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.

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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

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  1. It’s really interesting that everyone always jumps on podtech. why is that so?
    and why didn’t the peeps at techcrunch call you? thought you knew each other. this is all going to make it into Daniel Lyons upcoming book :D

    btw. love your videos. keep it up. (although I prefer them shorter, like the edited highlights-videos from your producer)

  2. It’s really interesting that everyone always jumps on podtech. why is that so?
    and why didn’t the peeps at techcrunch call you? thought you knew each other. this is all going to make it into Daniel Lyons upcoming book :D

    btw. love your videos. keep it up. (although I prefer them shorter, like the edited highlights-videos from your producer)

  3. Must be frustrating, but this sounds like a pretty pathetic attempt by your competitors to get some attention. I say ignore it, and keep doing what you guys do best.

    “If they hate, then let them hate and watch the money pile up.” – Maybe not 100% fitting, but it’s what came to mind. :)

  4. Must be frustrating, but this sounds like a pretty pathetic attempt by your competitors to get some attention. I say ignore it, and keep doing what you guys do best.

    “If they hate, then let them hate and watch the money pile up.” – Maybe not 100% fitting, but it’s what came to mind. :)

  5. Good news – I didnt beleive it for a minute. This does however lead me onto another question.

    How does PodTech remain profitable?

    Purley through Sponsership? Perhaps this has been explained elsewhere – apologies if so, just interested to know.

    Nigel

    PS: ditto the above comment – love the podtech stuff (not just Scobleshow) … just wish you had contacts in the UK to do something similar with companies over here (and yes I’ll be your podtech man on the ground in the uk if you want :)

  6. Good news – I didnt beleive it for a minute. This does however lead me onto another question.

    How does PodTech remain profitable?

    Purley through Sponsership? Perhaps this has been explained elsewhere – apologies if so, just interested to know.

    Nigel

    PS: ditto the above comment – love the podtech stuff (not just Scobleshow) … just wish you had contacts in the UK to do something similar with companies over here (and yes I’ll be your podtech man on the ground in the uk if you want :)

  7. monkeyleader: most of PodTech is running like an advertising agency now. Creating content for corporate clients like Intel, HP, Seagate, etc.

    That’s lucrative business and our clients are very happy. Why doesn’t someone call Intel and ask? Oh, right, that’d require doing REAL reporting. Bloggers don’t do that, right?

    Or call my sponsor, Seagate.

  8. monkeyleader: most of PodTech is running like an advertising agency now. Creating content for corporate clients like Intel, HP, Seagate, etc.

    That’s lucrative business and our clients are very happy. Why doesn’t someone call Intel and ask? Oh, right, that’d require doing REAL reporting. Bloggers don’t do that, right?

    Or call my sponsor, Seagate.

  9. I can’t believe you give so much publicity to something Fake Steve says. He’s not “Fake” Steve for nothing.

  10. I can’t believe you give so much publicity to something Fake Steve says. He’s not “Fake” Steve for nothing.

  11. Diego: sorry, but Mashable, TechCrunch, Valleywag, and other bloggers are reporting on what Fake Steve Jobs wrote.

    If you don’t debunk total bull written about you and your business it WILL become true.

  12. Diego: sorry, but Mashable, TechCrunch, Valleywag, and other bloggers are reporting on what Fake Steve Jobs wrote.

    If you don’t debunk total bull written about you and your business it WILL become true.

  13. What competitors are writing this? Techmeme links: TechCrunch, Scobleizer, WinExtra, Valleywag, The Last Podcast, GracefulFlavor and Mashable. Which one is a Podtech competitor? I don’t know nor can I say what (if any) Daniel Lyon’s motivation may be, but last time I check Forbes isn’t a competitor either.

    Scoble: your pissed, and its understandable, but instead of making wild unfounded conspiracy accusations and accusing all and sundry of wrong-doing (like TechCrunch), calm down and show the world that PodTech is doing fine with some hard facts that no one can deny. Financials or something similar…something that says “Lyons is wrong.” As I’ve already asked you on email, and on TechCrunch, we will happily print a rational denial.

  14. Don’t blame Fake Steve for others reporting what he says. It’s everyone else’s fault for taking it seriously. He makes up stuff all the time. Latest thing he’s claiming that Google’s heading for trouble – it’s all meant to be funny and all Fake Steve regulars know this.

