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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

For the Record

I am disheartened by Andrew Baron's decision to spread misinformation. He knows I cannot move to LA without a job...but insists on spinning things this way to shore up his assertion that I am "walking away" from Rocketboom. I did not walk away. I did not accept Andrew's idea of "partnership". I'll explain more a little further down.

It's not true. I'm presently living with my parents in Connecticut until I can get back on my feet.


Below you will find a letter written by Andrew on Sunday, June 25, two days after he pulled the plug on Rocketboom. My responses, which were sent to Andrew on the same day, are in red.

Andrew responded the next day by saying he would not respond to this letter. This then was followed by days of back and forth negotiations, ending yesterday, on Independence Day, with Andrew telling Chuck Olsen, our mediator, that he was taking control of the show and my option was to be the
"face" of rocketboom with no involvement beyond that
(I might in the future be allow to "produce shows", but not for the time being). Very old media. Considering I have personally written, produced, and hosted Rocketboom and was already a producer on Jet Set, this was totally unacceptable. I don't know any "partnership" that functions like that.

I had hoped to keep things civil, and thought my video message to the Rocketboom viewers was very neutral. I felt the need to communicate with the RB audience, without getting into the nitty-gritty of "he said, she said". Dirty laundry is not attractive. That said, ALL the facts, at this point, based on Andrew's actions, need to be presented.


...


Dear Amanda, this is my last attempt to reach out and let you know I really wish you would stay.

Andrew, you fired me.

After everything that has built up over the last several months (and longer apparently) and with everything I have learned about your disinterest in my various levels of critical input, I can understand why you would need to leave and I as I have always said, I will never hold you back.

I'm sorry you feel that way. I've repeatedly expressed my respect for your many gifts. Especially:

1. You are an exceptional executive producer. Your instincts for what will work or not, and your general vision for the creation of content and distribution for videoblogs is, I believe, unparalleled.

2. You are an exceptional speaker. Whether at conferences, in business meetings or during consulting, you excel at describing the power of Rocketboom and the medium.

3. You are an ingenious curator. Your extraction of outstanding content from all resources is, again, unparalleled.

4. You are a superb navigator of the blogosphere. Additionally, I have always entrusted you with the final decisions of the physical design of Rocketboom.

In fact, it saddens me that you have not had the time and/or willingness to significantly participate creatively in Rocketboom for some months now. We've sent you things during the production process, and what we've received back is criticism after the show has already been produced or after it is too late to make changes. Statements like "I'll continue to check my blackberry but please dont wait on me if it starts to slow you down" and "I will have my phone so I can still chime in but dont feel ever wait on me for any answers if I cant respond in time" really don't cut it.

As you know, when I gave you the 49% of Rocketboom I told you that I hoped it would work out and that the reason why I gave you that percentage was so that you would become involved enough to stay with the company.

I have always been and still am intensely involved in Rocketboom.

Since I told you so many times that I would never want to hold you back from moving on to L.A. to pursue your own thing - since you always said this was really your passion well before I met you -we agreed that you would not take the 49% if you were to move away to L.A. on your own.

That is completely incorrect. There was no agreement about forfeiture of the 49%. We together have had a detailed plan for some time in preparation for the move to LA. And please note I was moving to LA on Rocketboom business, not only to "do my own thing". You did say you would never hold me back, and you also made it clear that doing Rocketboom would not be mutually exclusive of pursuing other passions. Our plan was as follows:

5/05 Amanda told Andrew she was serious about moving to LA by 10/05. Andrew agreed and said that was completely reasonable, since current technology allows Rocketboom to be produced from anywhere.

10/05 Amanda and Mario stored their possessions, gave up their apartment and took a sublet in preparation for the move. Andrew was fully aware.

10/05-4/06 Amanda and Mario continued to sublet. The move was repeatedly delayed, long beyond the original "completely reasonable" time frame. Finally, with Andrew's consent, Rocketboom moved forward to actual transition.

4/06 A plan was implemented for Andrew and Mario to co-direct shoots, gradually transitioning Mario to be interim director. A new professional director was to be hired in LA. What actually happened was that Andrew attended shoots infrequently and by 5/06 had stopped attending altogether.

5/21/06 At this time, the term of Amanda and Mario's sublet was up. Andrew had not attended shoots for nearly a month, and there would be no Rocketboom paycheck for June. Nevertheless, production continued by Amanda and Mario at Amanda's parents' home in Connecticut.

6/16/06 Andrew, Mario and Amanda agreed upon a departure date for LA within the next couple of weeks. Within the next few days, June 30th was chosen. Andrew's assistant had a list of possible editors in LA (which was never delivered to Amanda despite numerous requests). Zadi and Steve were excited to have Amanda nearby to better co-produce Rocketboom's project, The Jet Set Show.

6/23/06 Mario received a call from Andrew in essence saying that Mario and Amanda must either move back to New York or Rocketboom was over.

Since you have claimed that you are moving next week, and because you have never suggested a plan for how this move can integrate into Rocketboom, and because you have already said your goodbye, I get the message and will now move on myself the best I can.

Andrew, see our long term and extensive plan described above.

