seshadri: nah, you are right, I should just give up and assume everyone will believe Nick Denton.

    Coulter keeps sending stuff into Valleywag about me and PodTech. He’s Denton’s favorite source about me.

  28. Isn’t any press good press though?
    Coulter is making sure your name stays prominent on the internet and thus pushing up your net worth.

  29. Isn’t any press good press though?
    Coulter is making sure your name stays prominent on the internet and thus pushing up your net worth.

  30. John, you crack me up. One reason to do this? This post has about 10x the view rate on Valleywag than a usual post has. Money. Money. Money.

    But, I disagree with you about most bloggers. If I try making something up about someone I’ll have 200 commenters jumping on me in 15 minutes.

  31. John, you crack me up. One reason to do this? This post has about 10x the view rate on Valleywag than a usual post has. Money. Money. Money.

    But, I disagree with you about most bloggers. If I try making something up about someone I’ll have 200 commenters jumping on me in 15 minutes.

  32. Why are you taking that seriously? You have left a dozen comments there. You should just ignore it and carry on.

  33. Why are you taking that seriously? You have left a dozen comments there. You should just ignore it and carry on.

  34. G4 is like the ONLY channel I watch, besides headline news sometimes. The rest of the time I’m at the gym or work or on the PS3.

    I almost started to think G4 was on the decline when I saw Tina Wood and Laura Foy on http://www.on10.net. I was like, why would anybody not on CRACK COCAINE leave G4 to go work for Jeff Sandquist???
    He must have paid them a lot of money, but they destroyed their careers. They’ll never be as famous or as popular as Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Morgan Webb or Adam Sessler now.

    You should check out Leo’s new show on TechTV Canada.
    http://www.labwithleo.com/
    I hate to say it, and I wouldn’t say it to his face, but the only reason people watched Call for help was for Amber MacArthur. His show is so gonna get canceled now.

    At any rate Scoble, if you do make it to G4, you will have hit paydirt.

  35. G4 is like the ONLY channel I watch, besides headline news sometimes. The rest of the time I’m at the gym or work or on the PS3.

    I almost started to think G4 was on the decline when I saw Tina Wood and Laura Foy on http://www.on10.net. I was like, why would anybody not on CRACK COCAINE leave G4 to go work for Jeff Sandquist???
    He must have paid them a lot of money, but they destroyed their careers. They’ll never be as famous or as popular as Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Morgan Webb or Adam Sessler now.

    You should check out Leo’s new show on TechTV Canada.
    http://www.labwithleo.com/
    I hate to say it, and I wouldn’t say it to his face, but the only reason people watched Call for help was for Amber MacArthur. His show is so gonna get canceled now.

    At any rate Scoble, if you do make it to G4, you will have hit paydirt.

  36. @28 “If I try making something up about someone..”

    Didn’t you mean to say “when I do…..”?

  37. @28 “If I try making something up about someone..”

    Didn’t you mean to say “when I do…..”?

  38. #15…Yes you are correct. Too many people with those “pieces of paper” treat them like some sort of entitlement. Education is a start of mind, not a destination.

  39. #15…Yes you are correct. Too many people with those “pieces of paper” treat them like some sort of entitlement. Education is a start of mind, not a destination.

  40. But, I disagree with you about most bloggers. If I try making something up about someone I’ll have 200 commenters jumping on me in 15 minutes.

    That’s still lazy bullshit. You’re saying “Bloggers don’t have to check facts, because TEH MAGICK OF TEH INTARWEB will make it work”.

    that completely ignores the echo chamber of the “Blogosphere” and how people blindly repeat anything an “A-List” blog says without care. Sure, you get it corrected in the comments, but that’s a delta. Then maybe you do a strikethrough, but that’s a delta, and with the preponderance of RSS, it means that people have to re-read that feed. Depending on how often things update, that could be a delta of days.

    You insist bloggers are every bit as good as MSM, but then you lead the cry for them to be held to no standards of fact – checking and research whatsoever, because it’s their AUDIENCES job to do that work FOR THEM.

    Let’s restate that last part:

    You operate on the theory that YOU don’t have a responsibility for fact checking, because it is your readership’s JOB to do that for you.

    That’s bullshit, and you know it, even if you’ll never admit it.

  41. But, I disagree with you about most bloggers. If I try making something up about someone I’ll have 200 commenters jumping on me in 15 minutes.

    That’s still lazy bullshit. You’re saying “Bloggers don’t have to check facts, because TEH MAGICK OF TEH INTARWEB will make it work”.

    that completely ignores the echo chamber of the “Blogosphere” and how people blindly repeat anything an “A-List” blog says without care. Sure, you get it corrected in the comments, but that’s a delta. Then maybe you do a strikethrough, but that’s a delta, and with the preponderance of RSS, it means that people have to re-read that feed. Depending on how often things update, that could be a delta of days.

    You insist bloggers are every bit as good as MSM, but then you lead the cry for them to be held to no standards of fact – checking and research whatsoever, because it’s their AUDIENCES job to do that work FOR THEM.

    Let’s restate that last part:

    You operate on the theory that YOU don’t have a responsibility for fact checking, because it is your readership’s JOB to do that for you.

    That’s bullshit, and you know it, even if you’ll never admit it.

  42. @37 Yea, but I’m not the one calling for accuracy, you are. So, try to stay on point. See comment 40 for a more accurate assessment. Care to rebut Mr. Welch?