  15. What competitors are writing this? Techmeme links: TechCrunch, Scobleizer, WinExtra, Valleywag, The Last Podcast, GracefulFlavor and Mashable. Which one is a Podtech competitor? I don’t know nor can I say what (if any) Daniel Lyon’s motivation may be, but last time I check Forbes isn’t a competitor either.

    Scoble: your pissed, and its understandable, but instead of making wild unfounded conspiracy accusations and accusing all and sundry of wrong-doing (like TechCrunch), calm down and show the world that PodTech is doing fine with some hard facts that no one can deny. Financials or something similar…something that says “Lyons is wrong.” As I’ve already asked you on email, and on TechCrunch, we will happily print a rational denial.

  16. Don’t blame Fake Steve for others reporting what he says. It’s everyone else’s fault for taking it seriously. He makes up stuff all the time. Latest thing he’s claiming that Google’s heading for trouble – it’s all meant to be funny and all Fake Steve regulars know this.

  17. Duncan: we’re a private company. Why the hell should I open my books to you so you can see who is paying my salary and so you can go and make them a sales pitch for how their money would be better spent with TechCrunch?

    TechCrunch is a competitor of PodTech’s. You guys are in the advertising/media business. So is PodTech.

    So is Gawker Media, publishers of Valleywag.

    So is Forbes, who pays Daniel Lyon’s paycheck.

    I guess if Fake Steve Jobs makes something up about TechCrunch or Mike Arrington I’ll just pass it along with attribution and say “I didn’t make that up, I’m just passing it along with attribution.”

    Amazing.

  18. Duncan: we’re a private company. Why the hell should I open my books to you so you can see who is paying my salary and so you can go and make them a sales pitch for how their money would be better spent with TechCrunch?

    TechCrunch is a competitor of PodTech’s. You guys are in the advertising/media business. So is PodTech.

    So is Gawker Media, publishers of Valleywag.

    So is Forbes, who pays Daniel Lyon’s paycheck.

    I guess if Fake Steve Jobs makes something up about TechCrunch or Mike Arrington I’ll just pass it along with attribution and say “I didn’t make that up, I’m just passing it along with attribution.”

    Amazing.

  19. like a commenter on techcrunch said:
    “So to sum up, it’s a unrealistic rumor, reported by a fake blogger who heard it somewhere, supported by nobody else and you reprint it, without asking for a statement from Scoble? And now you ask PodTech to open up their finances so that you are happy?! You really can’t be serious about that.”

    Techcrunch is really going downhill a bit these days. It’s not even in my highpriority-folder in greader anymore. ah well

  20. like a commenter on techcrunch said:
    “So to sum up, it’s a unrealistic rumor, reported by a fake blogger who heard it somewhere, supported by nobody else and you reprint it, without asking for a statement from Scoble? And now you ask PodTech to open up their finances so that you are happy?! You really can’t be serious about that.”

    Techcrunch is really going downhill a bit these days. It’s not even in my highpriority-folder in greader anymore. ah well

  21. Reading above, it seems that PodTech needs to do some serious competitor analysis.

    The current depth of analysis should not pass muster with any self-respecting VC looking at your business plan.

  22. Reading above, it seems that PodTech needs to do some serious competitor analysis.

    The current depth of analysis should not pass muster with any self-respecting VC looking at your business plan.

  23. Techmeme is down so your link doesn’t go anywhere ATM. I went to Techcrunch and got the Fake Jobs link. Had to chuckle at Loren Feldman’s (fake or really him?) comment saying he told you the videos were too long. This had to click your hot button.

    Scoble, with posts like these (and Twitters too), you are going to look really silly *if/when* Podtech really does go out of business. Sponsor revenue is tremendously transitory, anybody in the business knows that. And you’re giving viewers (both prospective and existing ones) another good reason to ignore PodTech by admitting it’s primarily a shill business for advertisers. Why should people sit through overly long commercials?

    (and yes, I know you have the greatest raw footage content in the world, and it’s only for people who want to think — according to you)

    And finally Scoble, you tend to give too much credit to Valleywag, who will print just about anything (it’s the National Enquirer of the web, mon). Every time you mention them, you are promoting them. If you want them to be dead to you then don’t write about them.

  24. Techmeme is down so your link doesn’t go anywhere ATM. I went to Techcrunch and got the Fake Jobs link. Had to chuckle at Loren Feldman’s (fake or really him?) comment saying he told you the videos were too long. This had to click your hot button.