And, as it turns out, I cannot move to LA because our plan was for me to be engaged in, and compensated for, work on Rocketboom there. Since you will no longer allow that, I have no source of income and therefore cannot move.

With regards to tomorrow's show and the future of Rocketboom, I am not sure what I will do, but you will be honored and respected and encouraged. My plan is to simply say that you are moving on to L.A. to take on the world, that this was always your dream and that you are a obviously a brilliant personality who will no doubt take it by storm.

Please do not speak for me. We've had a long standing agreement in good faith about me continuing Rocketboom from LA, which you have now reneged upon.

Should anyone react and consider the move to be a shame, I will always defend you for following your own dreams and aspirations and staying true to your own interests with acting and now producing.

Again, please do not speak for me. My dreams and aspirations included Rocketboom.

You have wanted to move to L.A. since before I met you, so I am sorry that we could not manage getting there sooner together with Rocketboom still working.

As we've both acknowledged, Rocketboom could not only work but grow stronger by having a presence on both coasts.

With all my love and support for you as a friend, I will never stop caring about you and will always look forward to seeing you bloom.

Andrew, I've said repeatedly that I think you are a genius. Still, there have been problems. Recently, you have treated me as an employee rather than a partner. That may explain your feelings about the 49%.

Business and production can and should be done from both coasts, as we have both acknowledged. To dictate where I live is unnecessary and outrageous and has resulted in the present situation.

And Andrew, our agreement stands. I do own 49% of Rocketboom.

With respect to our show, I suggest we delve into the archives and do a "best of" week. This will allow us some time to work things through.

We had an agreement, Andrew. You should honor it.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Andrew

Sincerely,


Amanda

224 Comments:

  • At 9:09 PM, Blogger lisa said…

    Amanda, you are in my thoughts. Hang in there and take everything you have learned from the RB experience. You can be bigger and better than RB.

     
  • At 9:27 PM, Blogger StudentloanNetworker said…

    Amanda,

    You know you're pretty much employable anywhere, right? Rocketboom may go on, but the face and voice of Rocketboom is you - and that's a brand that you take wherever you go. Shit, I'd hire you in a second to do... umm, I don't know, stuff, at the Student Loan Network just to take advantage of your personal power.

    Seriously, if you ever find yourself up near Boston, drop me a line. The Financial Aid Podcast has been dabbling for a while in video. The possibility for something bigger is there.

    Don't be surprised if you get a crapload of other offers, too.

     
  • At 9:27 PM, Blogger corto said…

    this is such a loss for us... the community of viewers.

    I say screw 'em and start a new vlog called PocketBoom. :)

     
  • At 9:27 PM, Blogger rocketfan23 said…

    There is no rocketboom without you, Amanda. Your fans will follow you wherever you go. We love you!

     
  • At 9:35 PM, Blogger BionicBuddha said…

    Very soon this will seem a small event in your life, which will undoubtedly be filled with successes beyond your dreams. Your ambition and creativity will ultimately determine your destiny....



    www.bionicbuddha.com

     
  • At 9:35 PM, Blogger StudentloanNetworker said…

    Helps if I leave my contact info.

    FinancialAidPodcast at Gmail Dot Com.

    Also, I might have someone in LA for you to talk to.

    Chris Penn
    Student Loan Network

     
  • At 9:38 PM, Blogger EgrRulez! said…

    good riddens to bad rubbish. amanda, you are rocketboom -- doesn't he realize that there is no rocketboom with out amanda? he may try to salvage his precious brand, but the fans will follow you.

    please, please, please don't go away. like financial aid podcast said... i'd employ you in a heartbeat. know anything about data integration? ;)

    EgrRulez!

     
  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger Paul Mendoza said…

    Amanda, good luck.

     
  • At 9:57 PM, Blogger Bill Knighton said…

    I listened to TWIT episode 57 with Andrew Baron just a few days ago and I think he was depreciating of you on it. I wasn't impressed by him even before this and now I have to think that he's left with nothing. I just hope enough RocketBoom refugees know about your blog and where to look for you next.

     
  • At 9:59 PM, Blogger Tonetheman said…

    amanda. everything will work out i think. even if you do not end up at rocketboom. someone with your talent will shine through. rock on man!

     
  • At 10:01 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    Unfortunately, I have had to write a very similar letter to a supervisor once, about a fellow employee who was, for no apparent reason, trying to turn the whole workcenter against me. I know writing this, and at this point making it public, was not easy for you. Know that despite the difficult people, there are thousands who have not and will not speak here, that support you and will have you in their thoughts.

     
  • At 10:03 PM, Blogger Jethro said…

    well its up to all us bloggers to inform our readers where ever amanda goes - agree with the others - rocketboom was you Amanda - not anything else.
    Make a new start - and this time finance it on your own - it shouldn't take long for the word to get out - lik fin aid pod said - id hire u in a second! - we are on east coast of aus though...
    its possible you need a good lawyer too - looks like andrew is right royally screwing you with his 49% - of what - without you tehre is no revenue and a heap of expenses - you might well end up with 49% of debt
    good luck and let us know in here what your plns are - when you can

     
  • At 10:05 PM, Blogger Zennie Abraham said…

    Sad. Tearfully sad to read, because the problem is obvious to me as I read this.

