Robert Scoble, who pioneered tech videoblogging at Microsoft
with Channel 9 and produced hundreds of segments during his tenure at PodTech,
is launching a new business television network for Fast Company.

Some details of Robert’s new work were reported a few weeks ago on TechCrunch.

(Update 2:30 EST 1/16:  We just uploaded my interview with Ed Sussman, President of Mansueto Digital. You can grab the video here.  Mansueto Ventures publishes Inc. and Fast Company.  They have pretty amazing offices in lower Manhattan.)

Robert has signed an employment contract and
his gig begins tomorrow. The new network
is expected to launch on March 3.

As he builds the network, he will continue to produce daily
technology videos, much along the lines of the ScobleShow. He has the
assistance of a full time producer and is
looking for studio facilities in San Francisco.

In his new job, he will create and supervise a number of
channels with other video creators, he told me this afternoon in phone call
from San Francisco.  Robert expects to have at least five new channels launched this

Although he will continue to own and run Scobleizer blog
independently from Fast Company, he is entering into agreement with the
publisher to sell advertising. This
would be the first time ads, besides banners for his book, have been sold on the influential blog.

For the past year, Robert has contributed articles and videos and his link blog has been featured on Fast Company.

I will have more details tomorrow when I interview Robert’s new boss, Ed
Sussman, Mansueto Digital President.  Manseuto owns Fast Company and Inc. It has been investing heavily in online media.  Above is video of Ed Sussman and Robert.

Congratulations Robert, all the best on the new venture.

— Andy Plesser

Update: Here’s Robert’s post about his big move

Below is a photo of Robert and his son Patrick and me during the Vloggercon event in San Francisco 18 months ago, where Beet.TV broke the story of Robert leaving Microsoft.  Nice shot by Dan Farber.