Robert Kevin Rose, born February 21, 1977, is a former 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. Rose attended 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.
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.
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.
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 Oink, the firm’s only product.
Image Caption: Kevin Rose in 2007. Credit: Brian Solis/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)