    To look back, Andrew recruited you via his Craiglist post, but obviously -- even by his most current words expressed here -- failed to consider how your role would evolve.

    When I started "SBS Personalities" I had (and have) this simple rule: "My job is to make you a star." Think about that for 30 seconds. It means that if I place you in a role to present an image, it's not only my job to promote you in that role, but to make sure your needs and desires are catered to.

    I took on that idea because I knew four-square that such a relationship materializes anyway once the person in the "image" role becomes a hit.

    Andrew forgot -- indeed, didn't know -- that he was placing you in this position. Moreover, and I think this is where he felt he was losing control as your popularity grew. "Rocketboom" became not so much your story, but you, your brother, and your boyfriend as a vehicle and Andrew probably believed your relationship with him was deteriorating to the point where the show was no longer fun for him.

    In other words, Andrew may have felt -- I don't know him -- that he was becoming an "appendage" with every moment and with every "ally" you brought into the picture: brother, boyfriend, etc. I can see his point of view, but my approach would have been to really make sure we've got a detailed corporate structure in place, where you're a coporation with stock.

    Why?

    Because under that umbrella you can distribute stock to brother, boyfriend, etc, and Andrew can still have his 51 percent. But it would cause you to figure out how much stock you -- and Andrew -- were willing to give up to the others. Or just pay them, where they become employees.

    See?

    Having written this, your relationship can be repaired, if you like. If you like. If you like (again) But what you have to return to is what you like about doing Rocketboom, and each other. Then really hash out the matter of who does what and the real big issue -- starting a company.

    Funny. At Vloggercon I told Andrew this is what he needed to do.

    I think the two of your are stronger as a team rather than separate. Amanda's you've clearly established a name for yourself and will go far. Andrew's new version of Rocketboom will not be the success it was because it lacks you.

    Plus, there's the other problem: how do you, Andrew, regain the confidence and support of sponsors like Earthlink? This spat is public. Everyone of note is seeing it. It will impact the value of your sponsorships, and not in a good way.

    In closing, I wish you God's speed. I believe Amanda that you have a singular talent and wit, and business savvy. I certainly see that, and I think all you wanted was to be seen as the great business woman that you are.

    That's nothing to be ashamed of.

     
  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger gd007 said…

    It was wonderful to see you. Hope you will be back somewhere.

    --G
    http://www.stock-article.com/

     
  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger Marius said…

    Amanda,
    Thank you for sharing the painful details. As I said in a previous email, and as is evidenced herein, there are multitudes, myself among them, who will follow and support your exploits whatever they may be. You are a force, and a talent to be reckoned with, and I look forward to enjoying the fruits of your success very soon.

    Rock on, Amanda.
    Peace,
    Marius

     
  • At 10:09 PM, Blogger Chris said…

    This is so sad! You are Rocketboom, that is all there is to it. Hang in there and we hope to see you back in front of the camera again soon.

     
  • At 10:11 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Good Luck! oh, and get a new backdrop ;)

     
  • At 10:20 PM, Blogger jcklsgk said…

    this sucks.

    You are rocket boom.

    Fuck em.

    If you want to vent...
    You welcome to it on my radio show.

     
  • At 10:25 PM, Blogger Carl Weaver said…

    Amanda, I second what everyone else is saying - that you were really Rocketboom's hook, face and personality. I wouldn't say that RB couldn't survive without you, but it will certainly be different and would likely have to develop a whole new group of viewers to get back to where it was.

    You are powerful in this world. I suspect you don't fully appreciate this because of the current situation. I have every confidence that you will land on your feet and that you have learned a lot from being part of RB and will benefit from many aspects of this experience.

    In the meantime, I hope you can make it to LA. I have some friends out there at CLC Films. They do more offbeat stuff but I am sure they would love to work with you if they have any projects going. In fact, I think they do have something in the works, if I remember right.

    Good luck and keep in touch. This whole thing stinks. But the nice part about stink is that it washes off.

     
  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger Adam said…

    Amanda, there is no Rocketboom without you. I appreciate your transparency, as I'm sure many do, but regardless of what happened, this is still the case.

    I don't envy whomever Andrew tries to sub in for your role, since I believe they're going to be met with a backlash the likes of which the Blogosphere has never seen.

    If it comes down to a legal issue over who gets the 49%, I'm sure there are more than enough lawyers who are long-time viewers of yours that would be more than eager to help you out.

    Best wishes,
    Adam.

     
  • At 10:27 PM, Blogger Dr. Dean Brandon said…

    Don't let all this get you down. Business is a rough place and good people are sometimes put in bad situations. Feelings get hurt too. You are young and talented. There are brighter opportunities ahead. Whether you end up with Rocketboom or another venture, you will do well. Check out the song "Mountains" by Lonestar. God Bless..

     
  • At 10:29 PM, Blogger BL said…

    rocketboom without you is like barnes without noble.

    you'll go on to great things.
    B.L.

     
  • At 10:33 PM, Blogger Patrix said…

    Too bad they let you go. They just lost their 'boom'.

     
  • At 10:36 PM, Blogger djrange said…

    Amanda, you are Rocketboom. It's no fun to watch without you. Use all means to secure your interests with your stake in Rocketboom and move to something else, I'm sure you can get a ton of offers anywhere, especially LA.


