by Brian Solis
Shot outside the world famous HP Garage
First to leave Podtech was Irina Slutsky, Eddie Codel, and Jeremiah Owyang, then founder John Furrier, Steve Gillmor, and Tom Foremski. And now, Robert Scoble is leaving the troubled online video network.
What a shame.
Michael Arrington says that Scoble is going to FastCompany and may help launch the new FastCompany TV channel. Arrington is also reporting the Podtech is running out of money and may secure a $1 million bridge loan to keep it afloat.
Scoble has been running the popular ScobleShow at Podtech and had scored a lucrative deal with Seagate to keep it on the air. No word yet on whether or not he’ll keep his show format and if Seagate will remain a sponsor.
Quite honestly, Podtech was and still is an interesting idea that shows promise. It just needs guidance, content and relationships with specific content producers that will make it relevant to the right people. I don’t know if it’s too late or not, but the company, like its main competitor PodShow, are doing good things, but the market isn’t yet cultivated enough to carry a costly business infrastructure.
I’ll follow up Scoble when he’s back from LeWeb to get a more complete story about his plans.
Update: Robert Scoble says his next move is not yet finalized. He will make his formal announcement on January 15th, 2008.
According to Robert’s tweet, “It’s true, I’m at PodTech until January 14, 2008. After that? The deal hasn’t been signed yet, so we’ll announce it on January 15th.”
Update #2: Scoble shares his reasons behind the decision to change. You should read it, it’s quite revealing and engaging.