    Scoble, with posts like these (and Twitters too), you are going to look really silly *if/when* Podtech really does go out of business. Sponsor revenue is tremendously transitory, anybody in the business knows that. And you’re giving viewers (both prospective and existing ones) another good reason to ignore PodTech by admitting it’s primarily a shill business for advertisers. Why should people sit through overly long commercials?

    (and yes, I know you have the greatest raw footage content in the world, and it’s only for people who want to think — according to you)

    And finally Scoble, you tend to give too much credit to Valleywag, who will print just about anything (it’s the National Enquirer of the web, mon). Every time you mention them, you are promoting them. If you want them to be dead to you then don’t write about them.

  25. I follow you on Twitter and occasionally here and get the reader’s digest version. I do watch some of the edited ones by Rocky. Podtech is by and large a huge snore to me, sorry for being honest.

    So no, I don’t watch overly long videos on the web unless they are shot in full HD or tell a story. If I’m going to watch something longer than a few minutes, I’ll watch it on the TV. You meet some cool people, I’ll give you that, but you still don’t use the medium (sorry). I’ve told you that before, no sense repeating myself.

    As for the almost million downloads number. While that’s an impressive number, how many of those are machines and real viewers? It’s the whole podcast “who’s listening” thing all over again. You have a huge audience, nobody is saying you don’t, but it’s in a very small niche.

    (and now you’ll tell me it isn’t how many, it’s WHO is watching, got that too)

    None of this should dissuade you from keeping the fight going, Robert. I do admire and appreciate your energy. I just question how realistic you are sometimes.

  26. I follow you on Twitter and occasionally here and get the reader’s digest version. I do watch some of the edited ones by Rocky. Podtech is by and large a huge snore to me, sorry for being honest.

    So no, I don’t watch overly long videos on the web unless they are shot in full HD or tell a story. If I’m going to watch something longer than a few minutes, I’ll watch it on the TV. You meet some cool people, I’ll give you that, but you still don’t use the medium (sorry). I’ve told you that before, no sense repeating myself.

    As for the almost million downloads number. While that’s an impressive number, how many of those are machines and real viewers? It’s the whole podcast “who’s listening” thing all over again. You have a huge audience, nobody is saying you don’t, but it’s in a very small niche.

    (and now you’ll tell me it isn’t how many, it’s WHO is watching, got that too)

    None of this should dissuade you from keeping the fight going, Robert. I do admire and appreciate your energy. I just question how realistic you are sometimes.

  27. TDavid: why don’t you talk to the CEOs who tell me that being on my videos got them tons of downloads/signups, etc? Why don’t you talk to the MySpace executives who told me their engineering teams read my blog and watch my videos? Why don’t you talk to the Google executives who tell me they watch my videos to see if there’s interesting new companies they should buy (they’ve bought two of them so far).

    All my videos are shot in HD, just not distributed that way.

    It’s pretty clear you didn’t watch the latest video if you are saying you got nothing out of it. Go watch that and see if you can look me in the eye and still say what you just said.

  28. TDavid: why don’t you talk to the CEOs who tell me that being on my videos got them tons of downloads/signups, etc? Why don’t you talk to the MySpace executives who told me their engineering teams read my blog and watch my videos? Why don’t you talk to the Google executives who tell me they watch my videos to see if there’s interesting new companies they should buy (they’ve bought two of them so far).

    All my videos are shot in HD, just not distributed that way.

    It’s pretty clear you didn’t watch the latest video if you are saying you got nothing out of it. Go watch that and see if you can look me in the eye and still say what you just said.

  29. “All my videos are shot in HD, just not distributed that way.”

    My bad there, I meant to say: distributed in full HD, not merely shot. I knew you shot them in HD.

    And please don’t put words in my mouth, that’s a lame debate tactic. Robert, I never said I got “nothing out of your videos.” I said they were overly long and don’t use the medium. This is very subjective. You don’t get to tell me what’s good or bad, Robert. Nor do I get to tell you what you feel is good or bad. That’s the breaks in art :)

    Pick your five best long videos (please don’t choose overly commercial ones) to date that actually use the medium. I’ll download, watch and provide you with detailed feedback — at my leisure. You’ll score points if I can see the videos in full HD and not some crippled compressed version.

    During the busy business day I can cover a lot more (text, audio and short vids) in the same time I would have to pay attention to even one of your videos, which is why I don’t — and frankly can’t — watch every one of them. Sorry, no single source is that important. Not the NYT, MTV, Podtech, nobody.