    Take care and all the best.

     
  • At 10:36 PM, Blogger CemDemircioglu said…

    I know it is hard to lose something that you valued, created, imagined. Just try to think from the positive side. The meta you lost is not something you are organically attached to or irreplaceable in value. It is just one of your crazy ideas. I am sure you have more of them.

    Your dear ex-boss is giving you a chance, to innovate again and raise the bar you set. How cool is that??

    In this adventure, don’t forget, Amanda is Amanda and she is more intelligent, humorous, and gorgeous than ever before. Enjoy.

     
  • At 10:47 PM, Blogger Kassandra said…

    Amanda, as far as I am concerned, RocketBoom does not exist without Amanda Congdon. You are the show, and I think Andrew is dumb to fire you or even consider removing you from the show, regardless of what your decision was. From reading the letter it seems that he's not waning to keep his end of he bargain, and anstead is willing to destroy one of the greatest things ever done on the internet IMO.

    I hope you can find a new thing similar to RocketBoom.

    I will unsubscribe until you are back, I hope I can find a new show hosted by you sometime soon ^^

     
  • At 10:51 PM, Blogger wewerethecoolkids said…

    Amanda,
    This is NOT cool but I know that wherever you go next you'll do even better. Best of luck!

    Arthur

     
  • At 10:54 PM, Blogger Emirates Mac said…

    It's hard to imagine RB without you Amanda. I wish you the best with whatever you do next.

     
  • At 10:58 PM, Blogger Mack said…

    I was let go at a job almost a year ago. We were having problems and I decided it was time to leave. She was short on coaches for her cheerleading gym and wasn't looking for anyone else so I felt obligated to stay at least part-time to help her out. I worked one night a week and was scheduled to leave two months later. After a few weeks,it seemed that the boss and I were getting along and so, I wanted to stay but She let me go because

    *She didn't like my entrepreneurial website: http://www.coachmack.com

    *I asked for a raise

    *She thought I was planning to steal her clients via the website, email communication, and phone.

    I felt really bad about it. I liked her from the very beginning. It was just a lot of miscommunication.

    Also, she discovered an email to parents of her cheer gym some personal /private information exchanged between me and her (I told her to ask a few parents to send her copies of emails I exchanged with them to prove that I wasn't stealing any of her business). I didn't think it was anything bad.

    It was similar to what you shared with us on your post. Actually, yours was a lot more detailed.

    I still feel bad about it. I wish I can work it out with her.

    I hope it works out better for you.

    Mack

     
  • At 11:04 PM, Blogger Kinzaikent said…

    Amanda, Rocketboom was a wall and you. Now it's just a wall. :)

    We're fans over here at AskANinja.com

     
  • At 11:14 PM, Blogger tangerine said…

    Amanda~

    Please know that your fans support AND will MISS you on RB.

    Thank you very much for blogging your side of the scenerio.

    Please understand:
    One door closes.
    Another opens.

    I pray that the door that opens for you creates a path of recognition RB could never produce.

    We love you Amanda!

     
  • At 11:16 PM, Blogger Scott-O-Rama said…

    Amanda-

    Looks like you have a job offer waiting already. Jason Calacanis is offering you a job on his blog: http://www.calacanis.com/2006/07/05/advice-and-an-offer-for-amanda-congdon/

    Looks like a pretty good deal.

    Good luck whatever you decide.

    S.

     
  • At 11:19 PM, Blogger David Meade said…

    Wow, I'm so sorry to read this. It seems clear that youre leaving was very much against your "dreams and aspirations", and thats very sad.

    I know (as others have said) that you're going to move on to some great new thing ... but its still sad to see this parting of ways when you weren't ready for it.

    Try to look forward however, as the next great thing *is* heading your way.

    When in the near future we all can again hear "I'm Amanda Congdon and this is ..." your viewers will follow you to where "this" is.

     
  • At 11:23 PM, Blogger byen00 said…

    "When one door closes, another door opens"
    -- Spanish proverb

    "There are two great tragedies in life. One is to not get what you want; the other is to get what you want. And if I had gotten what I wanted, it would have been a greater tragedy than my not getting what I wanted, because it allowed me to get something else."
    -- Dr. Jonas Salk, Salk Institute
    Click here for website which has video interview, here for interview

    A classic case is the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden ("The Wizard of Westwood", multiple NCAA championships). He wanted the Univ of Minnesota job, but the UCLA offer came 1st..the rest as they say, is History.

    So, LIfe is giant meandering path.."branching tree" of decision-paths. Take the Rocketboom experience..learn from it, & move on. I guarantee you your visibility with RB is almost surely a foot-in-the-door for another opportunity. I get the impression you were being squeezed out of any partnership activity (your Northwestern degree implies you have brains & are capable of other skills other than a pretty face/body), so next time get your requirements in WRITING (a contract).

    Why not start your own company, & have majority share? Just look for an enterprising techie guy to handle the Blogging details.

