Rory versus Scoble – Full Contact Blogging.


Rory and (Robert) Scoble are at war.

In my time at Microsoft I’ve gotten to know both of them. I “lovingly” tell you they’re both egomaniacs (as am I!)

Rory and I have have found much to argue about. I think because we are so different, but many mutual acquaintances say it’s because we are alike apart from the decades that separate us in age.

Scoble has taken to bashing Microsoft these days and Rory is taking him to the woodshed for it. Robert, your opinions have made you famous, but when some one with comparatively little business experience (and I don’t mean that as an insult, but even using my own experiences as a comparative benchmark, I believe this is accurate), leaves a company and them makes a big deal about what a mess your “old” company is and how you have the answers…….

Well, it reads like pure sensationalism intended only to place your non-profitable company on the media coattails of your former employer.

Robert deserves credit for his accomplishments while at Microsoft, but his contentions about “discoveries” are, shall I say, “creative writing”, many of us were doing what he takes credit for inventing back then. He just had the luxury of getting allot of funding.

http://scobleizer.com Would likely have a very small fraction of it’s readership had he not had the luxury of Microsoft’s budget and properties to promote it, and in my opinion, http://scobleizer.com declines steadily in relevance since his departure from Microsoft.

While Rory (tung in cheek) refers to himself as the Smartest Man on the Planet, he doesn’t take himself so seriously. In fact, Rory doesn’t misrepresent himself as a business guru.

In the years that I’ve known him, I’ve often found Rory to be infuriating, but I have always found him to be honest.

Rory’s work on C9 is comedy, documentary, entertainment, news even.

I personally appreciate Rory’s humility in the grand scheme of things relative to Microsoft and the world of Technical Business.

I also admire him for taking pride in the company that has given him opportunities and for taking issue with Roberts insults.

I think Robert could bite the hand the fed him with a little more grace, whatever we aren’t perfect at, nobody was listening to Scoble until Microsoft took him public.

Comments (7)

  1. Doug says:

    From what I remember Scoble was already a big blogger before working for Microsoft.

  2. Historical revisionism. I had more than 1,000 readers a day BEFORE I joined Microsoft.

    And it’d be nice to see a little balance. I haven’t been JUST bashing Microsoft since I left.

    Do a Google search for "Demo of the Year." What comes up #1? Go ahead, look. I’ll wait. Oh, I said something really nice about Microsoft.

    And, today, I just said this: http://scobleizer.com/2007/03/20/one-thing-microsoft-does-way-better-than-google-research/

    But, no, sensationalism gets more traffic. Oh, that was your theory. Is that theory correct?

  3. JoeStagner says:

    I’m supprised Robert that you seem to be having such a visceral reaction to a little diagreement from your readership.

    You know it goes with the territory.

    Your post proved my point though. 1000 readers is alot? Hell, as bloggers go I’m nobody, but on days that I post I have nearly 1000 readers.

    I’m not saying you don’t deserve credit for your work and innovations while you were at Microsoft, just that you would not likely have done much of it had you not been HERE when you did it.

    I guess putting faith in YOU was the one other thing you would agree we’ve done right this decade.

    As for ballance – agree, for my part that ballance comes in that I have been (and am today) a reader of your writings.

    I’ve agreed with much of what you have written over the years, pro and con – I don’t agree with much of your recent writing – that seems ballanced to me.

    Speaking of ballance….

    Since you’ve become pretty anti-Microsoft recentlhy, I’m forced to question?

    Have you sudenly had this epiphany that Microsoft is incompetent ?

    Did you think this while you worked here, but decline to share the negativity because your sallary trumped "journalistic integrity"?

    Or is there some other motivation that we’re left to speculate on?

    For me, it’s not that you have an uncomplementary opinion so much as the way you agrandise your opinion.

    Howard Stern is a noisy opinionated guy, but I don’t make decisions based on what he says on his show.

    Your experience has always lead me to view your writing as information rather than entertainment and – for me – recent writing are leaning away from that.

    And Yea, sensationalistic content ABSOLUTLY boosts traffic.

  4. Again historical revisionism.

    >Did you think this while you worked here, but decline to share the negativity because your sallary trumped "journalistic integrity"? Or is there some other motivation that we’re left to speculate on?

    I attacked Microsoft’s internet strategy early and often back when I was a Microsoft employee too.

    How soon they forget.

    Back in 2003 1,000 readers was a hell of a lot.

    You have 1,000 readers cause you’re on blogs.msdn.com.

    I got that many without having a group of bloggers (3,000 strong now) to pull upon and BEFORE I worked at Microsoft.

    But, I am hearing things from my friends inside Microsoft that just makes me mad. Stuff that was really great getting killed by marketing. Lame decisions. And no sense of urgency to react to market conditions. Certainly not the Microsoft of 1995 when Bill Gates got everyone refocused on the Internet.

  5. I subscribed and religiously read Scoble while he was at Microsoft, but after only two weeks with his new venture I couldn’t rush quick enough to unsubscribe. His posts were no longer relevant to me, were increasingly irrelevant and most alarming, they should have came with an advertising warning!

    However, he does have a right to slag off Microsoft if he wants. Just don’t expect Bill to send Scoble a Xmas card this year.

    It is well accepted that Microsoft is the defition of, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" so where is the news in that!

  6. Ben L says:

    I think Rory can get annoying in the videos. He’s not funny.

  7. Rory says:

    Scoble –

    "I attacked Microsoft’s internet strategy early and often back when I was a Microsoft employee too.

    How soon they forget."

    Nobody here has forgotten.

    Memory is actually the problem. *Because* people can remember how long you’ve been doing this, it gets older and older and older…

    "Back in 2003 1,000 readers was a hell of a lot.

    You have 1,000 readers cause you’re on blogs.msdn.com.

    I got that many without having a group of bloggers (3,000 strong now) to pull upon and BEFORE I worked at Microsoft."

    Blah blah blah I’m so great blah blah blah my wang is *thiiiiiiis big* blah blah blah blah you aren’t great because you aren’t me blah blah blah blah blah I read ten bajillion blogs and that’s why I’m smart blah blah blah blah.

    "But, I am hearing things from my friends inside Microsoft that just makes me mad. Stuff that was really great getting killed by marketing. Lame decisions. And no sense of urgency to react to market conditions."

    You are *not* the person they should be contacting about this.

    If someone is really concerned about how a project is doing, there are approximately 59,999 other employees besides themselves who they should call first.

    Anyway, what projects did *you* save from getting scrapped, and how’d you do it?

    ("I READ FIVE MILLION BLOGS!!!! I WAS IN FORBES!!! BLEEEEAAGGGHH!" is not a valid answer.)