Inside the Insiders is a series of interviews with some of the most recognized and outspoken Microsoft influentials, journalists and enthusiasts I know. I plan to go around interviewing as many of these peers as possible to find out more about their background, life outside of Microsoft and their darkest Unix fetishes. At least that’s what I tell them. Little did they know their answers will help me annihilate them and my other competitors.
Bob insists he is the dude on the left and not the ball of fun in the red vest.
Before the spew of silly little blogs like this one, most people visited one of the bigger technology websites or portals for their source of information and gossip. For Microsoft news, one of those that withstood the test of time is ActiveWin. One of it’s co-founders is Robert Stein, or otherwise simply known as Bob. I also happened to meet Bob during CES and there’s no better way to describe him than just a great down-to-earth guy. But as it turns out, he’s not as down-to-earth as I thought he was. In fact, you could say he’s above-and-all-over-the-earth.
Hey Robert. Who are you and what website do you run?
Movies: Big, Shawshank Redemption – I like most horror movies as well.
Books: 1984, Animal Farm
Foods: Sushi, Italian, just about anything
Hobbies: Travel – I love to travel and will go anywhere. My favorite places are India and Turkey, but I’ve been all over including Russia, England, Romania, etc. When I am not traveling, I like to go boating, cooking, snow skiing, swimming, etc. and just relax (without computers nearby).
School: BS, Penn State University and MBA University of Pittsburgh
Something hardly knows about me: I started my online career at AOL as a forum leader when I was just 13. Of course I did not tell them my age. And, I love to sky dive! If anyone wants to go skydiving let me know!