    My experience at AFI (American Film Institute)/Hollywood back in '93 (when Multimedia was beginning to kickin with CDs):

    Q: How do you make $$ in Multimedia
    A: Stories. Human Interest. People want to be entertained. There has to be a storyteller, a story..the medium is just different (CDs, DVDs, Blogs, etc). However, the concepts are basically the same

    Interview with a successful businessman:

    Q: How did you get rich?
    A: By making a lot of mistakes

    Q: What?
    A: But, I LEARNED from those mistakes

    Q: So, you weren't successful right off the bat?
    A: Nope. Life is an Adaptive Process: "the ability (or inability) to adapt to Chaning/Dynamic conditions". Experience is a Great Teacher.


    "May your Travels be Prosperous"

     
  • At 11:27 PM, Blogger ed said…

    Wow, sucks to hear this. Rocketboom is awesome. YOU are Rocketboom, so this makes you awesome! I'll miss the Rocketboom, but I'm sure you'll do well in your other pursuits.

     
  • At 11:35 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    Thanks so much for all your support everyone!! It really means so much to me. SO much. It's really cheering me up. :)

    FYI...
    My contract with Andrew IS in writing, is filed with the bank, and still stands.

     
  • At 11:37 PM, Blogger Smaran said…

    I agree with ed here, you were and are Rocketboom. Start a new podcast and we'll all switch and subscribe to that. For the record, are you still going to be helping out with Jet Set?

     
  • At 11:45 PM, Blogger Kinzaikent said…

    If the 49% is in writing, it seems you have a pretty big stake on whether the brand continues or not.

    Essentially his two per cent edge is meaningless since if gives up any of his stake it makes him vulnerable to you aligning with them.

    I obviously haven't read the agreement, but it has the potential to be very messy. Don't get screwed over without getting paid.

    The cleanest solution would be for all joint properties to cease and for all parties to start new entities/brands.

     
  • At 11:45 PM, Blogger restafarian said…

    First off, I usually can't muster the momentum to post on blogs but your courageous net neutrality vlog kicked me. I have several tidbits for you:

    1. Let fear light your ass but don't let it put you to sleep, only when your tired

    2. Startup. You can do it on your own, you have the momentum. Going back will be a demotion

    3. Don't wait on anyone or let any "promised" deal delay your progress. Push ahead

    4. And last but most important, you are a little chick that just cracked out of its shell, you will shiver a bit, get a coat an kick some ass.

    Semper Fi,
    -Ron T.

     
  • At 11:45 PM, Blogger JMO said…

    Amanda, I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed your show this past year. It has made my day on many occasions, and it is all due to you. You are entertaining and funny and amazing to watch. I'm not sure what I'll do without my dose of AC everyday. I wish you all the luck in the world, and if there is anything we (your fans) can do to help you out, let us know. You have a big online following, and we will go where ever you go.

    JMO

     
  • At 11:46 PM, Blogger Jack Bennett said…

    Amanda, it is to your credit that I (and I assume many others) could not tell by watching RB that all this was going on behind the scenes. Its sad when both a friendship and partnership sour. RB will probably continue on but I don't know if I will watch it, to me (as many have commented) YOU were Rocketboom and you were more than just the "face" of it. Without you it'll be like the Tonight Show going from Carson to Leno - maybe its the same name and format but its lost its heart.

    If I hadn't stumbled on a link one day that led me to a snarky sarcastic blonde doing something that resemebled cable access on crack, I would never have made RB one of my daily fixes (and BTY, I am one of those conservative viewers you told John Edwards you were trying to "alienate" - obviously it didn't work). RB may be a commercial brand name among podcasts now but I think Drew will find that YOU were the big draw among those of us who watched.

    Needless I doubt you will go unemployed for long (at least I hope not). You've got a built in fanbase of thousands. Just let us know how you're doing...and good luck.

     
  • At 12:31 AM, Blogger Fred said…

    Amanda,

    This whole episode sounds like RocketBoom might be ripe for the first behind-the-scenes weblog-based reality TV show!

    Episode 1 starts now with this bitter and public fight.. rife with deception lies and reneged promises.

    Hire two videographers to chronicle this fight from both sides! We clearly have both the pro and antagonist! Edit it all together in Final Cut and post a new episode every Saturday. Continue to produce the daily RocketBoom posts as usual.

    You'll be right up there with Lost and 24!! Sell advertising on the new show, and open RocketBoom SoCal.

    Turn this lemon into lemon flavored vodka!

    My 2 cents.

     
  • At 12:51 AM, Blogger Taylor Barcroft said…

    Amanda, you are loved by many and your willingness to share the whole truth and nothing but the truth with all of us shows us why. Andrew had better wake up and smell the coffee before this turns really ugly. Your honest open way of dealing with his inconsistencies and betrayal is admirable. Thank you for continuing to be the awesome force you are. Love, Taylor

     
  • At 1:00 AM, Blogger The Floating Cat said…

    We, your caring audience, appreciate the sincerity with which you have shared your feelings with us during this rough time.

    We look forward to watching, reading, and hearing from you in your future endeavors.

     
  • At 1:08 AM, Blogger Greg said…

    I won't address your future because, frankly, anyone who's watched RB knows that you've got a bright one ahead.