    I encouraged you back in January of this year to open license your raw footage so others can mash the good parts. Since that time you brought on Rocky to help with editing which is great, thank you. That has helped me experience more of your videos.

    But what about other editors than Rocky? What about some guy or gal in their garage (like the Google guys once were) somewhere? Maybe they can make a brilliant mix of your latest, greatest video and share something brilliant beyond what a paid in house editor can do?

    I’m saying you can have the greatest content in the world, but if it’s not mixed down, mastered and packaged, it’s not going to talk to the masses. If that’s ok that you produce 20+ minute outtake versions of Freebird, by all means keep doing it, mon.

    I’m just one person on the web who thinks that more than one editor’s viewpoint would be worthwhile. I am glad that you have at least one editor though :) License, encourage and promote others to mash your raw footage and then see what happens. Then you’ll know what happens.

    Check out Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” video. Over 10 million YouTube views and counting. Very viral. Mixed and mashed and shared millions of times over. Encourage others to do the same with your raw footage.

    Remember how Channel 9 has that feature that allows clipping videos. I found that feature very useful for videos like the ones you shoot. Maybe Podtech could add that feature?

  30. “All my videos are shot in HD, just not distributed that way.”

    My bad there, I meant to say: distributed in full HD, not merely shot. I knew you shot them in HD.

    And please don’t put words in my mouth, that’s a lame debate tactic. Robert, I never said I got “nothing out of your videos.” I said they were overly long and don’t use the medium. This is very subjective. You don’t get to tell me what’s good or bad, Robert. Nor do I get to tell you what you feel is good or bad. That’s the breaks in art :)

    Pick your five best long videos (please don’t choose overly commercial ones) to date that actually use the medium. I’ll download, watch and provide you with detailed feedback — at my leisure. You’ll score points if I can see the videos in full HD and not some crippled compressed version.

    During the busy business day I can cover a lot more (text, audio and short vids) in the same time I would have to pay attention to even one of your videos, which is why I don’t — and frankly can’t — watch every one of them. Sorry, no single source is that important. Not the NYT, MTV, Podtech, nobody.

    I encouraged you back in January of this year to open license your raw footage so others can mash the good parts. Since that time you brought on Rocky to help with editing which is great, thank you. That has helped me experience more of your videos.

    But what about other editors than Rocky? What about some guy or gal in their garage (like the Google guys once were) somewhere? Maybe they can make a brilliant mix of your latest, greatest video and share something brilliant beyond what a paid in house editor can do?

    I’m saying you can have the greatest content in the world, but if it’s not mixed down, mastered and packaged, it’s not going to talk to the masses. If that’s ok that you produce 20+ minute outtake versions of Freebird, by all means keep doing it, mon.

    I’m just one person on the web who thinks that more than one editor’s viewpoint would be worthwhile. I am glad that you have at least one editor though :) License, encourage and promote others to mash your raw footage and then see what happens. Then you’ll know what happens.

    Check out Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” video. Over 10 million YouTube views and counting. Very viral. Mixed and mashed and shared millions of times over. Encourage others to do the same with your raw footage.

    Remember how Channel 9 has that feature that allows clipping videos. I found that feature very useful for videos like the ones you shoot. Maybe Podtech could add that feature?

  31. “but instead of making wild unfounded conspiracy accusations and accusing all and sundry of wrong-doing (like TechCrunch), calm down and show the world that PodTech is doing fine with some hard facts that no one can deny. Financials or something similar…something that says “Lyons is wrong.” As I’ve already asked you on email, and on TechCrunch, we will happily print a rational denial.”

    Sometimes it’s hard to believe the depth of Duncan’s stupidity and arrogance, but then he just goes and confirms it all over again and you’re left wondering how in the world could this guy keep a professional job. The answer is, he couldn’t with a truly professional publication. Which begs the question: Why does Arrington keep him around when he’s obviously a stain on TechCrunch’s credibility?? Is it just because Duncan says the things Arrington wishes he could??? Is he the pitbull’s barking chihuahua?

  32. “but instead of making wild unfounded conspiracy accusations and accusing all and sundry of wrong-doing (like TechCrunch), calm down and show the world that PodTech is doing fine with some hard facts that no one can deny. Financials or something similar…something that says “Lyons is wrong.” As I’ve already asked you on email, and on TechCrunch, we will happily print a rational denial.”

