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Robert Scoble has been at 13 events

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Ugo Cei73,739Hot on the heels of Olympus' announcement of the new version of one of the best-selling cameras in the mirrorless segment, the OM-D EM-5, we are hosting a special panel discussion about it. Among our guests there will be @117532820310402371002 of mirrorlessons.com, who just published his review, @101192074672321711384 of mirrorlessjourney.com, and others. Tune in at 4PM CET/3PM UK/9AM Eastern to hear all about this new exciting camera.The State of Mirrorless Special Event – The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II2015-02-06 16:00:0051  
Web Summit1,379UPDATE: We're now live on air! Join us with Robert Scoble here: https://plus.google.com/events/clamgmumluo8fn1p774oobqeeg4 -- Robert Scoble has a sixth sense when it comes to technology conferences, but for most of us maximising ROI at a tech conference can be a perplexing challenge. Robert is going to share some of his insider knowledge from his vast experience on how to better plan in advance, execute on the day, and improve follow up from tech conferences. Join the community for this 30 minute hangout this Monday 6th October at 5pm Dublin time (GMT +1). We will be sharing the link to the hangout in this event 1 hour before it's due to go on air.How To Hack a Conference: Inside Secrets with Robert Scoble2014-10-06 17:00:00958  
Robert Scoble6,778,645@104987932455782713675 and I are talking about how the filters work on Facebook and why they aren't as nice to photographers as Google+ is.  Which got me a ton of questions about my feed, and what I'm seeing/learning about how the filters work and how to "game" them to get things through to more people's feeds on Facebook. I'm linking to here from Facebook, so there. This one is for the Facebook fans (or haters)2014-08-07 01:11:30140  
Robert Scoble6,778,645First look at NAVDY, a new heads up display coming next year for $299. Learn more at http://www.navdy.com but here is founder/CEO Doug Simpson.New heads up display for your car2014-08-05 18:36:3749  
Rackspace609,903Join Racker @101507051046049574782  on this week's @100698655987920162334 Office Hours Hangout as we discuss Mobile Strategy and the impact that the mobile movement is having on business and technology! We will be joined by a hand full of Rackers with experience in our Mobile approach as well as the broader mobile development world! We are looking forward to discussing the importance of developing a mobile strategy as well as some practical tips and lessons learned from our organization! So bring your questions to this interactive hangout.Why you should care about your business’ mobile strategy2014-05-22 20:00:0024  
Robert Scoble6,778,645I am hanging out with Jeff Stevens. Back in the 1980s he was the first CTO on Wall Street, when he worked for Merrill Lynch. Today he's keeping abreast of contextual technologies and Bluetooth Smart Beacons, and we have a discussion about where businesses could use such.Hanging out with first CTO on Wallstreet2014-04-11 21:12:2826  
Rackspace609,903Come join @100698655987920162334's Startup Liaison Officer @111091089527727420853 and Rackers @101507051046049574782 and @100903393398867345579 as they discuss the ways that Cloud Computing has changed the business and technology of Startup Culture.  This will be a live Hangout On Air, and will include a Question and Answer session. Bring your questions for Robert and the team.Robert Scoble on the Impact of Cloud Computing on Startup Culture2014-04-10 20:00:0024  
Robert Scoble6,778,645Join Robert Scoble and Shel Israel for the launch of their new book, Age of Context, which is about how sensors, wearable computers, machine learning, social, and location data are changing our world, our privacy, and bringing us highly assistive and personalized products and services. Everyone is invited. To RSVP, please visit EventBrite at http://ageofcontext.eventbrite.com/Age of Context Book Launch with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel2013-11-07 18:00:0083  
MediaShift588,127It’s a scary but exciting world for newspaper owners right now, especially if you’re in a selling mood. Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, bought the Washington Post last week (while our podcast was on vacation — great timing!), and Red Sox owner John Henry bought the Boston Globe before that. As newspapers continue to struggle to raise advertising or subscription revenue, will the journalism industry be aided or hindered when it’s owned by billionaires? Special guests Nick Wingfield from the New York Times and Jack Shafer from Reuters join this week’s episode of the Mediatwits. MediaShift’s +Mark Glaser hosts, along with Mónica Guzmán from the Seattle Times and GeekWire, Ana Marie Cox from the Guardian and Andrew Lih from American University.Mediatwits #90: When Billionaires Buy Newspapers2013-08-16 19:30:0017  
MediaShift588,127Google Glass could have a transformative effect on journalism. But it’s important to examine the shortfalls as well as all the great new advancements, both real and prophesied. Special guests +Tim Pool of Vice, +Robert Scoble of Rackspace, +Sarah Hill of Veterans United, +Jeff Jarvis of CUNY and +Robert Hernandez of USC will join our roundtable. They are all early adopters of Google Glass as well as social media and journalism experts, and will talk about their experiences with the device and what they see as its strengths and weaknesses for the future of journalism. MediaShift’s +Mark Glaser hosts, along with +Ana Marie Cox  from the Guardian and +Andrew Lih of American University. Mediatwits #89: Google Glass: Revolutionizing News or Public Annoyance?2013-08-02 19:30:0021  
Google Developers2,068,780Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners.Google I/O 20132013-05-14 23:00:005059  
Trey Ratcliff8,419,968*Meeting Time:*  5:30 PM PT on May 14 *Meeting/Starting Location:*  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls  *Route Map:* http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9  *Ending Location:*  Union Square on the Geary Street Side *Hashtag:*   #GlassPhotoWalk   *How to Win Google Glass:*  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for @118191303233704861327 to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number!  Join @104987932455782713675 and @105237212888595777019 for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you! *The Plan*: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan: - _Focus on PhotoWalkers:_  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative! - _Photo Lessons_ - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera. - _Need Photo Advice_ - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help! - _Sharing_ - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with #GlassPhotowalk    We'll have a TON more details soon...  this will be a great celebration of photography! *Watch Live:* Can't make it?  @112471890387110967375 will be hosting a @106837773805813749834 session.  I'll share it live to my stream too! *What to Bring:* Any camera will do - from a mobile phone to a big DSLR.  It's all good! :) *Party Mode:* Put your Android or iPhone into Party Mode for the event! This means photos you take will be auto-uploaded to the event! Just see this video at http://goo.gl/VA858 in case you don't know how to do this.Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001374  
Google Science Fair2,764,324*The Science of Photography* Digital photography offers amazing flexibility to capture and modify images. But how does the science of photography actually work? What are the basic principles of light, and how do they affect how photographers shoot? How do different cameras and lenses capture images differently? And how do software tools change the way those images are ultimately viewed? Come to this Hangout On Air with +Trey Ratcliff, the world-class photographer whose work is displayed at StuckInCustoms.com. He will be interviewed by +Robert Scoble, well-known blogger, technology analyst, and amateur photographer, as well as our very own Google Student Ambassadors. Here's your chance to learn about the science behind those amazing images. Have questions for our guests? Post comments on Google+ with #GSF2013. Tuesday, May 7, 2:00PM PT / 4:00PM CT / 5:00PM ET / 2200 GMT / 2300 CE / 900 NZT (8 May) ---------- *Find out more about the #GSF2013 Hangout series:* goo.gl/H0pNq *Official Google Science Fair website:* http://goo.gl/FU1hyTrey Ratcliff - Google Science Fair 2013 Hangout On Air2013-05-07 23:00:00643  

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2014-09-16 23:10:07 (151 comments, 25 reshares, 299 +1s)Open 

A former friend blocked me: what I learned about myself

First, some of you might know who I'm talking about. Please don't post his name or other identifying information here unless he uncloaks here. I don't want this to be about him. Even though he's been writing about me on his blog (which I learned because lots of people read both of us).

Damn, that hurt. This is a guy I know well, I won't go into it more than that. But I looked at why it hurt for the past few days and thought I would share what I learned about myself.

My son, +Patrick Scoble, told me "you both are difficult," while trying to get us both to calm down. So, this is a learning opportunity. 

This guy has his reasons for blocking me, in looking at my behavior, I don't agree with him, but that doesn't really matter in the end analysis. Now that thefr... more »

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2014-10-04 18:14:58 (24 comments, 46 reshares, 449 +1s)Open 

The new BMW i8 is stunning. This $127,000 supercar came to dinner last night thanks to Anton Wahlman, who is an auto analyst for http://www.thestreet.com

It sure drew a crowd! How many company founders can you spot? Last night we had people who started Activision, Eightly, Macromedia, Crowded Rocket, and a few other companies there.

What a car. Way out of my budget, but if I had the money this is a hell of a way to spend it.

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2015-04-08 03:47:36 (58 comments, 22 reshares, 580 +1s)Open 

After two months off of posting to the Internet I am coming back tonight. Here's a little photo story from a portion of our family trip where we drove 5,000 miles through six states. All of this was automatically done by Google+. Love it!

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2015-07-04 18:44:14 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

A NEW WAY OF SEEING (Life and Tech #9)

Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 This one was sent out on June 4th.

I just got back from spending two days with Innovation Endeavors at its “Curiosity Camp” in the middle of the redwoods near Santa Cruz. 

Rackspace sends me to stuff like this so that I can find new ways of doing business and bring those insights back to the company. This is Eric Schmidt’s VC firm. They are investing in innovations that are changing our world in a range of things from bio medicine, to agriculture, to machine learning.

