For other people named Kevin Rose, see Kevin Rose (disambiguation).
Robert Kevin Rose (born February 21, 1977) is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk. He also served as production assistant and co-host at TechTV's The Screen Savers. As of 2012, he is a venture partner at Google Ventures.
Rose was born in Redding, California and lived in Oregon before his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he spent most of his childhood. He became an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Rose transferred to Southeast Career and Technical Academy for high school (formerly know as Vo-Tech High School) in Las Vegas in 1992. He then attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, majored in computer science but dropped out in 1998. He worked for two dot-com startups through CMGI. In 2013, he married Darya Pino.
Rose was hired as a production assistant for The Screen Savers. He began appearing on-air in the "Dark Tip" segments and on Unscrewed with Martin Sargent, where he provided information on developing computing activities. He became a regular co-host when Leo Laporte left TechTV on March 31, 2004. On March 25, 2004, Comcast's G4 gaming channel announced a merger with TechTV, which resulted in a round of layoffs. Rose moved to Los Angeles to stay with G4. On May 22, 2005, Rose reached an agreement with G4 that released him from his contract and went on to create Systm and later, Revision3, where he co-hosted Diggnation alongside Alex Albrecht for 6 years.
Kevin Rose appeared on the first episode of R&D TV alongside Diggnation co-host Alex Albrecht. On November 14, 2007, he was a contestant on a game show at NewTeeVee Live. On March 11, 2009, April 16, 2010, and November 28, 2011, Rose was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, along with fellow Diggnation host Alex Albrecht.
Rose began podcasting on July 24, 2003, with the release of the first episode of thebroken while he was still working on The Screen Savers at TechTV. Rose founded Revision3 in Los Angeles, California with Jay Adelson and David Prager in April 2005. On July 1, 2005, Rose and Alex Albrecht started the weekly podcast, Diggnation, which summarizes top stories submitted by Digg users. On October 3, 2011, Alex and Kevin announced that they would be retiring the weekly Diggnation show at the end of the year. The final show was taped on December 30, 2011 at The Music Box in Los Angeles, California.
In November 2008, Rose was forced to apologize after making a crude joke about cutting off women's breasts on a video podcast. He said:
...there is only one time you can strike a woman if she kicks you in the balls, you have the ability and the right, to punch her in the teat...it's just like that...it's kinda like tit for tat. It hurts them, it does too...or take a scissors to the teat Rose then made a cutting action with his hand
Starting in 2009, Rose started an intermittent podcast called The Random Show with friend Tim Ferriss. As of August 2014, the show has a total of 24 episodes.
In 2004, Rose, Owen Byrne, Ron Gorodetzky, and Jay Adelson formed Digg, a technology link website. The website was publicly launched on December 5, 2004. In 2007, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. On September 1, 2010, Rose was replaced as CEO by Matt Williams, a former general manager of consumer payments at Amazon. On March 18, 2011, Rose resigned from his position at Digg.
On June 27, 2007, Rose launched a micro-blogging site called Pownce, which was acquired on December 1, 2008 and shut down on December 15, 2008 by blogging company Six Apart. In April 2011, the technology blog TechCrunch reported on the founding of "Milk". The company is focused on creating mobile applications. The first application to be released was Oink, a tool for ranking real-world items. In March 2012, Milk, Inc. announced that it would be shutting down its only product, Oink.
Kevin also hosts a video series called Foundation in which he interviews many startup founders and successful entrepreneurs.
On March 16, 2012, Rose announced that he, along with the rest of the Milk team (Daniel Burka, Chris Hutchins and Joshua Lane), would be joining Google. Kevin Rose started his first day as a senior product manager for Google on March 19, 2012. On May 30, AllThingsD reported that Rose had moved off the Google+ team to become a venture partner at Google Ventures.
Rose invested in Gowalla, Twitter, Foursquare, Dailybooth, NGMOCO, SimpleGeo, 3crowd, OMGPOP, Square, Facebook, Chomp and Formspring.
Protest at Rose's house:
On April 6, 2014, protestors demonstrated in front of Rose's home in San Francisco. The protesters held up a banner calling Rose a "parasite" and distributed a pamphlet accusing Rose of directing "the flow of capital from Google into the tech startup bubble that is destroying San Francisco." One banner read "I'ma Snip Snip Yr Ballz," an allusion to Rose's 2008 video podcast on Diggnation in which he joked about cutting off women's breasts.
Portland home demolition controversy:
On February 28, 2014, Rose and his wife Darya Pino purchased an 1892 house at 1627 NW 32nd Avenue in the Willamette Heights area of Portland, Oregon. They removed the historic designation of the 122-year-old home and filed plans to demolish it. Some Portland residents responded with a petition ("Save the Rose House") to save the structure in an attempt to preserve the history and character of their neighborhood. On June 24, it was reported that the Roses had accepted an offer from long-time neighborhood residents to buy the house, although the deal hadn't been finalized.
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