Kevin Rose

Partner at Google Ventures. Founder of @digg, @revision3.


The importance of selling your vision


As the founder of Digg it was my job to drive the product vision through design, development, and finally into the hands of our customers. As we grew…


We’re shutting down Tiiny

As I write this, our team has just submitted the final build of Tiiny to the App Store. This final release will allow our users to download their photos and videos before we shut the doors on our first experiment.

This isn’t another “so why didn’t xyz work?” post, pontificating on the how/what/why. At the end of the day Tiiny didn’t find an…


Meet Tiiny, our first project


Friends,

I wanted to introduce you to our first experiment at North Technologies: an app that’s launching today called Tiiny. Tiiny is quick way to share little (212x212) photos and videos with friends. But why? At first glance the idea of tiny pictures (that you can’t enlarge) sounds ridiculous. The world doesn’t need yet another photo…


Gut investing 


I’ve always admired deep-thinking tech investors. The ones that construct a big overarching thesis to frame their investment philosophy. “Software is eating the world,” “the bottom up economy,” and “investing in thunder lizards” are a few of my favorites.

Just before heading out on stage at a tech conference, TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington asked me, “How…

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Dishwashers seem inefficient


I recently purchased a new dishwasher.

In the marketing photos the dishes are stacked nicely and everything has its place. In reality my…


The importance of selling your vision


As the founder of Digg it was my job to drive the product vision through design, development, and finally into the hands of our customers. As we grew…


HTML 5 “Apps” will never succeed


Unless Apple or Google want them to.

Over the last year I’ve seen a half-dozen or so “HTML 5 App Stores” looking for funding — I always pass. Why? No one cares. Apple and Google have trained us to use app stores. When my mom gets her shiny new iPhone 5, she’s not going to remember the name of some misspelled obscure HTML 5 app store…


Urinating with Al Gore


Al Gore had just handed us (Digg) a term sheet for a 40 million dollar cash and stock acquisition by his company Current TV. It was the first time that Digg had a solid, ink on paper, offer on the table.

We were in the middle of discussing what the combined entity would look like and decided to take a 15 minute break. With butterflies in my stomach I…