    Sometimes it’s hard to believe the depth of Duncan’s stupidity and arrogance, but then he just goes and confirms it all over again and you’re left wondering how in the world could this guy keep a professional job. The answer is, he couldn’t with a truly professional publication. Which begs the question: Why does Arrington keep him around when he’s obviously a stain on TechCrunch’s credibility?? Is it just because Duncan says the things Arrington wishes he could??? Is he the pitbull’s barking chihuahua?

  33. If people are believing what they read on the Fake Steve Jobs blog that is really a bad sign. Maybe it even means that blogging has “jumped the shark.” I mean it’s a made up blog for entertainment. Why in the world is it showing up in anthing that claims to report news?

  34. If people are believing what they read on the Fake Steve Jobs blog that is really a bad sign. Maybe it even means that blogging has “jumped the shark.” I mean it’s a made up blog for entertainment. Why in the world is it showing up in anthing that claims to report news?

  35. Whoa! Keep at it Robert. It’s all good stuff, opening declaring itself as sponsored content, unlike some blogs I know ;)

    It seems like there are some people here pretty passionate about your content. They’re even acting like people who would pay for it. (Well, some are acting like they forget they get it for free)

    sheesh. ;)
    cheers!

  36. Whoa! Keep at it Robert. It’s all good stuff, opening declaring itself as sponsored content, unlike some blogs I know ;)

    It seems like there are some people here pretty passionate about your content. They’re even acting like people who would pay for it. (Well, some are acting like they forget they get it for free)

    sheesh. ;)
    cheers!

  37. I understand your dismay here, but calling FSJ a “fake blogger” is very untrue. He’s a real guy, and a real writer, blogging under a persona that allows him to stretch the truth just far enough to get people talking about it.

    Why get so upset if he’s just “fake” even if others buy the story?

    Would you yell so loud if the Onion ran the same story? Or is it only problematic because Dan Lyons’ realness means that people will take him seriously? A rumor is harmless unless people believe it, and there’s obviously something non-fake about FSJ that gets people thinking.

  38. I understand your dismay here, but calling FSJ a “fake blogger” is very untrue. He’s a real guy, and a real writer, blogging under a persona that allows him to stretch the truth just far enough to get people talking about it.

    Why get so upset if he’s just “fake” even if others buy the story?

    Would you yell so loud if the Onion ran the same story? Or is it only problematic because Dan Lyons’ realness means that people will take him seriously? A rumor is harmless unless people believe it, and there’s obviously something non-fake about FSJ that gets people thinking.

  39. 99% of why I was pissed is cause bloggers don’t do their homework and don’t bother to call, even when the phone number is so easily available.

    These people are CHEERING against us and that DOES piss me off. I don’t cheer for my competitors to fail and if I heard one was failing I’d hope I’d call him/her up and get his/her side of the story before spreading rumors from some blog that doesn’t even sign a name to it.

  40. 99% of why I was pissed is cause bloggers don’t do their homework and don’t bother to call, even when the phone number is so easily available.

    These people are CHEERING against us and that DOES piss me off. I don’t cheer for my competitors to fail and if I heard one was failing I’d hope I’d call him/her up and get his/her side of the story before spreading rumors from some blog that doesn’t even sign a name to it.

  41. It’s one thing if Fake Steve or Valleywag says something. It’s a whole nother thing if TechCrunch points to it, because then all of a sudden it gets a whole lot more believeable.

  42. It’s one thing if Fake Steve or Valleywag says something. It’s a whole nother thing if TechCrunch points to it, because then all of a sudden it gets a whole lot more believeable.

  43. TDavid. It’s not in there. Thank you very much for lowering my opinion of you.

    I like the content. I find it interesting and sometimes entertaining. Simple as that. We don’t get enough of this kind of stuff in the UK. I wish there was more like it. At any quality in any codec. I’m not that anal about stuff I get for free.

    If I paid for it, that would be a totally different matter.

  44. TDavid. It’s not in there. Thank you very much for lowering my opinion of you.

    I like the content. I find it interesting and sometimes entertaining. Simple as that. We don’t get enough of this kind of stuff in the UK. I wish there was more like it. At any quality in any codec. I’m not that anal about stuff I get for free.

    If I paid for it, that would be a totally different matter.

  45. Okay, I finally got the link to work.

    I don’t understand the attraction of reading a fake person making fake accusations, except that the venom he expresses against successful people makes readers feel better about their own life.