One commonality behind everyone I met is that they don’t accept that we have to look at the world the same way that we used to. Thanks to technology, many are rethinking, well, everything about their industries. Farmers are planning on aworld wh... more »

A NEW WAY OF SEEING (Life and Tech #9)

Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 This one was sent out on June 4th.

I just got back from spending two days with Innovation Endeavors at its “Curiosity Camp” in the middle of the redwoods near Santa Cruz. 

Rackspace sends me to stuff like this so that I can find new ways of doing business and bring those insights back to the company. This is Eric Schmidt’s VC firm. They are investing in innovations that are changing our world in a range of things from bio medicine, to agriculture, to machine learning.

One commonality behind everyone I met is that they don’t accept that we have to look at the world the same way that we used to. Thanks to technology, many are rethinking, well, everything about their industries. Farmers are planning on a world where they will have 50 sensors per acre of land. I heard at camp that today most farms don’t have any sensors at all. DuPont is planning on radically changing that over the next decade. Cloud computing, synthetic biology, machine learning and other technologies are shifting how we can look at the world in a big way, in industries that you might not think of.

Just look at the people I’ve met in the past week and how they are looking at their industries differently thanks to a variety of technologies:

Alexander Green of Sugar Cubes: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153324143764655/ He wanted to make a new kind of light display for nightclubs and music festivals. Built his own cubes, added LEDs, and a ton of programming and the result is beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it.

…or there is Des Power of Harman: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153317073444655 He runs a billion-dollar business selling speakers and home entertainment products with names like JBL on them. Brought 50 designers to Shenzhen, China, and started winning design awards, not to mention seeing increased sales. Why? Because innovation is about rapid iteration, and locating designers near the factories of Shenzhen shortened the time to get a new product out the door. They now do it in 22 weeks from start to finish.

Asher Levine is one of the top fashion designers in the world. You’ve seen his work on Beyonce, Wil.i.am and many other celebrities. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153324112029655&set=a.458123019654.251938.501319654&type=1 How does he look at the world differently? His mom taught him how to sew when he was six and now he stitches LEDs, sensors, and other technology into clothing for performers.

Anthony Sabbadini, founder of SCTracker, thought there was a new way to “see” supply chains. So, he built this, which shows where products are being built in real time thanks to GPS: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153311873299655/
 
Janna Bastow, cofounder/CEO of Product Pad, knew there was a better way to track ideas. Her tool lets you prioritize ideas and track them from start to finish.
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153326453309655/
 
Ash Eldritch, cofounder and CTO at Vital Medicals knew that wearable computers would change how surgery is done. His system lets doctors and surgeons see information right on top of their real-life patients – just picture that for a second –which gives them fewer distractions and helps them perform surgery in huge new ways. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153330329514655 Next Tuesday ODG (the glasses they use) will announce new versions that will help architects and others see the world in new ways too.

Yair Bar-on, founder of TestFairy, knew that developers needed to “see” the feedback from their beta testers in a new way. https://www.facebook.com/yairbaron/posts/10153402041011514 How? Apps delivered to beta testers (not for production) record their users so that developers can do things like go back and learn what part of the app they were using when a crash happened, or look at how a user got stuck, or examine why something didn’t display properly.

SpaceKnow lets you see satellite imagery in a new way. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153330473834655 This impacts governments and companies that want to watch specific places on the earth for, say, economic data.

Richard Titus knew there was a new way to do scheduling and payments for small small time-based businesses, so invented Prompt.ly: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153326438509655/

Yosi Taguri hated how his phone worked, so invented Yallo, which changes the dialer on Android and adds a ton of useful features, including new ways to see people calling you. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153308227484655/

Ben Larralde wanted to have a different community for Internet of Things, so he developed Hackster. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153311567299655/

Pat White, CEO of Sonata, thinks Enterprise Search needed a fresh approach. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153311545314655/ Cloud technology and machine learning let him look at the problem in a new way.

Can everything be reimaged thanks to technology? I believe so. Even Johnnie Walker whisky is now using IoT technology: http://www.cio.com/article/2926218/innovation/why-johnnie-walker-joined-the-internet-of-things.html

This is just the beginning. Based on what I saw at Curiosity Camp, there’s no sign of this rapid innovation slowing any time soon!  

How are you using technology to reimagine your world? Let me know!
 
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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!
 
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2015-07-04 18:39:30 (8 comments, 12 reshares, 172 +1s)Open 

The big debate: VR vs AR

Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." About what I'm seeing as I visit innovators around the world. You can subscribe here, this one was sent out June 11th.

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Disclaimer: I love Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), both are highly interesting to me. If they aren’t interesting to you, skip the first section of this newsletter and head down to the future of the cloud section.

(I almost made this about Apple, but I couldn’t bring myself to talk about its music service. Instead I’ll send you to Bob Lefsetz, music industry analyst, who says “it’s toast:” http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2015/06/10/apple-music/That said, the new Watch OS is nice, but won’t matter to most of us until later this year when it ships).
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The big debate: VR vs AR

Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." About what I'm seeing as I visit innovators around the world. You can subscribe here, this one was sent out June 11th.

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Disclaimer: I love Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), both are highly interesting to me. If they aren’t interesting to you, skip the first section of this newsletter and head down to the future of the cloud section.

(I almost made this about Apple, but I couldn’t bring myself to talk about its music service. Instead I’ll send you to Bob Lefsetz, music industry analyst, who says “it’s toast:” http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2015/06/10/apple-music/That said, the new Watch OS is nice, but won’t matter to most of us until later this year when it ships).

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Last night on stage at the AWE conference in Santa Clara I was part of a raucous debate: AR vs VR.

I argued that in 2016 the world belongs to VR. But lets define terms. VR, to me, is instantiated in a modern set of products from Oculus Rift, Valve Vive, Samsung Gear VR, Merge VR, to Google Cardboard. In these products you do NOT see the real world. Or, if you do, it’s through a camera that is then mixed into a virtual image. For instance, see this demo of Occipital’s new Structure Sensor:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153351610144655/ Here a viewer wears a device that ONLY shows him virtual images, and you can’t see through it to the real world.

AR on the other hand, means that I look through screens to the real world. So, I see virtual items overlaid on the real world. I don’t believe that AR will be widely used in 2016 by consumers. For a good look at the state of the art of AR systems, watch my video where you see ODG’s latest R7 glasses. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153345275139655/ These are quite stunning, more on them in a second.

The reason consumers will largely go with VR in 2016 and not AR comes down to two things:

1. Emotional tie. When I watched people coming out of Oculus Rift demos at CES they said things like “holy shit” or “wow” as they exited. People are getting close to that kind of emotionality when they see things like ODG and Hololens, but not at the same rate. Why? Oculus is highly immersive. It gave me vertigo. In fact, one of the fears of these things is that they will give you motion sickness. But a product that can make you feel like you’re about to die because of a fall, or make you ill from motion, has an upside: you’ll tell all your friends to come over and check it out.

2. Price. ODG’s glasses are $2,700. Hololens? Don’t yet know. But even Oculus is going to be hard for consumers to swallow (a complete system is $1,500). Serious video gamers, though, are used to paying a lot for their hobby, and, since Oculus and Valve’s VR systems are going to be aimed at those people, they probably will do quite well.

3. Content. Let’s be honest, it’s a lot easier to create content for a VR system than overlay a virtual image on top of the real world and have it be compelling. I know lots of people are working at companies like Meta, ODG, Microsoft Hololens, and Magic Leap to bring a compelling use case to AR, but they just aren’t ready yet.

4. Technology expectations. Users will put up with a LOT of latency on head tracking units where they won’t put up with the same latency on AR systems. How do I know that? Meta’s CTO told me that. Getting latency down (the lag you’ll feel when you move your head around) will be a much harder technological challenge, which means the price will remain fairly high until Moore’s law flips a couple more times).

Now, that said, if you extend the timeline beyond 2016, then I agree that AR starts to be very attractive and, I assume, all the VR systems will merge into some form of AR system anyway.

Businesses will want to get into AR systems sooner, I believe. ODG is already being used by surgeons and mechanics, amongst other enterprise users, to do various tasks. Those use cases don’t mind the $2,700 price point and other limitations.

Who is winning already? Mobile-based AR, with companies like Blippar. Here I interview Blippar’s CEO, who is already seeing $80 million of annual sales.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153350520704655/ In two weeks he’s turning on a new platform that will let businesses grab control of their logos and images and convert searches onto those things into customers.
 
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KVM’s creator, Benny Schnaider, tells me the future of the cloud. He’s building a new virtualization system and says our current applications aren’t designed for the cloud and he’s looking to build a system that goes beyond containers. (Three part video): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153353692624655/

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The future of network security with the founder of Observable Networks.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153350170829655/ Catches people doing naughty stuff by doing endpoint modeling. Here, CTO Patrick Crowley explains what that is.

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Contextual systems and privacy debate: https://youtu.be/UGwRdb99f9s experts in the industry, Babak Hodjat, Joe Braidwood, Gary Davis, Chris Arkenberg, Vinod Sirimalle. Thanks Mario Garate Tapia for organizing this great event! The good stuff starts at about 15 minutes in.

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Future of Contextual marketing with NextUser: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153350595734655/ Ecommerce sites can radically change and improve ROI with a system like NextUser's.

