Robert Scoble (born January 18, 1965) is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43 promoting breakthrough technology and startups. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger.
Early life and education
Scoble was born in New Jersey in 1965, and grew up about a kilometer from Apple Computer’s head office in Silicon Valley.
In 1993 he dropped out without finishing his degree in Journalism from San Jose State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications (he still has one class to complete).
June 2003 Scoble accepted a position at Microsoft. The Economist described Scoble’s influence in its February 15, 2005 edition:
“ He has become a minor celebrity among geeks worldwide, who read his blog religiously. Impressively, he has also succeeded where small armies of more conventional public-relations types have been failing abjectly for years: he has made Microsoft, with its history of monopolistic bullying, appear marginally but noticeably less evil to the outside world, and especially to the independent software developers that are his core audience ”
On June 10, 2006, Scoble announced he was leaving Microsoft to join Podtech.net as vice president of media development with a higher salary accompanied by “a quite aggressive stock option” offer that would have made him wealthy if his new company had succeeded. According to Alexa Internet that day had the biggest traffic to his blog and PodTech over their lifetime. June 28, 2006 was his last day at Microsoft