    What I will address is the contract. Any liquidity provisions hiding in there? If there are no restrictions on your equity and what you do with it, there are a lot of ways to cause... well, karma, for lack of a better phrase, to come back around. :)

    And even if you're not interested in the karma angle, it's pretty clear the property is worth vastly less without you than with you. So find a starry-eyed investor to buy your share and put this behind you with some greenbacks in your pocket.

     
  • At 1:11 AM, Blogger Joshua Plotkin said…

    Best of luck with the move. Unfortunately, I must admit (and many others likely agree) that I appreciated the he-said she-said transcript and any associated transparency it might offer.

     
  • At 1:15 AM, Blogger Joshua Plotkin said…

    Best of luck with the move.
    Unfortunately, I must admit (and others likely agree) that I appreciated the he-said she-said transcript and any associated transparency it might offer.

     
  • At 1:15 AM, Blogger David Kahan said…

    There is no 'Rocketboom' without Amanda. Who can believe this ?
    I would move to LA and sell the script of the Rocketboom adventure to Steven Spielberg.And you star in it featuring.

     
  • At 1:34 AM, Blogger scott said…

    Hi Amanda,

    You seem like a happy person; don't let lies, deceit and greed stop you from shining.

    I live in LA. I am a programmer and my wife is an actress. If there is anything we can do to ease your move or help you do your own thing, we will.

     
  • At 1:46 AM, Blogger Ironic1 said…

    *heavy sigh*

    For a little levity, I listed some Things I Learned from Amanda.

    I'm glad you have your parents to go to. Parents really can be wonderful creatures sometimes.

     
  • At 1:48 AM, Blogger Matt Baker said…

    Please don't hate me, but...

    I understand the feeling to asplode the dirty laundry, but even though I'm a tremendous fan, I gotta say that the fight that's staring here is not professional.

    This is why you have a mediator. Keep this away from the fans. RB will go on for a while with in interem host, fans will probably send in material to cover for you, and the show has to go on regardless of the current situation.

    Amanda, to be blunt, quit acting like a dumped teenager. Stop telling the world Andrew is lying, even if he's making it all up, and take the high road. Figure this out privately, work out some type of PR arrangement, make a quick joke about it, and move on.. it worked for Norm McDonald and SNL!

    PS. Please don't work exclusively on Television. I think everyone here loves you on the Internet.

     
  • At 1:56 AM, Blogger Carlos said…

    Amanda, we love watching you and I wish you the best on the your subsequent work which I am sure I will subscribe to and actively support. Andrew Baron acted completely unprofessionally in this situation and I hope that the pressure that "digg" and other "new media" will create will change things, or at least make for a better outcome for you personally.

    Good luck!

     
  • At 2:23 AM, Blogger Benny Boy said…

    I was not aware of Rocketboom before seeing the post on digg about you being "Unboomed", I decided to have a look through the archives.

    The latest 'Booms' in the archive(without Amanda) don't compare to the earlier ones.

    As far as I can see you WERE Rocketboom, I think Andrew has dug Rocketboom's grave with this decision.

     
  • At 3:30 AM, Blogger Chris said…

    Amanda, you were why people logged in to Rocketboom! I expect many doors will open for you. Everything from TV to films, to internet. Choosing which to pursue is probably going to be your hardest decision. Think of Rocketboom as a stepping stone to greater things.

     
  • At 3:31 AM, Blogger DigitalSuperDoc said…

    With a tear in my eye and hope for your well-being in my heart, I have unsubscribed my RSS feed of Rocketboom and have subscribed to RSS feed UnBoomed.

     
  • At 3:41 AM, Blogger filmex said…

    I don't think Amanda is 'starting a fight here!'.

    Amanda has a right to keep her fans informed, and that's all she's done.

    Having had a business excursion go south myself, I too was victim of not heeding the old adage of 'every partnership eventually turns into a sinking ship'.

    Truer words were never spoken.

    Keep fighting for that 49%. That Andrew thinks he can dangle that like a carrot whenever he wants is remarkable.

    In any case, know your legion of fans will be waiting to see where you pop up next.

    Poor Andrew. Can't seem to grasp his Rocket isn't going to go Boom again anytime soon, unless he comes to his senses.

     
  • At 3:49 AM, Blogger Ring Master Brian said…

    Amanda, just reading your wikipedia bio tells us how beloved you are on and off the blogosphere, and how many people have noticed you in possitions you may one day reach! Andrew seemed to not even acknowledge your comments in the he said/she said. And don't listen to Matt, you have every right to post what you want, especially since this affected you the way it did. Good luck in the future, you'll be fine! Go for whatever you want, in any media, and your fans will still be your fans. The best "revenge" is a good life and success.

     
  • At 4:05 AM, Blogger Mike Johnston said…

    @matt baker:
    With all do respect, when is the last time Norm McDonald had a real gig? I love Norm. I think he's funny. He's also unemployeed paying the rent doing a few nights here and there at the local improv.


    Amanda is not a Norm McDonald. She is much better in terms of her talent and career field.

    I have been involved in these type of disputes twice in my career. They never end well. You might actually be surprised at the results this post may yield. It never hurts to put facts in writing while they are fresh on your mind. Nothing of public record has EVER been dismissed by a judge... this would explain Andrews "legally coached advice" (IMHO) to not respond to this from Amanda.