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New optical pen is cool: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153342268984655/

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First look at new Sphericam, 360-degree video camera coming later this year.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153341853324655/

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Do you have kids? Here is a great way to keep memories from them around in a private way: Keepy. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153333504864655/?type=2
 
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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!
 
Please pass this newsletter around. If you have gotten it, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5___

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2015-07-04 18:13:56 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

JOKE STARTUPS

Happy Fourth of July. Instead of posting something pro USA, I figure I'll just give you a few of my newsletters. This one was sent out last week. You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 (a new one sent every Thursday).

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I still remember when I first saw Yo (I was the first outsider to talk about it in public). The full launch story is here: http://venturebeat.com/…/how-yo-became-one-of-the-most-vir…/ ).
Back when I talked about it on Facebook, I said, “this is the stupidest app I can’t remove off of my phone.” When Moshe Hogeg, Yo's founder, first showed it to me, I think he said something like, “want to see something fun?”

It was a joke back then, built to help him tell his assistant to call him. After that it got on Product Hunt, then it got funded, and today it's an app that isactually usef... more »

JOKE STARTUPS

Happy Fourth of July. Instead of posting something pro USA, I figure I'll just give you a few of my newsletters. This one was sent out last week. You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 (a new one sent every Thursday).

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I still remember when I first saw Yo (I was the first outsider to talk about it in public). The full launch story is here: http://venturebeat.com/…/how-yo-became-one-of-the-most-vir…/ ).
Back when I talked about it on Facebook, I said, “this is the stupidest app I can’t remove off of my phone.” When Moshe Hogeg, Yo's founder, first showed it to me, I think he said something like, “want to see something fun?”

It was a joke back then, built to help him tell his assistant to call him. After that it got on Product Hunt, then it got funded, and today it's an app that is actually useful. It “Yo’s” me on my phone when, for instance, the stock market goes up or down by 100 points, or there is a big earthquake somewhere, or a Techcrunch article gets 200 retweets. There are hundreds of things you can add to it.

But it isn’t the only “stupid sounding” startup that I’ve seen lately.
Goodnight poop from Throwboy. Throwboy makes emoji pillows. It's a startup I saw in St. Louis, Missouri, and it's doing well. My kids love the pillows: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153390186979655

Invisible Girlfriend. This startup helps you get an invisible boyfriend or girlfriend. Huh? The company, started by Matt Homann, won a pitch contest, which back then was a joke, at a Startup Weekend event back in 2013. Then he actually built the company. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375203389655/

What about a startup that delivers beer? Steve Young made it so with Synek. I give it a first look here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375259119655/ This startup sells you a beer machine and you can buy beer to be delivered to you in packets. Sort of like Nescafe ships you coffee in little packets that you put into a machine and it makes you a latte.

Speaking of Moshe, the guy who started Yo. He has a servious startup, too. EyeIn, which launched last week, is a real time visual search engine. He spent $90 million developing it, but then this week Instagram came out with many of the same features (except EyeIn works on a bunch of services, not just Instagram). I wonder if Facebook, which owns Instagram, will let EyeIn keep using its API: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153386663559655 (Instagram) and http://www.eyein.com/

Moshe caught my attention, not because of this, or the social network he runs, Mobli, but because of Yo. Sometimes it’s the stupidest apps that are easiest to pay attention to, huh?

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Other things I saw this past week.

Today I got a tour of Microsoft Research. Mind blowing stuff. Here’s three videos I did:
1) Future of quantum computing. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153391118514655/

2) Trapping mosquitoes with drones and technology. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153391242619655/

3) Future of data visualization. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153391247924655/

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Here Derek Johnson has a great list of tools for startups: https://www.facebook.com/Derekarjohnson/posts/10102528520881056?fref=nf

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Facebook open sources its IDE for developers: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153387654654655

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A look at the conference room of the future at Cisco.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153384320989655/ We will be using this on Tech on Deck during the Allen and Company event in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 7th-9th. Sign up for that at https://www.facebook.com/events/1678325252396131/ What is “Tech on Deck?” A virtual conference of interesting people telling me the future of various things, which is why I was visiting Microsoft Research.

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Connected cars are all the rage, but here a startup, Vin.li, shows how to connect your car with its gadget underneath your dashboard. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153384477909655/

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Aisle411 shows me the latest in indoor mapping. It can direct you right to products on shelves at grocery stores around the United States. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375322959655/

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LaunchCode is finding jobs for unemployed and underemployed people in IT: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375252974655/

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Justin Kan writes about how Magic, a new text-based delivery service, works for him: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153378037639655

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Conversation with the Unicorn Hunters behind the Extreme Tech Challenge, a great contest for startups attacking huge markets: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153386334994655/

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Visiting St. Louis' innovation district: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375137779655/

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Cool gifts from Greetabl. This startup takes a piece of paper and makes unique gift boxes from it. The future of greeting cards:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153373585354655/

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Imergy ships commercial batteries that help make power grids smarter (and enable more use of renewable energy sources like wind and solar): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153383671129655/

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Photo tips for kids with great travel photographer (and Rackspace customer) Trey Ratcliff: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153383546654655/

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Amazon opens up its Echo APIs: https://www.facebook.com/thenextweb/posts/10153409225053523
My boss loves Echo, and writes in the comments here why: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153387374364655

I’m up in Seattle meeting with all sorts of interesting innovators and startups. Tomorrow I’m meeting with one of the best venture capitalists, Dan Levitan, in the Pacific Northwest and we’ll talk about all this and see if he has any funny startups up his sleeve.

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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you.

Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!
Please pass this newsletter around. If you have gotten it, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5___

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2015-07-03 18:15:40 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

Media's Future.

Every week I send out an email newsletter. You can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

This is the newsletter that went out this week.

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Next week is the famous Allen and Company annual event in Sun Valley, Idaho for media industry magnates. You know, people with last names like Murdoch, Zuckerberg, etc. There are so many private planes in town that the local airport runs out of space.

Scott Jordan, CEO and founder of ScottEVest (the clothes I usually wear that have tons of pockets for my gadgets and batteries) has been asking me for the past few years to come up and hang out. He says the networking is incredible. Last year he met GoPro’s founder, Nick Woodman, while out walking his dogs.

I don’t have a problem networking, so that wasn’t interesting, but as I studied Allen and Company Ifound... more »

Media's Future.

Every week I send out an email newsletter. You can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

This is the newsletter that went out this week.

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Next week is the famous Allen and Company annual event in Sun Valley, Idaho for media industry magnates. You know, people with last names like Murdoch, Zuckerberg, etc. There are so many private planes in town that the local airport runs out of space.

Scott Jordan, CEO and founder of ScottEVest (the clothes I usually wear that have tons of pockets for my gadgets and batteries) has been asking me for the past few years to come up and hang out. He says the networking is incredible. Last year he met GoPro’s founder, Nick Woodman, while out walking his dogs.

I don’t have a problem networking, so that wasn’t interesting, but as I studied Allen and Company I found out they don’t allow most press into the lodge, where the event is held. That’s the lodge where Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post from Don Graham on the deck during Allen and Co.

So, instead of just hoping to meet one of these people at the local coffee shop, I thought, “what if I used Allen and Co. as a forcing function?”

See, back when I worked at Microsoft I helped out with some of its developer events and saw just how much work got done in the last few days before one of them. Having a deadline forced the team to pull out all the stops.

The past few months have done just that for me, as you can see by all my emails over the past 13 weeks.

But this past week was something special. Yesterday I visited Ted Schilowitz, futurist at 20th Century Fox. He has two separate labs for building and testing out the latest VR headsets from Oculus Rift and Valve (he located them on separate sides of the campus, so that they wouldn’t find out he was working with both companies).

He gave me a demo yesterday of both headsets. One had an actor that only appeared if you looked around. It shows that there’s a TON of innovation coming from media makers who will play with 360-degree cameras in a new way. Ted, by the way, is one of the founders behind the Red Camera, and is advising a ton of camera companies, too.

And it wasn’t even the best interview of the past week.

Earlier this week I visited Samir Arora who runs Mode. Formerly Glam media. It's the seventh most visited media company. Who is bigger? Well, Google, Facebook, AOL, Apple, Yahoo. Samir walked me through how a modern media company works, and how he’s been able to pay out $200 million to content producers so far (we used to call them bloggers). I put up an hour-long video series on Facebook which is getting rave reviews at: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153402001204655/

Last Friday I spent a ton of time with Dan Levitan, managing partner at Maveron. Don’t know who he is? Well, he’s invested in many of the world’s biggest consumer companies like Starbucks, Ebay, Zulily, and many others. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153393544334655/

Yes, this interview is long, but we cover a bunch of topics from whether we are in a bubble (he says we are a victim of cycles, so yes) to a bunch of new companies that he has his eyes on.
Another interesting interview I did about the future of media, is with the founder of MixPo, Charlie Tillinghast. He used to be president of MSNBC. We got a look at his technology, which helps advertisers “retarget” or have ads that build as a user goes around various websites and social networks. That’s at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153409577554655/

We’ll talk more about these next week at our “Tech on Deck” live video event, which starts Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.

Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678325252396131/

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How do you prepare for a Shark Tank experience? Your traffic can go up by 5,000 percent or more. I visit ScaleArc, which has helped many companies scale their databases. Here I interview its CTO and founder to find out more.