  43. @37 Yea, but I’m not the one calling for accuracy, you are. So, try to stay on point. See comment 40 for a more accurate assessment. Care to rebut Mr. Welch?

  44. I never said bloggers are as good as mainstream press. Please cite. In many cases they are faster. In many cases they ARE more complete. But better? I never said that.

    I also never said I don’t have SOME responsibility in all of this. But then I’m not a journalist here on my blog. I’m writing off the top of my head (unless I’m quoting someone).

    If you’re a reader here and you aren’t looking at my comments you aren’t a smart reader and I don’t want you here.

  45. I never said bloggers are as good as mainstream press. Please cite. In many cases they are faster. In many cases they ARE more complete. But better? I never said that.

    I also never said I don’t have SOME responsibility in all of this. But then I’m not a journalist here on my blog. I’m writing off the top of my head (unless I’m quoting someone).

    If you’re a reader here and you aren’t looking at my comments you aren’t a smart reader and I don’t want you here.

  46. Scoble, it’s ok if you never finished college. We love you anyway, and appreciate the times you come and speak. If you want to come back to SJSU, we will let you join our geeky new media club.

  47. Scoble, it’s ok if you never finished college. We love you anyway, and appreciate the times you come and speak. If you want to come back to SJSU, we will let you join our geeky new media club.

  48. I also never said I don’t have SOME responsibility in all of this. But then I’m not a journalist here on my blog. I’m writing off the top of my head (unless I’m quoting someone).

    If you’re a reader here and you aren’t looking at my comments you aren’t a smart reader and I don’t want you here.

    That’s what I thought. Bloggers don’t have to be accurate because their readers will do it for them.

  49. I also never said I don’t have SOME responsibility in all of this. But then I’m not a journalist here on my blog. I’m writing off the top of my head (unless I’m quoting someone).

    If you’re a reader here and you aren’t looking at my comments you aren’t a smart reader and I don’t want you here.

    That’s what I thought. Bloggers don’t have to be accurate because their readers will do it for them.

  50. Robert, just take it as a compliment that people seem to find it nescessary to make up stuff about you ;-). And if you find the need to respond to things like this, just leave it at one comment. Well that would be my advice, cant say what I’d do if I were in your shoes !

  51. Robert, just take it as a compliment that people seem to find it nescessary to make up stuff about you ;-). And if you find the need to respond to things like this, just leave it at one comment. Well that would be my advice, cant say what I’d do if I were in your shoes !

  52. I must take issue with your attack on Christopher Coulter, Robert. I was told about your alleged humiliation and firing of him by one of your former colleagues at Microsoft. Very colorfully, at that. So, your assumption that Chris is the source of any information about you, true or false, that VW gets, could certainly be wrong.

    My understanding is that people were upset that you, the middle-aged tech veteran, treated a youth so harshly. They think it showed a lack of maturity. Perhaps you should be looking at the situation as something you could learn from.

  53. I must take issue with your attack on Christopher Coulter, Robert. I was told about your alleged humiliation and firing of him by one of your former colleagues at Microsoft. Very colorfully, at that. So, your assumption that Chris is the source of any information about you, true or false, that VW gets, could certainly be wrong.

    My understanding is that people were upset that you, the middle-aged tech veteran, treated a youth so harshly. They think it showed a lack of maturity. Perhaps you should be looking at the situation as something you could learn from.

  54. Podesta: I didn’t fire Christopher Coulter. Go back and ask Jeff Sandquist what really happened.

    I DID berate Christopher for something and I was wrong to do that.

  55. Podesta: I didn’t fire Christopher Coulter. Go back and ask Jeff Sandquist what really happened.

    I DID berate Christopher for something and I was wrong to do that.

  56. LayZ: because Sandquist is the one who was standing right there in the BlogHaus and knows what happened. Podesta wasn’t. It sounds like Podesta heard a story that got spread mouth-to-mouth sort of like that old game we played in third grade where the first person in line got told something and then it ended up as something totally different by the time the last person heard it.

  57. LayZ: because Sandquist is the one who was standing right there in the BlogHaus and knows what happened. Podesta wasn’t. It sounds like Podesta heard a story that got spread mouth-to-mouth sort of like that old game we played in third grade where the first person in line got told something and then it ended up as something totally different by the time the last person heard it.

  58. Firsthand, Chris Coulter was not capable of doing his job at Podtech. Robert very generously made an opening for him to grow into his given job. Robert, you were more than kind. Chris responded by leaving without notice when his job required accountability which he could not provide. Shame on you Chris for blaming Robert for your own lack of confidence and skill. You were never treated badly by Podtech, and Robert was super supportive of you … even as you left him hanging!

  59. Firsthand, Chris Coulter was not capable of doing his job at Podtech. Robert very generously made an opening for him to grow into his given job. Robert, you were more than kind. Chris responded by leaving without notice when his job required accountability which he could not provide. Shame on you Chris for blaming Robert for your own lack of confidence and skill. You were never treated badly by Podtech, and Robert was super supportive of you … even as you left him hanging!

  60. Alfred: and remember that Chris stayed at our house for more than a month as a personal guest of ours. Thanks for pointing out that I was a good friend and big supporter of Chris’s. Still am, I offered to give him a good reference (and still do).

  61. Alfred: and remember that Chris stayed at our house for more than a month as a personal guest of ours. Thanks for pointing out that I was a good friend and big supporter of Chris’s. Still am, I offered to give him a good reference (and still do).