    I suspect this guy’s audience is mostly those who would pay a prostitute to pretend to be somebody else and then be ego-enhanced by her fake orgasms.

    Actually, the biggest thing that surprised me is how poorly this guy writes, given that he’s a professional writer. I guess he’s trying to cop a voice. Not doing a very good job of it, IMO.

  46. Okay, I finally got the link to work.

    I don’t understand the attraction of reading a fake person making fake accusations, except that the venom he expresses against successful people makes readers feel better about their own life.

    I suspect this guy’s audience is mostly those who would pay a prostitute to pretend to be somebody else and then be ego-enhanced by her fake orgasms.

    Actually, the biggest thing that surprised me is how poorly this guy writes, given that he’s a professional writer. I guess he’s trying to cop a voice. Not doing a very good job of it, IMO.

  47. “Diego: sorry, but Mashable, TechCrunch, Valleywag, and other bloggers are reporting on what Fake Steve Jobs wrote.”

    Well then they are not helping your cause by picking up a fictional character’s blog posts and running with them.

  48. “Diego: sorry, but Mashable, TechCrunch, Valleywag, and other bloggers are reporting on what Fake Steve Jobs wrote.”

    Well then they are not helping your cause by picking up a fictional character’s blog posts and running with them.

  49. Dan Lyons has a long trail of not letting truth get in the way of a good story. I just don’t understand why people give him more credence than other second rate comedians.

  50. Dan Lyons has a long trail of not letting truth get in the way of a good story. I just don’t understand why people give him more credence than other second rate comedians.

  51. On the internets bad publicity equals Attention and this didn’t cost you $240 million…..

    Techcrunch linking to a Fake blog as a source is ludicrous and Forbes is finished.

  52. On the internets bad publicity equals Attention and this didn’t cost you $240 million…..

    Techcrunch linking to a Fake blog as a source is ludicrous and Forbes is finished.

  53. Kosso – the UK doesn’t get high quality, entertaining video content? As for what you like, what I like, what others like, etc. already covered that: subjective. Rinse. Repeat.

    I recall you doing some SL-related things, are a fellow coder and now I learned you’re from the UK. Other than that you’re a bit of a question mark beyond the comments you added above (which seemed very fanboyish IMO). I’ll start following you on Twitter and see if we can work on changing this unfamiliarity :)

  54. Kosso – the UK doesn’t get high quality, entertaining video content? As for what you like, what I like, what others like, etc. already covered that: subjective. Rinse. Repeat.

    I recall you doing some SL-related things, are a fellow coder and now I learned you’re from the UK. Other than that you’re a bit of a question mark beyond the comments you added above (which seemed very fanboyish IMO). I’ll start following you on Twitter and see if we can work on changing this unfamiliarity :)

  55. Robert,

    I am having a problem similar to yours in that a mobile java hiring manager at yahoo INC is blocking YahoGo being rewritten as a Mobile 2.0 runtime to allow User created Mobile Widgets in css, html, javascript, and ajax as the way to put new widgets in YahooGO and routing around running out of midlet szie space and heap memory space with a thin client whereas ui and app logic is on server side thus decreasing space and memory taken by app.

    With Yahoo INC hiring managers repeating such false myths as you can replace collections classes in j2me with array classes to reduce GC operations is it any wonder why Yahoo INC innovations are failing..

    Given my Yahoo INC recruiting miss=-adventure the only advice I can give you Robert for going through the Bullsh** is to hope and pray that the wear neck ties…

    HOW DO)ES ONE KILL A FREAKING PURPLE DINOSAUR??!!

    If you have Jerry Yangs phone# and email maybe you should send a clue to him to get his engineering staff on mobile in order as the correct architecture choice for YahooGo given past Yahoo successes in thin clients is to have it as a thin client mobile 2.0 runtime with suer created widgets!

    Robert, sorry for screaming again..

    How to Kill a purple dinosaur to save Yahoo INC??

    Beauty of the YahooGO rewritten as Mobile 2.0 called MobileY! is that it replaces ad revenue lost through search engine market losses..:)

    You would think that would be enough given 4 billion mobile users to get Jerry Yang’s attention

  56. Robert,

    I am having a problem similar to yours in that a mobile java hiring manager at yahoo INC is blocking YahoGo being rewritten as a Mobile 2.0 runtime to allow User created Mobile Widgets in css, html, javascript, and ajax as the way to put new widgets in YahooGO and routing around running out of midlet szie space and heap memory space with a thin client whereas ui and app logic is on server side thus decreasing space and memory taken by app.