    Be sure to check all the user comments on the TWIT appearance regarding Andrew as well (Amanda and everyone else). It was clear to many that he gets "personally injured" when someone disagrees with his point of view- as well as being slightly annoying in general.

    Good Luck Amanda.

     
  • At 4:21 AM, Blogger jonathan | lk9.se said…

    amanda...girl, say whatever you want. fair or unfair. and take a vacation! think of all the places you could travel to!

    but 49 comments. looks like we have some day-time tv people in here.

     
  • At 4:29 AM, Blogger Sam said…

    As everyone has said above: Amanda was Rocketboom. Since Amanda is moving on Rocketboom is moving on. Whatever Amanda does next (and I hope it is something similar -- ie. a VideoPodcast) will be the new Rocketboom.

    As Amanda said herself: "I'll be back".

    And as fans I just wanted to say: "We'll be waiting".

     
  • At 5:07 AM, Blogger Gogelmogel said…

    Kinda sad things have gone this way.

    Hope the countdown for "Amanda Returns" (in whichever constellation) will be short.

     
  • At 6:34 AM, Blogger stereofish said…

    Hey Amanda, I saw that someone from bionicbuddha.com left a post, have you tried contacting them?
    I watch a show called Distortions on their Victory 5 Network..here's a link to my favourite episode..check it out:
    http://www.bionicbuddha.com/dist_ep4_gmen.htm
    Good luck.

     
  • At 7:06 AM, Blogger Author said…

    You're better off without them and at this point, you've succesfully made a name for yourself in both online and offline media. In a few weeks you'll see just how good the decision to leave actually was! I'm sure you're being bombarded with other offers already.

    Visit me @ Soulpole.net

     
  • At 7:07 AM, Blogger chris said…

    Amanda,

    I say start your own vieo blog, eherever you want. Poughkipsie, Cleveland, NYC, LA, Whatever.

    Take up a collection.

    We'll make it happen. I personally commit $100 right off thr bat.

    I loved RB, but only before this. Now? Screw RB. Do your thing. Who do you think we're going to follow, YOU, or Andrew?

    He's a goner.

     
  • At 7:15 AM, Blogger blugg said…

    Hey! Even we aliens dig what you're doing! We are very concerned for the wellbeing of all you humans. Our masters back home on Planet Blugg are threatening to send out a 'probe'.

    And let's face it - NO ONE wants that.

    Well.... not everyone. ;)

    Here's hoping all this is resolved very soon.

    We like to be able to sit down, right?

    Good luck and 'NanooNanoo', as I believe you like to say to Aliens. :)

     
  • At 7:18 AM, Blogger Fritz said…

    Do your own thing and be happy that you are free of the clowns. Success awaits you.

     
  • At 7:25 AM, Blogger Mediadude said…

    Amanda:

    Congratulations! You made the top headline in MediaPost (one of the leading advertising newsletters) this morning.

    http://publications.mediapost.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Articles.san&s=45255&Nid=21509&p=19874

    I've been in the media biz for over 20 years, now, and your challenges with Andrew are unfortunately echoes of a familiar theme - the business side often forgets where the true value in the programming is and make s the fatal mistake of eliminating that which made the programming successful in the first place.

    Anyway, love your talent, your wit and your writing. Thought the Net Neutrality thing was particularly cool. Good luck and make sure we know what you're doin'!

     
  • At 7:32 AM, Blogger StudentloanNetworker said…

    Oh, and one final thing - regardless of your situation, if you're still on the East Coast in September, come on by PodCamp and say hi. I'd love to have you here. (www.Podcamp.org)

    Chris

    p.s. See? Told you the job offers would come flooding in... you've got the power! Choose wisely.

     
  • At 7:39 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Amanda,

    Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. Rocketboom has had such an impact on the internet and you are truely pioneers in your field.
    Partnerships, like marriage are a challenge and often growth and success can change them.
    Rather than focus on the negatives of the breakup. Let's focus on the success and new opportunities and friends that Rocketboom has provided you. There is no doubt that you, Drew, Mario and eveyone else who helped make Rocketboom what it is caught lightening in a bottle. It is more than most of us ever even come close to. I salute you and take my hat off to all of you for how much joy, laughter, information, and education you brought to me everyday for a long time.

    You are young, talented, beautiful, and have the whole world at your doorstep. Relax for a bit, re-energize and follow your heart.
    I already know that whatever you do will be a success because you live your passions.

    Not everything in our lifes is meant to be forever. Look at where you were when you started, and look at where you are now. WOW, what a ride you just had. Best of all, it's only beginning.
    Best of luck to you and everyone at Rocketboom on your new paths moving forward.

    Love,

    Ken

     
  • At 8:11 AM, Blogger Brandon said…

    Come on Amanda work things out with Andrew, and Im sure you could raise enough money to relocate! Rocketboom can not and will not survice with you. And worst of all you know that! Come on suck it up and work things out, do whatever you have to do!

    Please

     
  • At 8:17 AM, Blogger Brandon said…

    Please veiw my new blog. www.helprocketboom.blogspot.com


    Don't worry Amanda we will help you!

