Kevin Rose Biography
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. From 2012 to 2015, he was a venture partner at GV.
Kevin Rose Age
Early Years. Born Robert Kevin Rose on February 21, 1977, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A computer geek almost from the moment he could type, Rose got his start as a programmer at the age of 8 by banging away on the family’s Commodore 64 computer. He is 42 years old as of 2019
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Kevin Rose Career
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 System 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 the broken 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 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 March 2015, the show has a total of 27 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. Digg was acquired by Betaworks for $500,000 in 2012.
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 four others of the Milk team (Daniel Burka, Chris Hutchins, and Joshua Lane), was hired by Google after shutting down Milk and laying off the remaining members. 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 GV. In January 2015, Rose announced he would leave GV to focus on his new app development lab – North.
Rose invested in Gowalla, Twitter, Foursquare, Dailybooth, ngmoco, SimpleGeo, 3crowd, OMGPOP, Square, Facebook, Chomp, and Formspring.
After leaving Google, Rose started Watchville, a news aggregation app focused on wristwatches. In July 2015, after Watchville merged with another watch-enthusiast site called Hodinkee, Rose moved to New York City to become the chief executive of Hodinkee.
In April 2017, Rose stepped down from his role as Hodinkee CEO to become a partner in a start-up venture firm, True Ventures.
Kevin Rose Wife | Married
Darya Rose (born November 18, 1979; nee Pino) is a weblogger, neuroscientist, and author. She is known as the founder of weblog Summer Tomato, and as a health & food contributor to The Huffington Post and other publications.
In 2011, TIME named Rose’s weblog, Summer Tomato, one of “50 Websites That Make the Web Great.”
She is the author of the book “Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting”, (ISBN 9780062201256) published by HarperOne in May 2013.
Rose received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco in 2010 and has a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology, with an emphasis in neurobiology. She received the IL Chaikoff award from the MCB department at Berkeley recognizing her honors work. She currently resides in San Francisco, California.
In 2013, she married tech magnate Kevin Rose.
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 known 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.
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 Northwest 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.
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.
Kevin Rose Net Worth
Kevin Rose is an American internet entrepreneur who has a net worth of $30 million dollars. Born February 21, 1977, Kevin Rose is best known for co-founding Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk, as well as serving as production assistant and co-star at TechTV’s The Screen Savers.
After dropping out of the University of Las Vegas, Rose began coding software. At the age of 19, Rose’s computer skills were so good that he landed a job at the Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site, which he worked while attending the University of Las Vegas.
He dropped out of college his sophomore year to work as a programmer full-time. Through his time as host of a cable show called Screen Savers, he made important connections with some of Silicon Valley’s biggest players, including Apple computer co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Envious of Wozniak’s stories of the days of pioneering the Apple computer, Rose went home to dig around the internet for interesting tidbits of news that might be somewhat obscure and was struck by the realization that this searching of the web was messy and time-consuming.
And that got Rose thinking…maybe he could create a service that did this automatically for users…one that tapped the site’s community to post and rank content from bloggers and news sites. Those stories that appeared on the front page would represent the most popular ones of the day…and $1200 (from his own bank account) later, Digg was born.
His ambition for the site was, admittedly, modest and he was more than pleasantly surprised when Digg took off—to the tune of hundreds of thousands of visitors per month within a year or so. A shrewd investor, Rose put money into the early launches of Twitter and Foursquare.
In July 2012 it was announced that the assets of Digg.com had been acquired by a company called Betaworks for $500,000 plus equity. Later that year he became a venture partner at Google Ventures.