    With Yahoo INC hiring managers repeating such false myths as you can replace collections classes in j2me with array classes to reduce GC operations is it any wonder why Yahoo INC innovations are failing..

    Given my Yahoo INC recruiting miss=-adventure the only advice I can give you Robert for going through the Bullsh** is to hope and pray that the wear neck ties…

    HOW DO)ES ONE KILL A FREAKING PURPLE DINOSAUR??!!

    If you have Jerry Yangs phone# and email maybe you should send a clue to him to get his engineering staff on mobile in order as the correct architecture choice for YahooGo given past Yahoo successes in thin clients is to have it as a thin client mobile 2.0 runtime with suer created widgets!

    Robert, sorry for screaming again..

    How to Kill a purple dinosaur to save Yahoo INC??

    Beauty of the YahooGO rewritten as Mobile 2.0 called MobileY! is that it replaces ad revenue lost through search engine market losses..:)

    You would think that would be enough given 4 billion mobile users to get Jerry Yang’s attention

  57. TDavid : no worries. Good idea ;)

    Re: the content, I meant content like PodTech’s, which actualy goes and gets inside technology companies, old and new and talks about what they’re doing.

    I think we met a while ago in SL. I invented BlogHUD (http://bloghud.com) and am also CTO/LeadDev of Podcast.com (http://podcast.com)

  58. TDavid : no worries. Good idea ;)

    Re: the content, I meant content like PodTech’s, which actualy goes and gets inside technology companies, old and new and talks about what they’re doing.

    I think we met a while ago in SL. I invented BlogHUD (http://bloghud.com) and am also CTO/LeadDev of Podcast.com (http://podcast.com)

  59. Gotta say, I agree with TDavid — Scoble, you have some great content and really interesting interviews. In fact, I’d love to watch ‘em. The thing is, because they’re unedited and long-winded, I never have the time or patience. This is something I wrote about in my advice to you on my humble blog: http://hkham.wordpress.com/2007/10/02/advice-for-robert-scoble/

    I’m just a cub tech journalist, but I know how much time during my day I want to spend watching dry tech videos: bugger all.

    The Rocky edits are a good start. Keep walking down that path.

  60. Gotta say, I agree with TDavid — Scoble, you have some great content and really interesting interviews. In fact, I’d love to watch ‘em. The thing is, because they’re unedited and long-winded, I never have the time or patience. This is something I wrote about in my advice to you on my humble blog: http://hkham.wordpress.com/2007/10/02/advice-for-robert-scoble/

    I’m just a cub tech journalist, but I know how much time during my day I want to spend watching dry tech videos: bugger all.

    The Rocky edits are a good start. Keep walking down that path.

  61. hkham: you said on your blog that you’d never watch one of my videos. So, why should I listen to you?

    Did you watch the edited version or not?

    So there’s NO topic that you’d watch for 30 minutes? Really?

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

  62. hkham: you said on your blog that you’d never watch one of my videos. So, why should I listen to you?

    Did you watch the edited version or not?

    So there’s NO topic that you’d watch for 30 minutes? Really?

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

  63. Robert, you are perfectly right to be upset about the rumor. At least the parts of the rumor that call you out to the carpet.

    However, this whole situation has some positive value. It gives you an opportunity to hear varied opinions as to -why- PodTech might go under.

    I am tired of arguing the “are Bloggers Journalists” thing. Depending on which way the wind is blowing we all change our stripes on that one. You can’t expect people who only occasionally consider themselves traditional journalists to do primary research. You can wish that they did but that is about it.

    What I will say is that PodTech -can- be improved, and many of the comments you received here could be passed along to those who can do something about it.

    Everyone needs to start taking these things less personally. Ignore the noise and make some use of the signal.

  64. Robert, you are perfectly right to be upset about the rumor. At least the parts of the rumor that call you out to the carpet.

    However, this whole situation has some positive value. It gives you an opportunity to hear varied opinions as to -why- PodTech might go under.

    I am tired of arguing the “are Bloggers Journalists” thing. Depending on which way the wind is blowing we all change our stripes on that one. You can’t expect people who only occasionally consider themselves traditional journalists to do primary research. You can wish that they did but that is about it.

    What I will say is that PodTech -can- be improved, and many of the comments you received here could be passed along to those who can do something about it.