ScaleArc: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153408879729655/ If you are building a new company, or a new technology project, this video will show you what ScaleArc does and how it helps you scale your database.

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Skype Translator. I get a deep look at how the new Skype uses Machine Learning to make rapid real-time translations possible. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153392459254655/

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The rest of these are fun.
Make your boring photos much more interesting. How? With Microsoft Hyperlapse. Here I get a look at how it works. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153393101619655/

After last week’s newsletter was written I went back to Microsoft Research to see Microsoft Sanddance, which is an amazing data visualization project that Steven Drucker is leading. If you think playing with data is boring, you haven’t met Steven or seen his demos. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153392391184655/

Virtual reality is hot, but did you know you can shoot some Zombies, thanks to VRCade, a startup in Seattle? https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153392229524655/ It's a room you run around in with a virtual gun and a VR headset. You get a look at it in the above video, but if you live in Silicon Valley, you can play this yourself. $5 per play at an arcade in Milpitas.

You ever want to fly? Well here’s the best flight simulator I’ve ever had my eyes in. Watch as Flyte’s founder, Mark Allen, shows me how this multi-projector VR system works. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153391970529655/

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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you.

Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!

Please pass this newsletter around. If you have gotten it, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5___

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2015-05-14 07:25:50 (9 comments, 25 reshares, 171 +1s)Open 

My third email newsletter. If you want these two weeks sooner, please subscribe (details over on LinkedIn). A new one ships every Thursday night.

Hope you are liking these! I'm on my way home to San Francisco via Paris. See ya on the other side!

My third email newsletter. If you want these two weeks sooner, please subscribe (details over on LinkedIn). A new one ships every Thursday night.

Hope you are liking these! I'm on my way home to San Francisco via Paris. See ya on the other side!___

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2015-05-07 19:55:22 (8 comments, 30 reshares, 155 +1s)Open 

A look at my second email newsletter (fifth one goes out tonight). Email subscribers get these before the Internet does. Details on LinkedIn:

A look at my second email newsletter (fifth one goes out tonight). Email subscribers get these before the Internet does. Details on LinkedIn:___

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2015-05-04 20:21:05 (23 comments, 15 reshares, 155 +1s)Open 

Exclusive first look at a very interesting new video camera technology. OUR STUDIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN! Thanks Rocky Barbanica!

This new camera, from Altia Systems, joins three cameras into one package for a "super wide" mode. Their first product is aimed at business conferencing rooms, but don't miss where this really is going to be important: on drones and for virtual reality.

See, I'm carrying around a 360-degree camera not for today, but next year when virtual reality headsets become far more commonplace. This camera technology will bring us video for the Oculus Rift.

Why? GoPro cameras simply aren't wide enough for those new uses. This $999 camera (which is cheap for what it does) brings us into the future where we'll use an Oculus Rift headset (or Hololens, or Valve VR, or Samsung's Gear VR, or Meta).

Thanks to the magic... more »

Exclusive first look at a very interesting new video camera technology. OUR STUDIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN! Thanks Rocky Barbanica!

This new camera, from Altia Systems, joins three cameras into one package for a "super wide" mode. Their first product is aimed at business conferencing rooms, but don't miss where this really is going to be important: on drones and for virtual reality.

See, I'm carrying around a 360-degree camera not for today, but next year when virtual reality headsets become far more commonplace. This camera technology will bring us video for the Oculus Rift.

Why? GoPro cameras simply aren't wide enough for those new uses. This $999 camera (which is cheap for what it does) brings us into the future where we'll use an Oculus Rift headset (or Hololens, or Valve VR, or Samsung's Gear VR, or Meta).

Thanks to the magic of video processing and some unique hardware, this takes us into the future. http://www.getpanacast.com/___

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2015-05-04 20:19:17 (12 comments, 12 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

Here's a look at my new email newsletter (email subscribers get it a few weeks earlier than you'll get here or on LinkedIn). The rest of my life is on https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble but the email will wrap up my videos and give you what I'm seeing and doing every week.

Here's a look at my new email newsletter (email subscribers get it a few weeks earlier than you'll get here or on LinkedIn). The rest of my life is on https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble but the email will wrap up my videos and give you what I'm seeing and doing every week.___

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2015-04-08 04:08:15 (29 comments, 6 reshares, 228 +1s)Open 

My first new post in two months. Check out my new 360-degree videos! Lots of news here. Appreciate everyone's support!

My first new post in two months. Check out my new 360-degree videos! Lots of news here. Appreciate everyone's support!___

2015-04-08 03:47:36 (58 comments, 22 reshares, 580 +1s)Open 

After two months off of posting to the Internet I am coming back tonight. Here's a little photo story from a portion of our family trip where we drove 5,000 miles through six states. All of this was automatically done by Google+. Love it!

After two months off of posting to the Internet I am coming back tonight. Here's a little photo story from a portion of our family trip where we drove 5,000 miles through six states. All of this was automatically done by Google+. Love it!___

2015-02-01 01:13:48 (23 comments, 15 reshares, 233 +1s)Open 

I need white space to figure my life out. I write about why this is my last post on the Internet for a while here: I need white space to figure out my life. I write about that here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153041836189655

I need white space to figure my life out. I write about why this is my last post on the Internet for a while here: I need white space to figure out my life. I write about that here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153041836189655___

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2015-01-23 06:51:36 (16 comments, 16 reshares, 163 +1s)Open 

What's it like to lose $875,000 in a few seconds of an earthquake? Winemaker Sarah Francis tells the 200+ people who came to my birthday party over the weekend her experience.

Thanks +Jesse Stay for making this video.

What's it like to lose $875,000 in a few seconds of an earthquake? Winemaker Sarah Francis tells the 200+ people who came to my birthday party over the weekend her experience.

Thanks +Jesse Stay for making this video.___

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2015-01-20 05:18:47 (27 comments, 6 reshares, 183 +1s)Open 

The phone call in the middle of the party.

It was Friday morning. We were in the middle of entertaining guests from around the world. Just about to pick up Matt Mullenweg and Ayelet Noff, both VIP guests of mine. Ayelet flew from Israel and Matt took time to fly back from Egypt just to support me. They were hardly the only ones who put extra effort in being there for me.

I reprinted this from Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153013564394655

But then the phone rang.

"Hello."

"Hi, this is xxxxx from xxxxxxx (my doctor) and we have your test results." (I have a sore on my nose that hasn't gone away and had it looked at).

"Awesome."

"Your biopsy came back and it showed you have skin cancer."

The good news: it is a slow spreading type and should be easy to... more »

The phone call in the middle of the party.

It was Friday morning. We were in the middle of entertaining guests from around the world. Just about to pick up Matt Mullenweg and Ayelet Noff, both VIP guests of mine. Ayelet flew from Israel and Matt took time to fly back from Egypt just to support me. They were hardly the only ones who put extra effort in being there for me.

I reprinted this from Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153013564394655

But then the phone rang.

"Hello."

"Hi, this is xxxxx from xxxxxxx (my doctor) and we have your test results." (I have a sore on my nose that hasn't gone away and had it looked at).

"Awesome."

"Your biopsy came back and it showed you have skin cancer."

The good news: it is a slow spreading type and should be easy to cut out and solve.

But tonight, while editing this video with Tyson Gravity -- he and I stayed up all night editing -- I reflected on the fact that I now am a cancer victim.

Cancer. I'm now in the club that Drew Olanoff has been a member of for a while. He's a hero to me, and is continuing to live life hard even in the face of this disease.

Anyway, it reminded me of why Saturday's celebration was so special. IT MEANT SOMETHING. We all only have a few days together in this lifetime and we might as well work hard to have fun together.

Other than Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble, no one knew about this phone call during my party. 

Why? 

No way was I going to keep a phone call from having fun with all of you. 

It's 6:15 a.m. Monday morning when I write these words (I finished it at about 9:30 a.m.). I've been up all night with my friends Damien D Hustle Bryant and Tyson who came all the way from the East Coast in a van to both teach me how to live and capture and produce this video. 

This video means something. It is special to me. Extremely special.

Why?

Because the love of all of you around the world who wished me well is reflected in the joy in this video. But more than that. All of my friends came on their own time and dime. 

I am absolutely humbled by how many people came from around the world to see me. As Telstra exec Monty Hamilton told me "I asked you to come to Australia, how would it be fair to not come to see you?"

Many people worked to make this day special. Family style special. See, some things you do "pro style" because some brand is paying, or the audience is paying. But this was done "family style" with just a lot of love and some of my own money and not much at that since everyone shared in some of the expenses. Because there wasn't any business interests on this party, it turned very special, which you will see if you watch this video.

Some other people who made the past three weeks in Vegas and then in Napa very special weeks in my life. 

First, my fellow Rackspace employees, customers, and shareholders, who continue asking me to head into the world to find what's new and be helpful to people. Top amongst them my boss Robert D. La Gesse. Then my producer Rocky Barbanica. But most of all my friend and inspiration, Graham Weston. He often tells me of the days when Rackspace was a startup, but it is the Racker culture that leads me to entertain people. 

Now onto the people who I can never repay. 

Angelica Mabray is at the top of that list. She's the CEO of Sullivan Vineyards. Which hosted 250 people Saturday afternoon in stunning glory. The food was exquisite and I don't say that lightly. My guests will back that up. And of course the wine was even better. I will never be able to repay the gift that she gave to me. It is humbling and I will remember her every day of my life for the gift she and her husband Paul Mabray gave me.

