According to Tom Foremski at SiliconValleyWatcher and Andy Plesser at Beet.tv, the guy who is arguably Microsoft’s most famous person — at least as far as the blogosphere is concerned — is leaving the company. Robert Scoble, also known as the Scobleizer, is reportedly heading to podtech.net to be its corporate evangelist. Tom says that Scoble wasn’t happy working at Mister Softee, in part because they weren’t interested in paying for all his travels to conferences.

I’m with Vinnie Mirchandani on this one — I think it would have been smart to try and hang onto the Scobleizer, and maybe even cough up the one-thousandth of one per cent of daily cash flow that his travel budget might have represented. Flack or not, corporate shill or not, I think he has single-handedly done more to humanize Microsoft than all the millions of dollars spent getting Bill Gates to kiss babies or hug orphans or whatever they do to make MSFT seem less like the Borg.

Update:

Scoble has posted a confirmation of his move, and goes on to counter the rumours about concerns over his travel budget and lack of support from Microsoft — totally not true, he says. He also says they “moved heaven and earth” to keep him happy, but he decided to make the move anyway. “It’s a rapidly-evolving part of my life,” he says. “I just made this decision and it got out before I was completely ready to talk about it.” Best of luck to him.

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14 Responses to “The Scobleizer calls it quits — updated”
  1. has just reported it (It only lists 2 blogs – Tom’s and mine – at this point) 11.45 Om files his version. Like a good journalist he has tried to verify the rumor. 12.07 Sunday AM – Jason files. 12.09 Matthew files 1.00 While I sleep, Typepad shows just about every hit on my blog is about Scoble (click below to see larger version of extract from Typepad stats) 2:15 Scoble confirms 10:00 Techmeme

  2. Many people have reported on Scoble’s departure.  The source I’ve used below is Mathew Ingram, to whom I offer thanks for his steady, balanced (imo), reliable and stimulating technology reporting. The Scobleizer calls it quits — updated Posted by Mathew Ingram @ 12:09 am on Sunday 11 June 2006 According to Tom Foremski at SiliconValleyWatcher and Andy Plesser at Beet.tv, the guy who is arguably Microsoft’s most famous person — at least as far as the blogosphere is concerned —

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  4. Techmeme and Technorati (at the time of writing, the #2 search) prominence. Kedrosky notes that the fascination says more about the ’sphere than it does about Scoble, and gets called on it, including by Mathew, who thinks it says more about Microsoft. While I take Mathew’s point I’m inclined to agree more with Paul – Scoble’s celebrity has long had its own momentum, and I think the buzz has at least something in common with the fact that

  5. 11.30   Techmeme has just reported it. 11.45   Om files his version. 12.07   Sunday AM – Jason files. 12.09   Matthew files 2:15     Scoble confirms 10:00   Techmeme – shows since it first ran it at 11.30 last night there are at least 50 blogs reporting it, and we are still just in Sunday morning! Here are more links about Scoble leaving Microsoft:

  6. The Scobleizer calls it quits — updated Mathew Ingram: mathewingram.com/work

  7. Scoble Leaving Microsoft – News at 11 Scoble moves Robert Scoble to Leave Microsoft, Joins PodTech.net Microsoft’s top blogger Robert Scoble is leaving… Scoble leaving Microsoft… Evil Web 2.0 Part II The Scobleizer calls it quits at Microsoft Is Scoble leaving Microsoft Scoble Leaving Microsoft Is Blogger Robert Scoble Leaving Microsoft News Flash- Robert W. Scoble Is Leaving Microsoft To Robert: in your first public statement, you state:

  8. of other Microsoft bloggers, none of them had Scoble’s long leash and roaming brief. For many people, especially opinion formers and early adopters, Scoble was Microsoft — more than Gates or that other guy, whatsisname (Ballmer – ed). As Mathew Ingram of the Globe and Mail puts it: “Flack or not, corporate shill or not, I think he has single-handedly done more to humanize Microsoft than all the millions of dollars spent getting Bill Gates to kiss babies or hug orphans or whatever they do to make MSFT seem less like the Borg.

  9. Many people have reported on Scoble’s departure.  The source I’ve used below is Mathew Ingram, to whom I offer thanks for his steady, balanced (imo), reliable and stimulating technology reporting. The Scobleizer calls it quits — updated Posted by Mathew Ingram @ 12:09 am on Sunday 11 June 2006 According to Tom Foremski at SiliconValleyWatcher and Andy Plesser at Beet.tv, the guy who is arguably Microsoft’s most famous person — at least as far as the blogosphere is concerned —

  10. Scoble Leaving Microsoft – News at 11 Scoble moves Robert Scoble to Leave Microsoft, Joins PodTech.net Microsoft’s top blogger Robert Scoble is leaving… Scoble leaving Microsoft… Evil Web 2.0 Part II The Scobleizer calls it quits at Microsoft Is Scoble leaving Microsoft Scoble Leaving Microsoft Is Blogger Robert Scoble Leaving Microsoft News Flash- Robert W. Scoble Is Leaving Microsoft To Robert: in your first public statement, you state:

  11. […] Yes, it’s just a rumor, but Tom, Matthew, Jason and Andy are already talking about it. […]

  12. Cashing In On Blog Stardom

    The blogosphere is abuzz with Robert Scoble’s departure from Microsoft to PodTech.net, a podcasting start-up that recently attracted $5.5-million in private equity. For why he left, check out his blog while countless others riff on what it means, etc….

  13. […] Many people have reported on Scoble’s departure.  The source I’ve used below is Mathew Ingram, to whom I offer thanks for his steady, balanced (imo), reliable and stimulating technology reporting. The Scobleizer calls it quits — updatedPosted by Mathew Ingram @ 12:09 am on Sunday 11 June 2006 […]

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