Kevin Rose

Digg Founder Kevin Rose on Inc. Cover

Digg Founder Kevin Rose on the Cover of Inc. Magazine

“Part Steve Jobs, part Howard Stern — this guy could be the next Rupert Murdoch.”

Riding high on $28.7 million in fresh capital, Digg founder Kevin Rose makes the cover of Inc. magazine. Consistent with the thoughtful tone of his FoWA speech earlier this month, Kevin definitely looks more mature here than he did on the cover of BusinessWeek two years ago. Photo by April Buchert.

Digg Founder to Launch IM Startup

Fresh from earning another place in Internet legend for defying the MPAA, Digg founder Kevin Rose is set to launch an IM startup.

Business Week poster boy Kevin Rose is rumored to have teamed up with Daniel Burka also of Digg, and first time entrepreneur Leah Culver and has started a new company. Rose and Burka have worked closely on tools like Digg Spy. Burka is one of the main designers of Rose and Burka have worked closely for nearly two years.

We have learned from sources familiar with the company, that the trio are currently working on a new kind of a communications tool, that can be dubbed as an IM competitor. The company which is currently operating in stealth mode is going launch sometime later this month.

A 2005 blog post from Kevin (via Tech Manifesto) reveals some of his old ideas about IM, ideas this new startup might implement:

– Social pools: Want to meet someone new? Set your IM account to ‘swim’ and you will be placed into a ‘pool group’ of other users within x_degrees of separation. Join a chat room, or chat one-on-one.

– Group/Individual offline: The ability to right click on a group or individual and choose ‘appear offline’ – great for “sick days” from the office.

– Tagging: Highlight any text within a conversation and tag it for later retrieval.
/tag keyword1, keyword2 from the IM window.

Yahoo! Messenger supports offline groups and Wablet supports tagging, but I don’t know of any IM service that supports social pools. Kevin’s pretty much a geek god right now, so expect a sizable chunk of Digg’s 1,000,000 users to instantly adopt this just because he’s Kevin.