But over the last two weeks only one guy took my life to a whole new level: Damien D Hustle Bryant. He, and his crew: Tyson Gravity, Hakim Hopkins (who captured a lot of the video here), Lori Hamilton (also a cancer survivor), Oscar Ortiz just made my life so much better. They are lifelong friends and, as I told Tyson tonight "life can steal everything from me, but it can't strip these memories from me." 

They are cool cats that started from the bottom. Hustling. Selling clothes on the street. Helping people build their dreams. They run a bookstore, Black and Nobel, which sells books in Philadelphia that represent local entrepreneurs and storytellers. It also sends books to prisons. It's a cause I love because there aren't many ways to bring yourself up than educating yourself. 

I have always wanted friends like this all my life. People around you that you would die for. My producer Rocky Barbanica. Mandy McClenahan Grignon and Andy Grignon. They both are extraordinary people and every day I pinch myself because they are in my life, Jeff Stevens, who helped us in many ways both in business and in life, and shares my passion for wine and life. My wife Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble who sacrifices every day so that I can follow my life's compulsion to see the future. Alex Fielding, who always makes me laugh, not to mention he always arrives with a huge bottle of something and a bunch of Drumstick ice cream boxes. Who doesn't love a friend like that? John Poore and his wife Erin Hussey Poore. Special people who I'll always do anything to help . Philip Nelson (who you see playing here, what a cool dude. We just sang in the lobby until 3 a.m. Sunday morning with 20 people around us in a circle. It is among my favorite memories. Stunning people). Sam Levin. What can I say? He is always generous with his spirit, his wine, and his love of gadgets.

Tanya Denise Halepota. She was the one who led to my discovery of Sarah Francis who just humbles me with her bravery. If you haven't seen the video of her sharing what it was like to lose $800,000 worth of her very special wine in the Napa earthquake, you really should. She's a very special entrepreneur who does what she does not to make a whole lot of money, but to make wine that changes lives. It changed mine and Saturday night it changed a lot of my friend's lives too. She, and her wine, touches my soul. Sarah, you are welcome in my home at any time for any reason. 

Ayelet Noff and Motti Peer for helping me convince Yo to fund the CES Suite. Brad Rosen, of Drync app that helps you find and buy wine right from your mobile phone. He, and Aimee Cronin, helped my wife serve hundreds of people every night. I can't repay that debt either. 

Musicians.
Roem A Baur. Roem beat 100,000 other musicians to get on the Voice and he has grown so much.
Teresa Valdez Klein (AKA Tae Phoenix). Wow.
Anna Post. New talent. Stunning talent.
Pete Stringfellow. Country music star.
Philip Nelson. NewTek TriCaster™ main man. (Newtek makes the video system we use in our studio).
Clint Jackson. Guitarist in One Republic. Find him at https://twitter.com/clintistouring 
Jeremiah Owyang, who played piano during the birthday song.

They donated their time and paid their own expenses to get here. I'm so fortunate to count these people as friends. Musicians are special people who create joy. That's a gift and these people all have that gift.

Thank you also to 
NewTek, who provided a Tricaster in our Las Vegas suite.
Drobo for providing our storage for editing. Keeps my stuff safe even if a drive fails.

Perkins Coie for providing champagne for our guests in Las Vegas. 

Vibrant Eye Clothing for providing my shirt. http://vibranteyeclothing.com/

Kara Keenan Goldin for sending us a bunch of Hint Water to serve at our afterparties. 

I know I'm forgetting so many who made my party so special. Every single person in the building is a friend of mine. Or even worse, family. It was so nice to see folks like Michael Arrington, Bebo White (who built the first US-based Website), Fred Davis (who started WIRED),  Dave McClure, and Marc Canter, who went way beyond the call of duty to make my birthday extra special. He's working on a startup that's looking interesting.

Mary Hodder and Ed Falk made one night extra special by making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. That was so great. 

Scott Jordan for giving me constant inspiration in how to live life. 

Rich Reader for arranging an awesome visit to the Tedeschi Family Winery. Great wine and a great family that's been growing grapes in Napa since before Prohibition.

I know I'm forgetting so many but I haven't had any sleep yet and it's almost 10 a.m.

In the end, I told Tyson that the cancer doesn't matter. 

What matters is in this video. What is in it? Love. Pure love. I am watching it for the 10th time and each time is makes me emotional. 

Thank you so much and make sure you watch to the end, some incredible performances there.

I can't say thank you enough. I've been given a huge gift that I will try to pay forward.

A ton of videos are coming from CES and other places, but first gotta get some sleep. 

I just can't believe what my friends did for me this weekend.

Extra special thanks to my family. Bill Scoble, Sharon Bosley, Alex Scoble, Cassie Scoble, Atime Tomove, Shadi Hayden, Shadi Ghaffarian, Cassie Leigh, Aram Ghaemmaghami, Fariba Rahmatpour, Patrick Scoble and others who traveled distances to celebrate with me.

Oh, and to my son, Patrick, I'm so proud of you (he turned 21 this week too).

Much more over on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble___

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2014-12-23 20:09:43 (23 comments, 20 reshares, 168 +1s)Open 

Do you work with other people? You want to check out Avaamo, keeps you very privacy and secure.  http://www.avaamo.com/

Do you work with other people? You want to check out Avaamo, keeps you very privacy and secure.  http://www.avaamo.com/___

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2014-12-23 20:03:31 (8 comments, 9 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

SpaceTag is one of those apps that intrigues me. Very close to genius but is one of those things that requires lots of people using it to really be fun. I also think the UI needs more affordances to figure out what it does, which will limit the number of people who get into it.

Why? Because it lets you put tags down around where you are and share lots of things with other people based on where you are.

This company, when I was in Israel earlier this year, showed me a bunch of indoor mapping tech that's pretty cool.
Try it at http://spacetag.me/

SpaceTag is one of those apps that intrigues me. Very close to genius but is one of those things that requires lots of people using it to really be fun. I also think the UI needs more affordances to figure out what it does, which will limit the number of people who get into it.

Why? Because it lets you put tags down around where you are and share lots of things with other people based on where you are.

This company, when I was in Israel earlier this year, showed me a bunch of indoor mapping tech that's pretty cool.
Try it at http://spacetag.me/___

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2014-11-17 03:06:23 (9 comments, 18 reshares, 151 +1s)Open 

The state of the art of beacons with Gimbal, Inc.

These are the beacons used in retail stores, like Apple's stores, and the new 49'ers stadium. They tell your phone how close your phone is to the Beacon.

Kevin Hunter, Gimball's COO, and I dig into beacons, what they are, how they are best used, and take a first look at the newest from Gimbal.

Learn more at http://www.gimbal.com/

The state of the art of beacons with Gimbal, Inc.

These are the beacons used in retail stores, like Apple's stores, and the new 49'ers stadium. They tell your phone how close your phone is to the Beacon.

Kevin Hunter, Gimball's COO, and I dig into beacons, what they are, how they are best used, and take a first look at the newest from Gimbal.

Learn more at http://www.gimbal.com/___

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2014-11-13 18:19:56 (24 comments, 24 reshares, 155 +1s)Open 

Exclusive sneak peek:

This is the most interesting new thing/company I've seen this year. Wattcost tracks when different electrical appliances are turned on or off (it can tell what brand of refrigerator you have, for instance, just by the electrical signal it shows on your power line/meter). Reduce your carbon footprint.

Will be coming to United States in mid 2015 for $149.

https://www.wattcost.com/

Why is this important? Google bought Nest for $3.x billion. This would generate even more data about what you do in your house than that. It knows, for instance, when you turn on and off lights, or open your refrigerator door, all by watching your power line.

Exclusive sneak peek:

This is the most interesting new thing/company I've seen this year. Wattcost tracks when different electrical appliances are turned on or off (it can tell what brand of refrigerator you have, for instance, just by the electrical signal it shows on your power line/meter). Reduce your carbon footprint.

Will be coming to United States in mid 2015 for $149.

https://www.wattcost.com/

Why is this important? Google bought Nest for $3.x billion. This would generate even more data about what you do in your house than that. It knows, for instance, when you turn on and off lights, or open your refrigerator door, all by watching your power line.___

2014-11-10 04:41:23 (22 comments, 14 reshares, 233 +1s)Open 

Thank you to Apple's CEO Tim Cook for helping to share my own secret shame that came from being sexually abused when young. Posted a long and emotional post tonight over on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152826991684655&set=vb.501319654&type=2&theater&notif_t=comment_mention

Thank you to Apple's CEO Tim Cook for helping to share my own secret shame that came from being sexually abused when young. Posted a long and emotional post tonight over on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152826991684655&set=vb.501319654&type=2&theater&notif_t=comment_mention___

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2014-10-31 22:41:01 (2 comments, 11 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

PHP developers: check out +Zend and how it helps visualize your code. Video with Andi Gutmans, CEO and co-founder (one of the key people behind PHP itself, too).

PHP developers: check out +Zend and how it helps visualize your code. Video with Andi Gutmans, CEO and co-founder (one of the key people behind PHP itself, too).___

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2014-10-30 18:33:12 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

A long interview with Flipboard's founders in my house, talking about Flipboard 3.0. 