    Everyone needs to start taking these things less personally. Ignore the noise and make some use of the signal.

  65. Steve: that’s great advice. I am learning and it is, indeed, useful to hear how people view your work. My post on “long and boring” videos was a reaction to what I was seeing.

  66. Steve: that’s great advice. I am learning and it is, indeed, useful to hear how people view your work. My post on “long and boring” videos was a reaction to what I was seeing.

  67. Success breeds contempt. Plain and simple. They are jealous of the success of PodTech and that has given rise to their contempt of your company and your business model.

    That’s what is behind FSJ’s writing of the demise of Podtech.

    But you will have the last laugh, won’t you?

  68. wow. so much brouhaha in the comments that I can barely follow.

    Robert – you’re a good dude with a big heart that does great work. Ignore the perception, just put your head down and go to work. ;-)

    Let your successes speak for themselves — getting caught in a “perception” game (especially in an echo chamber) can only waste your time and energy.

    Cheers and smile! ;-)

  69. Success breeds contempt. Plain and simple. They are jealous of the success of PodTech and that has given rise to their contempt of your company and your business model.

    That’s what is behind FSJ’s writing of the demise of Podtech.

    But you will have the last laugh, won’t you?

  70. wow. so much brouhaha in the comments that I can barely follow.

    Robert – you’re a good dude with a big heart that does great work. Ignore the perception, just put your head down and go to work. ;-)

    Let your successes speak for themselves — getting caught in a “perception” game (especially in an echo chamber) can only waste your time and energy.

    Cheers and smile! ;-)

  71. Steve: the thing about bloggers is that we all want to be taken seriously and want to get more audience (at least I know that is true of Mike Arrington and other bloggers who are trying to make businesses around content like me). Traditional journalists are figuring out how to create content for the Internet at a very fast rate. So, if bloggers want to keep their businesses (and that includes me) we’ve got to play a better game than we’ve been playing.

  72. Steve: the thing about bloggers is that we all want to be taken seriously and want to get more audience (at least I know that is true of Mike Arrington and other bloggers who are trying to make businesses around content like me). Traditional journalists are figuring out how to create content for the Internet at a very fast rate. So, if bloggers want to keep their businesses (and that includes me) we’ve got to play a better game than we’ve been playing.

  73. Mike: none of us escape this game laughing if you really think about it. I’m just trying to do the best job I can and sometimes that isn’t good enough and lots of times it is.

    If you’re right, though, I think it’s sad that people get jealous. I’m not jealous of other people’s success. It just shows me there’s opportunity that I am not reaching.

  74. Mike: none of us escape this game laughing if you really think about it. I’m just trying to do the best job I can and sometimes that isn’t good enough and lots of times it is.

    If you’re right, though, I think it’s sad that people get jealous. I’m not jealous of other people’s success. It just shows me there’s opportunity that I am not reaching.

  75. -I- agree with that.

    The problem is that on a whole, our industry only buys into journalistic integrity when it is convenient for them to do so.

    The fact of that matter is that they can get away with it because when all is said and done there is no editor or oversight to call them on it. That’s the beauty of blogging.

    We should take ourselves more seriously, but while we are at it maybe it is time for yet another discussion about what the “point” of blogging is and how it is different than journalism. I suspect if you asked the question, you’d get some interesting responses.

  76. -I- agree with that.

    The problem is that on a whole, our industry only buys into journalistic integrity when it is convenient for them to do so.

    The fact of that matter is that they can get away with it because when all is said and done there is no editor or oversight to call them on it. That’s the beauty of blogging.

    We should take ourselves more seriously, but while we are at it maybe it is time for yet another discussion about what the “point” of blogging is and how it is different than journalism. I suspect if you asked the question, you’d get some interesting responses.

  77. […] That being said: let’s talk about PodTech, the struggling vlog content production/distribution company noteable mainly for its hiring of Robert Scoble away from Microsoft. Word on the street is that PodTech is “restructuring/refocusing/etc.” – initially reported as a coming closure by Daniel Lyons, gleefully repeated by TC, and finally responded to via tweet and vitriolic hyperbolic scoble-post. […]

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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

  84. 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

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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!

  89. 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!

  90. @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.

  91. @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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. “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.

  97. “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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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”?

  103. 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”?

  104. 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

  105. 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

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. Man history has made an ass and liar out of you! What a joke your comments above have now become! Go FSJ!