Thursday, September 16, 2010

Robert Scoble dubs ProtoSphere "interesting" and "very cool"

There's probably no single blogger more influential in technology than Robert Scoble. Best known for his blog, Scobleizer, Scoble began gaining notoriety as a technology evangelist for Microsoft in the early 2000s. He's also the mastermind behind building43, a popular content and social networking website for Rackspace.

I was honored when Scoble agreed to take a demo of ProtoSphere recently. I was doubly honored when he featured our meeting on his YouTube channel last week. Here's a shot of his channel when the video hit:

And here's his video of our meeting:

Scoble is one of the toughest tech skeptics there is. He's had his nose to the ground of technology since at least the early 90s, when he was an active participant in CompuServe, supporting early versions of Visual Basic.

Scoble has seen it all, but he only features what he feels is worthy of review. In fact, Scoble was excited enough about ProtoSphere that he tweeted the video of our meeting to not only his Twitter followers ...

"Video @ProtonMedia brings a Second-Life approach to enterprises Very cool 3D world used by big companies."

... but also to Tim O'Reilly, who, for the uninitiated, coined the term "Web 2.0" and is regarded as one of top computer book authors and publishers in the world.

"Yo @timoreilly check out how @ProtonMedia uses data in a 3D world:… Cool part is at about 23'rd minute in this video."

I'd encourage you to watch Scoble's video coverage of our meeting to see what he found interesting about ProtoSphere and why he deemed it worthy to feature on his YouTube channel. He called ProtoSphere "very cool" several times throughout our meeting, and wrapped up our conversation with, "I'm glad you brought this to my house and showed it to me, because this is really, most people don't think enterprise software can be sexy and interesting, and this is quite interesting."

I hope this doesn't sound too self-serving or promotional. But I've invested many years of my life in the strong belief that we are doing something innovative with ProtoSphere. To be able to present to someone who really does see it all everyday, and who has a great perspective on recognizing what technologies provide business value, versus which ones are just the shiny new thing ... honestly, it just gets me really excited, and makes me feel gratified and thankful.

So thanks for the kudos, Robert, and thank you again for taking the time to demo ProtoSphere. It was a pleasure!

Also folks, if you'd like to read through our interview, here's the complete transcript. Feel free to download and share.


Chris said...

Great video guys, it was really fun to watch Ron describe ProtoSphere. Certainly impressive and exciting.

Karl Kapp said...

Congrats, ProtoSphere does make enterprise software sexy and interesting. I have to agree, very cool!

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