I love Flipboard. How about you?

A long interview with Flipboard's founders in my house, talking about Flipboard 3.0. 

I love Flipboard. How about you?___

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2014-10-28 18:07:36 (42 comments, 24 reshares, 279 +1s)Open 

Upload your photos to Google+ and you get Auto Awesome.

How do you do these? Shoot five or more photos of the same thing, upload them, and Google+ turns them into these fun moving photos. 

Yeah, yeah, some of you hate them. But I love them. One of the things that gets me back here from Facebook.

Upload your photos to Google+ and you get Auto Awesome.

How do you do these? Shoot five or more photos of the same thing, upload them, and Google+ turns them into these fun moving photos. 

Yeah, yeah, some of you hate them. But I love them. One of the things that gets me back here from Facebook.___

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2014-10-28 17:01:36 (7 comments, 14 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

This new hearing aide from Soundhawk demonstrates how sensors, low-cost small compute, and Bluetooth are continuing to change the world of hardware. Learn more in video here, or get it at http://www.soundhawk.com

This new hearing aide from Soundhawk demonstrates how sensors, low-cost small compute, and Bluetooth are continuing to change the world of hardware. Learn more in video here, or get it at http://www.soundhawk.com___

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2014-10-16 21:24:31 (18 comments, 7 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

My steaks come out great with this new cooker from Anova.

I'm testing out others for Thanksgiving, too.

Do you do Sous Vide-style cooking? Different kind of interview for me.

Learn what Sous Vide here and get it at http://anovaculinary.com/

My steaks come out great with this new cooker from Anova.

I'm testing out others for Thanksgiving, too.

Do you do Sous Vide-style cooking? Different kind of interview for me.

Learn what Sous Vide here and get it at http://anovaculinary.com/___

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2014-10-10 18:36:04 (77 comments, 22 reshares, 360 +1s)Open 

I have app OCD.

I have app OCD.___

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2014-10-10 18:33:14 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

We use a Newtek Tricaster to run our studio and here you see their new Mini. Thanks +Philip Nelson for showing it to us.

We use a Newtek Tricaster to run our studio and here you see their new Mini. Thanks +Philip Nelson for showing it to us.___

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2014-10-04 18:14:58 (24 comments, 46 reshares, 449 +1s)Open 

The new BMW i8 is stunning. This $127,000 supercar came to dinner last night thanks to Anton Wahlman, who is an auto analyst for http://www.thestreet.com

It sure drew a crowd! How many company founders can you spot? Last night we had people who started Activision, Eightly, Macromedia, Crowded Rocket, and a few other companies there.

What a car. Way out of my budget, but if I had the money this is a hell of a way to spend it.

The new BMW i8 is stunning. This $127,000 supercar came to dinner last night thanks to Anton Wahlman, who is an auto analyst for http://www.thestreet.com

It sure drew a crowd! How many company founders can you spot? Last night we had people who started Activision, Eightly, Macromedia, Crowded Rocket, and a few other companies there.

What a car. Way out of my budget, but if I had the money this is a hell of a way to spend it.___

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2014-10-03 08:42:52 (13 comments, 15 reshares, 205 +1s)Open 

This is my commute. Last night John and Bethany Gotts were visiting from Sun Valley so we shot some fun photos.

Everything is made on an iPhone 6 Plus.

Thank you Bethany for making my new profile photo!

This is my commute. Last night John and Bethany Gotts were visiting from Sun Valley so we shot some fun photos.

Everything is made on an iPhone 6 Plus.

Thank you Bethany for making my new profile photo!___

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2014-10-02 02:35:43 (13 comments, 11 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Lots of people SHOULD be using two-factor authentication on services from Google, Twitter, Facebook, but it's too hard. Here Brennen Byrne shows me http://www.getclef.com which has an easier way to make our mobile devices more secure.

Lots of people SHOULD be using two-factor authentication on services from Google, Twitter, Facebook, but it's too hard. Here Brennen Byrne shows me http://www.getclef.com which has an easier way to make our mobile devices more secure.___

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2014-10-02 02:31:22 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

A content management system for mobile from adsy.me.

Translation: mobile web apps for dummies that almost anyone can build.

A content management system for mobile from adsy.me.

Translation: mobile web apps for dummies that almost anyone can build.___

2014-10-01 23:15:24 (35 comments, 11 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

I'm working on a spreadsheet comparing social networks. Can you help? 

I'm working on a spreadsheet comparing social networks. Can you help? ___

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2014-10-01 07:34:39 (19 comments, 5 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Playing around: https://ello.co/scobleizer Just wrote a little review of my iPhone 6 Plus. Among other things.

Playing around: https://ello.co/scobleizer Just wrote a little review of my iPhone 6 Plus. Among other things.___

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2014-09-23 21:30:03 (10 comments, 12 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

If you buy or sell real estate you usually have to pay 3% to each agent. LevelRE promises to make that far less, maybe even as low as 1%. Here's a first look at the service aimed at helping you buy and sell real estate: http://www.levelre.com/index.html

If you buy or sell real estate you usually have to pay 3% to each agent. LevelRE promises to make that far less, maybe even as low as 1%. Here's a first look at the service aimed at helping you buy and sell real estate: http://www.levelre.com/index.html___

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2014-09-20 02:19:46 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

It's inside many "Internet of Things" devices. What is it? Electric Imp, meet one of the smartest people who has been in my studio this year: Hugo Fiennes. Learn more here: https://electricimp.com/

It's inside many "Internet of Things" devices. What is it? Electric Imp, meet one of the smartest people who has been in my studio this year: Hugo Fiennes. Learn more here: https://electricimp.com/___

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2014-09-19 12:29:49 (22 comments, 20 reshares, 254 +1s)Open 

What is it like visiting Samsung's Headquarters in Korea on "Apple day?"

Quite intense.

Shel Israel and I were asked to speak to two audiences at Samsung today of its top engineers and executives about our book and findings "Age of Context." Our slides from our presentation are here: http://www.slideshare.net/Scobleizer/age-of-context-september-2014

So, what did I learn?

1. Everyone we met asked us very intelligent and deep questions, some of which I struggled to answer. That tells me they are an inquisitive, smart, culture, which matches the products they've shipped to date.

2. They are proud of their culture of "get it done." They are very hard working and are proud of that culture. Our guide said he had to go back to work on Friday afternoon. This culture felt a lot harder working than some of the other... more »

What is it like visiting Samsung's Headquarters in Korea on "Apple day?"

Quite intense.

Shel Israel and I were asked to speak to two audiences at Samsung today of its top engineers and executives about our book and findings "Age of Context." Our slides from our presentation are here: http://www.slideshare.net/Scobleizer/age-of-context-september-2014

So, what did I learn?

1. Everyone we met asked us very intelligent and deep questions, some of which I struggled to answer. That tells me they are an inquisitive, smart, culture, which matches the products they've shipped to date.

2. They are proud of their culture of "get it done." They are very hard working and are proud of that culture. Our guide said he had to go back to work on Friday afternoon. This culture felt a lot harder working than some of the other big companies I've been involved in, which explains how every year at CES they come out with stunning new screens and devices.

3. They know they have many problems, particularly in PR relations with the rest of the world that they are working on. Language and culture is a barrier that I only observed from the outside before today. Many of their workers and execs don't speak English as their first language, which makes it tough for both of us to understand and share with each other. I think that explains a lot about how Samsung is perceived in America and other Western countries.

They are working on innovation and getting ahead of the rest of the market. They know that the only way to gain more customers is to bring out new products that thrill users. We urged the execs to be far more visible on Facebook and Twitter, but I sense that many struggle with English and see writing in public as a risk.

4. They are working on many sensor programs to do things that will study our health in deep detail (and do other things, as well, we had lengthy discussions about health and fashion). I don't know what they want discussed in public about future product plans, so I'll leave that out, but I'm quite amazed at some of the things they are working on. I bet that Apple and Google are working on many of the same things. The future is going to have an endless supply of innovations in wearable devices here.

5. They are just as freaked about by our talk as all other audiences are. In other words, they are just as scared of privacy intrusions as the rest of the world is (even while admitting that products of the future will need to collect and use a TON of data to serve us). I feel the challenge of product developers at all these companies who are struggling to figure out how to provide new utility without consequences from the collection of a LOT of very personal data.

By the way, I never was derided for pulling out my iPhone and shooting photos. Several execs showed me their iPhones (all were carrying various Samsung models too). This tells me they are very focused on Apple as a formidable competitor. I would expect that if I got the same tour at Apple that execs there would carry around Samsung phones to know what the competitor's strengths and weaknesses are. (My friend Andy Grignon, who worked for Steve Jobs, told me that is indeed the case, at Apple they all carried various competitor's phones to understand what made them good and bad).

In its museum you see a TON of innovations from elsewhere in the world (I loved seeing the old American TVs and radios, washing machines, and other devices that I grew up with). I really like this culture of understanding that much of the world's technological innovation and great product design came from other places. I can just see being a young engineer and walking around the museum and understanding the world's tech history and just how hard it is to build products that break through and thrill users.

It is also interesting how visiting a company's headquarters changes your perspective. I can see that consumers will continue to win as this great company continues to battle not just other giants in Asia, like LG and Sony, but Apple and other companies.

