Side by side comparison Kevin Rose vs Chris Prillo

Both of these guys are (in case you didn't know) former hosts on Tech TV. Both have founded and maintained popular web sites and tech news portals. But in my mind that's were the similarity’s end. In fact I have found that when I meet new techie type people that one of the quickest ways to size them up is to ask them who they prefer. The reason this works is because these two personalities represent opposite ends to the technology spectrum.

Chiris Pirillo represents the extremely nerdy end (not that there is anything wrong with that) he is the kind of guy that was a proud member of his high school's AV club. He is helpful, cheerful, clean cut and way over caffeinated (remember his attempt at the 24 hour call for help-a-thon?).

Now Kevin rose on the other hand represents the bad boy, grey hat, computers can be sexy end of the spectrum. He is like the guy from High School who hung out with skaters and punks and was the go to guy when a garage band needed a website. He's the kind of guy who would be happy to show you how to bypass the schools web filters. And, when a website appeared out of no where with embarrassing pictures of the Vice Principal on it, a guy like Kevin would be the prime suspect.

So, what could cause such a drastic difference in the way two guys with similar interests and backgrounds would be perceived by their peers? Well my guess is just a couple of years time is all really. According to Wikipedia, Pirillo was born in 1973 and Rose in 1977, at first glace 4 years might not seem like a lot, but if you think about in the terms that Pirillo would have graduated High School in 90 and Rose in 95 you might start to see what I am getting at. In 90 computers were not for the mainstream there was no internet, no instant messenger, no Napster and very little porn. In 95 things were changing fast, suddenly it was cool to be know about PCs. Being able to edit HTML and throw up a website was a skill to be admired not ridiculed. I mean today if you don't have a Myspace site, a blog and a fliker account you are on the outside. So with out further ado, I present my side by side comparison and after that there will be a chance for you to vote.



Chris Prillo



Drinks Coffee (lots of it)

Formed Lockergnome

Told people not to steal music

Labeled as a blog princess for allegedly throwing a fit at a convetion when required to show ID

Chris Pirillo: Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing (Yeah that really took off)

Has been know to whore himself out for software like Incredimail

Owns websites that have been filled to the gills with ads and generally look…spammy

Fired from TechTV

His podcast is sometimes on the top 100 in iTunes

Most embarrassing moment on TechTV: Total mental breakdown 8 hours into an attempt at a 24 hour call-a-thon



Kevin Rose



Enjoys many types of tea

Started Digg.com (one the fastest growing websites on the internet)

Showed people how to download music and lots of other stuff too.

He has a very well done blog, with minimal ads and good information (although he rarely posts now in the age of Digg)
Core member of TWiT

Most embarrassing moment on TechTV: Accidentally showing a porn site on a live broadcast

The Dark tips (remember how cool they where?)











Kevin Rose vs Chris Prillo
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