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Splitsville at Rocketboom

Heather Green is probably the first reporter to talk to Amanda, Andrew and myself. She's long been our favorite vlog reporter, and pretty accurately sums up the saga.

My quote in the article comes from Heather's question, "Do you think things would have gone differently if they were making money?" (Or making more money - something to that effect.) I thought yes, if money was rolling in the door then they'd be more inclined to think something was going right. Lack of money certainly doesn't help most relationships.

This may shock a lot of people who falsely thought Rocketboom was pulling in $85,000/week, an off-the-cuff remark from Scoble. That is the highest number on the Rocketboom ad chart, but that doesn't mean they're reeling it in. It's a huge potential energy in need of a business partner to convert into kinetic monetary energy.

The Rocketboom split doesn't mean the podcast business model is doomed. Put any two really talented, motivated people together on a rocketship to success -- and the pressurecooker that goes along with it -- and they'd count themselves lucky to survive. They will both go on to do great things, and in a way there will be twice as much vlog-biz going on (or more).

July 6, 2006 at 02:12 AM in Videoblogging | Permalink

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Comments

I'm sorry about this whole situation. I didn't realize I had misreported the facts. Sorry about that too.

Posted by: Robert Scoble at Jul 6, 2006 2:35:21 AM

not at all Robert - it was an easy perception to have, and that number was really out there. it just wasn't a number they saw more than once (Earthlink was a little under that). yep, sadness all around.

not at PodTech though. :-)

Posted by: chuck at Jul 6, 2006 2:47:33 AM

I really shouldn't even try talking about the money, I'm screwing up the facts too. I believe it's true that RB isn't raking in $85k/week at the moment, but there's PLENTY of activity. Andrew posted about their sponsorship here.

Posted by: chuck at Jul 6, 2006 3:42:29 AM

It's a darn shame is what it is. Sometimes talent and creativity combined with money can be a dangerous thing. Good luck to both sides regardless of who did what.

Posted by: Drew Olanoff at Jul 6, 2006 10:05:42 AM

I agree that it's only going to get better down the road. Learn from errors, grow from mistakes, redundancy is bliss.

Posted by: Mike W. at Jul 6, 2006 4:19:12 PM