As I unpack my new iPhone 6 Plus on Saturday after I get home, I'll be thinking about the pressure that Samsung puts on Apple to continuously improve too. As I walk around Korea and I see so many large Samsung phones being used in the street I know that Apple is playing catchup in many ways to Samsung.

This competition makes us all winners, no matter which side of the fence we are on.

Thank you to the hundreds of Samsung employees who we met today. You have inspired me in a big way.___

2014-09-16 23:10:07 (151 comments, 25 reshares, 299 +1s)Open 

A former friend blocked me: what I learned about myself

First, some of you might know who I'm talking about. Please don't post his name or other identifying information here unless he uncloaks here. I don't want this to be about him. Even though he's been writing about me on his blog (which I learned because lots of people read both of us).

Damn, that hurt. This is a guy I know well, I won't go into it more than that. But I looked at why it hurt for the past few days and thought I would share what I learned about myself.

My son, +Patrick Scoble, told me "you both are difficult," while trying to get us both to calm down. So, this is a learning opportunity. 

This guy has his reasons for blocking me, in looking at my behavior, I don't agree with him, but that doesn't really matter in the end analysis. Now that thefr... more »

A former friend blocked me: what I learned about myself

First, some of you might know who I'm talking about. Please don't post his name or other identifying information here unless he uncloaks here. I don't want this to be about him. Even though he's been writing about me on his blog (which I learned because lots of people read both of us).

Damn, that hurt. This is a guy I know well, I won't go into it more than that. But I looked at why it hurt for the past few days and thought I would share what I learned about myself.

My son, +Patrick Scoble, told me "you both are difficult," while trying to get us both to calm down. So, this is a learning opportunity. 

This guy has his reasons for blocking me, in looking at my behavior, I don't agree with him, but that doesn't really matter in the end analysis. Now that the friendship is over it's a learning opportunity. 

1. A block is a nuclear weapon to use on a real-life friend. Doing that made it impossible to use things like Facebook messages or Google Hangouts to back channel and work through a relationship in strain. I can just hear you saying "well call him." Sorry, once a nuke is thrown I'm not calling, the relationship has been damaged beyond repair at that point. A block is akin to saying "I never want to hear from you again." Sorry, I'm not calling someone who signals that.

2. It hurt because it was akin to saying "I see absolutely no value in you." I believe I have value, therefor it causes our brain to go into a bad loop: "He says I have no value. I believe I have value. But he says I have no value." Which then causes you to question yourself. Which comes out as stress. Higher heart rate. Restless sleep. All the stuff that you remember from high school when someone bullied you or decided not to invite you to the cool kids' parties or something like that. I tried to break the loop in a few ways. None of which are really satisfying. So I decided to blog and be vulnerable. Hey, it's cheaper than therapy!

3. After the initial shock of "he did WHAT?" wore off it just brought on a form of grief. It reminded me of how my divorce felt. It's a toxic mixture of grief, guilt, self questioning. As with all feelings, time makes it somewhat better, but it is toxic.

4. When I was going through the divorce my friend +Buzz Bruggeman told me "take the high road." My son told me to do the same thing this time. Taking the high road is incredibly difficult when you are feeling grief, guilt, pain, etc. This is why I made it not about him, but about me. But I found a way out of this: do something nice for someone else. I've already started down that path. Transmute all the toxic stuff into focusing on helping someone else. Anytime I feel the toxic feelings I go and try to do something nice for someone else. Even liking or +1'ing someone else's post feels better than letting the toxic loop in your head go unchecked.

5. Take some joy in the fact that by blocking him he's hurt himself beyond just the loss of friendship. I do put a lot of value into my social networking, sharing lots of things from other people who are smart (especially true on my Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble) and by building lists (he removed himself from those lists, by blocking, which lost him a lot of followers). He also is an entrepreneur, and might want some PR someday (I played a key role in the launch of many companies, including YO http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/18/how-yo-became-one-of-the-most-viral-apps-of-all-time-step-by-step/ which now has had more than 100 million YO's sent).

At one point the argument became about my self-centeredness. Well, yes, I am a selfish butthead sometimes. Always am working on it, with the help of many of my friends and others. But part of doing social media requires being a bit selfish. Hey, isn't it selfish to tell billionaires how to run their companies? Why yes! But my boss +Rob La Gesse reminds me that he wants me to do only one thing: be helpful to other people. So when I'm off that track it requires me to look at myself and fix my thinking. I'm far from perfect. So a whack upside the head is sometimes needed. But a block isn't a whack, it's a nuclear weapon.

6. I did learn about how deeply Facebook block works, though. I can't see anything this guy does anymore. Even our Messages back and forth now only says "Facebook User" instead of his name. I learned he had blocked me because I wanted to message him and Facebook wouldn't let me see his page anymore. I wonder how it differs from how LinkedIn, Twitter, or Google+ works (Twitter, I know, will still let you see that person's public posts). I generally only block spammers, so haven't played with that functionality enough to understand it.

Anyway, I'm on my way to Korea. Travel makes stress worse, because you are tired and you don't have friends to talk with face-to-face and my wife isn't there to give me a hug after a bad day. On the other hand, being alone gives me the whitespace to look at myself.

Onward, welcome to the new, improved, Scoble. :-)___

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2014-09-15 02:49:48 (20 comments, 10 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

An app to help you pick wine

Ever found yourself staring at a grocery store shelf with hundreds of wine bottles but you don't know which one to buy? Pull out the Delectable app, shoot a photo, and it'll tell you all sorts of things. Plus it does more, hear here from Alex Fishman, CEO, who tells you what he has planned. Get it at https://delectable.com/

An app to help you pick wine

Ever found yourself staring at a grocery store shelf with hundreds of wine bottles but you don't know which one to buy? Pull out the Delectable app, shoot a photo, and it'll tell you all sorts of things. Plus it does more, hear here from Alex Fishman, CEO, who tells you what he has planned. Get it at https://delectable.com/___

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2014-09-15 02:09:12 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Crazy great cloud discussion

Emergence Capital invested in Salesforce along with many other cloud computing companies. Here Kevin Spain, general partner, gives me insights as to what he's seeing happen in cloud computing. 

Emergence is at http://www.emcap.com/

Crazy great cloud discussion

Emergence Capital invested in Salesforce along with many other cloud computing companies. Here Kevin Spain, general partner, gives me insights as to what he's seeing happen in cloud computing. 

Emergence is at http://www.emcap.com/___

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2014-09-11 23:49:27 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

The hot new drink at Silicon Valley tech companies. Meet the founder behind Hint Water, Kara Goldin. Learn more at http://www.drinkhint.com

The hot new drink at Silicon Valley tech companies. Meet the founder behind Hint Water, Kara Goldin. Learn more at http://www.drinkhint.com___

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2014-09-10 03:40:31 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

It's calendar night, here is a look at the new Magneto Calendar for iPhone or iPads. It mixes in contextual travel tips, sort of like how Google Now works. Get it at https://magneto.me

It's calendar night, here is a look at the new Magneto Calendar for iPhone or iPads. It mixes in contextual travel tips, sort of like how Google Now works. Get it at https://magneto.me___

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2014-09-10 03:35:32 (3 comments, 11 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Tempo now on iPads (a better calendar)

Get a look at Tempo, which is a contextual calendar for iPhones and iPads. Why does it matter? It looks deep into your email and online for information about your meetings. Get it at https://www.tempo.ai/ and this video shows you what it does well.

Tempo now on iPads (a better calendar)

Get a look at Tempo, which is a contextual calendar for iPhones and iPads. Why does it matter? It looks deep into your email and online for information about your meetings. Get it at https://www.tempo.ai/ and this video shows you what it does well.___

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2014-09-10 00:52:49 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Vinod Khosla talks to me about payments (he invested in Square and Tapingo, among others).

Vinod Khosla talks to me about payments (he invested in Square and Tapingo, among others).___

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2014-08-27 16:42:02 (11 comments, 13 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

This is a video of a new hardware prototyping tool from Broadcom. Unfortunately takes a while to process videos here. So come back later to see it or see it at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

This is a video of a new hardware prototyping tool from Broadcom. Unfortunately takes a while to process videos here. So come back later to see it or see it at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble___

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2014-08-20 02:55:28 (15 comments, 32 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

This is my favorite new app that I've gotten in the past month: Humin. 

If you hate it (yeah, Android is coming "within weeks") then you must at least watch this video because CEO Ankur Jain  and I take on all the privacy and other issues surrounding this app.

For iPhone users only at the moment: http://www.humin.com

This is my favorite new app that I've gotten in the past month: Humin. 

If you hate it (yeah, Android is coming "within weeks") then you must at least watch this video because CEO Ankur Jain  and I take on all the privacy and other issues surrounding this app.

For iPhone users only at the moment: http://www.humin.com___

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2014-08-19 17:07:57 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Sherpa, http://sher.pa/ , makes me jealous of Android users. A better Google Now? Sure looks like it.

++++

I'll be doing more interviews like this at Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco in the Rackspace Studio (we'll be right by the front door). As part of our arrangement, they are giving me a discount code which will save you $100: ScobledSF14 -- learn more and purchase your ticket at https://tcdisruptsf2014.eventbrite.com/?access=ScobledSF2014-extend (the early bird discounts ends today).

Sherpa, http://sher.pa/ , makes me jealous of Android users. A better Google Now? Sure looks like it.

++++

I'll be doing more interviews like this at Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco in the Rackspace Studio (we'll be right by the front door). As part of our arrangement, they are giving me a discount code which will save you $100: ScobledSF14 -- learn more and purchase your ticket at https://tcdisruptsf2014.eventbrite.com/?access=ScobledSF2014-extend (the early bird discounts ends today).___

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2014-08-17 20:34:15 (44 comments, 10 reshares, 178 +1s)Open 

My Google Glass survived the #icebucketchallenge  

How many people can say "the founder of Activsion and one of the guys who built the iPhone poured ice on my head?"

Donate to http://www.alsa.org

The original, with 500+ likes so far, is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152625923294655

My Google Glass survived the #icebucketchallenge  

How many people can say "the founder of Activsion and one of the guys who built the iPhone poured ice on my head?"

Donate to http://www.alsa.org

The original, with 500+ likes so far, is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152625923294655___

2014-08-15 06:56:54 (40 comments, 5 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

Blonde joke: if you can see this, go  here: https://twitter.com/Scobleizer/status/500173996873093121

Blonde joke: if you can see this, go  here: https://twitter.com/Scobleizer/status/500173996873093121___

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2014-08-14 23:20:46 (97 comments, 21 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, which social network is best to study breaking news on?

Over on Twitter we're having quite a debate. Started with this tweet by Lauren Lockliear: https://twitter.com/LaurenLockliear/status/499997133446328320

Which links to this article: https://medium.com/message/ferguson-is-also-a-net-neutrality-issue-6d2f3db51eb0 

Which then drew in Anthony De Rosa, who is editor in chief of Circa (a great news app). https://twitter.com/AntDeRosa

Then the debate went crazy. Which system is better than the other for breaking news. 

I say Facebook. He says Twitter. I get where he is coming from.

After all, if you have Twitter scrolling down the screen using either the Twitter app (I use the Mac one) or a good third-party app, like Hootsuite (which is what Anthony uses) then you'll see everything in real time,ri... more »

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, which social network is best to study breaking news on?

Over on Twitter we're having quite a debate. Started with this tweet by Lauren Lockliear: https://twitter.com/LaurenLockliear/status/499997133446328320

Which links to this article: https://medium.com/message/ferguson-is-also-a-net-neutrality-issue-6d2f3db51eb0 

Which then drew in Anthony De Rosa, who is editor in chief of Circa (a great news app). https://twitter.com/AntDeRosa

Then the debate went crazy. Which system is better than the other for breaking news. 

I say Facebook. He says Twitter. I get where he is coming from.

After all, if you have Twitter scrolling down the screen using either the Twitter app (I use the Mac one) or a good third-party app, like Hootsuite (which is what Anthony uses) then you'll see everything in real time, right? 

OK, let me take a deep breath and unpack several of the issues that came up here (see the original article linked to on this post over on Medium).

POINT ONE: Filters suck, they keep people from seeing the news over on Facebook.

That is both true and not true. On MY screen I'm seeing almost nothing BUT Ferguson discussed. Why? Because I have friended people who bring me great news. I have those people in lists. For instance, I have 534 tech journalists in this list on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150896044944655 I have a similar list over on Twitter, with 657 tech news folks: https://twitter.com/Scobleizer/lists/tech-news-people So I can compare both all day long.

I also have a list of Major News outlets on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/Scobleizer/lists/world-news-brands ) and I follow a similar news list on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lists/2363411216469

You will see news break just as fast on both. 

But the argument is that most news doesn't get through to the main feed. THAT is true, again, sort of. Most posts suck on Facebook (and on Twitter and on Google+ too). 

But lists show all, and in almost real time. Provably so, because I watch how fast things get posted all the time (it's my job to watch, especially in tech industry). 

This is why I did the video last week about why Facebook is running away with the game: https://plus.google.com/events/c54hhsqnoe29kvmbt6s64jbkl7c

But, let's dig in, because there are advantages to lots of different social networks for different reasons. 

TWITTER ADVANTAGES (clear wins):
1. You can search for news content. In real time. THIS IS A HUGE win for Twitter, and is one of the reasons I still keep it on my screen all day long.
2. You see all stuff that you follow (on Facebook you have to use lists to see all).
3. No news bias, because no filtering. (Facebook's filters are affected by a wide variety of things, including user behavior, which CAN induce bias).
4. Bias toward being public. On Twitter, the default is public. Yes, you can be private with your account, but most people aren't.


TWITTER/FACEBOOK TIES (not clear wins)
1. Scrolling content. Twitter scrolls, but not on mobile phone. In reality, I just keep a browser window open to Facebook (and another to Google+) and it auto refreshes. Yeah, you could say Twitter is seconds faster, but in reality that doesn't matter unless you are a news hound. Even there, Facebook, on my browsers, has a window over to the right where my friends' content scrolls in real time and that is NOT filtered.
2. 

FACEBOOK ADVANTAGES (clear wins)
1. Far less noise than Twitter, which makes it more likely to see news that will affect you.
2. Contextual news (I see news about where I live, because Facebook knows where I am. Twitter doesn't try to show me news about where I am.
3. More news for average users. Facebook will bring you news your friends are commenting on, sharing, or liking. So, even if you have five friends (who are active) chances are you'll see the big story of the day (when Robin Williams died I saw the news within seconds on both services, my wife actually saw it on Facebook before I even saw it on Twitter).
4. Better photos and easier to see what articles really have a lot of engagement. Facebook shows numbers of comments. I don't see numbers of replies on Twitter. (Compare how both lists look, that I gave above).

Anyway, let this kick off the great debate. I wrote this post very quickly, so probably missed a whole lot. I'll link to this from both Twitter and Facebook. 

Let the debate begin!

UPDATE: you all know where I stand. I like Facebook better.___

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2014-08-12 20:04:12 (29 comments, 8 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

I've kept this off of Google+, because I tried to deal with +United Airlines over on Twitter. But damn, having 700,000 lifetime miles, along with two VIP travelers who run a PR firm, and a social media loudmouth with millions of followers still isn't enough to get United to take care of a customer and a friend. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10152617677939655 Sorry, you gotta be on Facebook to see the sordid tale.

I won't fly United if I have a choice. What did that cost them? Well, let's see, my son flies from NYC to SFO every few months. Ayelet and Motti fly from Israel to US every few weeks. I fly around the world. 

All pissed off because of rules. For a flight that won't happen until January. 

Proves that even being a VIP customer (I have 1K status right now) and having millions of followers doesn't matter: United doesn't care.Wh... more »

I've kept this off of Google+, because I tried to deal with +United Airlines over on Twitter. But damn, having 700,000 lifetime miles, along with two VIP travelers who run a PR firm, and a social media loudmouth with millions of followers still isn't enough to get United to take care of a customer and a friend. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10152617677939655 Sorry, you gotta be on Facebook to see the sordid tale.

I won't fly United if I have a choice. What did that cost them? Well, let's see, my son flies from NYC to SFO every few months. Ayelet and Motti fly from Israel to US every few weeks. I fly around the world. 

All pissed off because of rules. For a flight that won't happen until January. 

Proves that even being a VIP customer (I have 1K status right now) and having millions of followers doesn't matter: United doesn't care. What's amazing is that even the investors aren't winning here: http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ual

Turns out that pissing off customers is bad for business. Which is why I try not to do it in my job. Sometimes I fail, but I remember that everytime I do fail it hurts everyone involved.___

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2014-08-11 19:57:57 (8 comments, 13 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

A new OS for datacenter and cloud: +CoreOS A new very efficient Linux for cloud computing infrastructure from the guy who started CloudKick (which Rackspace later purchased).

Hear why it's such a big deal for the industry I'm in (I work at +Rackspace where we use tons of tech like this).

+++++++++++++++++

For more interviews like this come to Techcrunch Disrupt. 

(I want to interview Julia Hartz, co-founder of Eventbrite, who is speaking there) Rackspace and I will have a studio at the front door of the big Techcrunch Disrupt event in September in San Francisco again. As part of our arrangement, they are giving me a discount code which will save you $100: ScobledSF14 --  learn more and purchase your ticket at https://tcdisruptsf2014.eventbrite.com/?access=ScobledSF2014-extend (the early bird discounts end soon).

A new OS for datacenter and cloud: +CoreOS A new very efficient Linux for cloud computing infrastructure from the guy who started CloudKick (which Rackspace later purchased).

Hear why it's such a big deal for the industry I'm in (I work at +Rackspace where we use tons of tech like this).

+++++++++++++++++

For more interviews like this come to Techcrunch Disrupt. 

(I want to interview Julia Hartz, co-founder of Eventbrite, who is speaking there) Rackspace and I will have a studio at the front door of the big Techcrunch Disrupt event in September in San Francisco again. As part of our arrangement, they are giving me a discount code which will save you $100: ScobledSF14 --  learn more and purchase your ticket at https://tcdisruptsf2014.eventbrite.com/?access=ScobledSF2014-extend (the early bird discounts end soon).___

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2014-08-11 19:08:13 (42 comments, 18 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

A way better Siri? Yes, on Android!

Get it at http://sher.pa/ or watch the video with its CEO to see why it is better.

A way better Siri? Yes, on Android!

Get it at http://sher.pa/ or watch the video with its CEO to see why it is better.___

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