     
  • At 8:20 AM, Blogger Phil Bowman said…

    Odd to notice, as I went to remove Rocketboom from my Bloglines subscription list (having already added unBoomed) that the title had something along the lines of 'Presented by Amanda Congdon' - that being the main reason we watched.

    To Matt and anyone complaining about Amanda putting up her side of the story here, please note that all the issues she disputes are now posted as fact on the Rocketboom homepage - so how else is she to get her side out?

    Looking forward to whatever you move onto next - all the best for the future.

    PhilB

     
  • At 8:53 AM, Blogger Teresa said…

    Well it looks like you all trying to work things out.
    I hope some kind of agreement can be reached.
    Best wishes on your move to L.A.

     
  • At 9:14 AM, Blogger Dennis Howlett said…

    Was it wise to put an internal dispute out over the public domain? To my mind it creates doubts around trust.

     
  • At 9:20 AM, Blogger Corby said…

    And just days after I discovered you and told my audience about how awesome you are, this happens. I'm so bummed...but I'll follow ya Amanda! Just keep us informed as to where you land!

    -Corby-
    The Twisted Pickle Show

     
  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger Jameson said…

    Amanda:
    Thanks for the transparency. While I will miss my daily dose of RB every morning, I do sincerely hope that you are able to move on to bigger and better things.
    I look forward to tracking your progress through Unboomed, and hopefully I'll be seeing much more of you in the future!
    Go get 'em in LA amanda!
    Jameson

     
  • At 9:47 AM, Blogger C.M.H. said…

    Hi Amanda. What a bummer. Rocketboom was one of the only two podcasts I originally subscribed to when I got my iPod last year – that I still watched. I am very hopeful you will find something positive when the smoke clears. Personally, I would love to see you mix it up with the boys at Diggnation.

    Anyways, good luck. Keep your head up, back straight and more importantly, SMILE.

     
  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger Steve said…

    Hmm...and I was getting ready to get back into the habit of watching you every day after a break and now this:-( Bummer. Rocketboom is you. If it does go on, it will be something entirely different. I hope it all works out for you Amanda.

     
  • At 9:55 AM, Blogger alan w said…

    You have a SAG card? An Agent like UA, CCA?

    Your gonna have so much fun and opportunity that I hope you don't lose that essential humility that makes you kinda of an 'un-blonde' phenom.

    Swoosh your hair, that trademark move, as you leave the small 480x250 h.264 world behind. Unless its movies on DVD at full screen.

    Love you AC - this Jewish boy loves you.

     
  • At 10:01 AM, Blogger welcome to wallyworld said…

    Hmmm. It most definitely is "washing your dirty linen in public". Shame it came to that. Never mind. Come and do "Rocketbum" with me in Paris - and I'll give you 50%.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5ssMqYIlWs

    love, your fan, Mal.

     
  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger Randy Charles Morin said…

    Too often the case. It's amazing how CEOs will spite their company.

     
  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger inbalance said…

    Amanda,

    It is a very sad situation..Power can go to people's heads..we've seen it over and over again..and I think that is the case here..people just forget what got them to where they are..they become impossible to deal with.

    You should use your popularity as leverage..you always wanted to be an actress (or you are an actress) I'm sure some fan of Rocketboom will give you a lead on getting a good agent in L.A. (anybody out there wanna help Amanda out?)

    Too bad "West Wing" is off the air, you would have been perfect! Playing a lobbyist for the new media industry or the head of some Media organization that has run ins with the current administration!

     
  • At 10:12 AM, Blogger PR said…

    So where is the "Amanda - LA or Bust" donation box?

     
  • At 10:21 AM, Blogger Mostly Muppet said…

    My cousin is a vlogger in Japan and he created an "episode" today honoring you, Amanda.

    You make an appearance in the final third of the video: http://www.bicycle-sidewalk.com/?p=136

     
  • At 10:28 AM, Blogger Andy said…

    Amanda,

    I only recently got on the Rocketboom bandwagon, and must say that I missed your quirky charms this last week. I wish you all the best and hope you can resolve this sticky situation.

     
  • At 10:39 AM, Blogger Dave said…

    It is, of course, distressing to read and hear about the demise of RB. But I agree with all others here who say that you will land on your feet. This may, ultimately, be a good thing.

    You truly were the face of Rocketboom, Amanda. I am another one of those who tended to surf away when the show went to an extended field report that didn't involve you.

    You've been responsible for big changes in the media landscape, and you obviously have big ideas of your own. So keep on keeping on!

     
  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger Vemrion said…

    Don't let this crap get you down, Amanda. It's just a cheap powerplay by a jealous loser. I can tell from Andrew's plaintive "you're moving to LA, waaaahhh!" bit that he's trying to repeat it enough so that he actually believes it. He doesn't. He's jealous and he wants control of you and the show.

    Don't let him screw you out of what you've worked so hard for. You're the one people watch the show for, not whathisface. 49% is an insult, especially when you see how he abuses the 2% he has on you. I don't know all the details, but I know that you're getting the raw end of this deal.

    Hopefully Andrew will realize what an idiot he is, but by then it'll be too late. Seems like this rocket exploded just after takeoff.

     
  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger Charley W. said…

    Okay...let's face it...like everything else....this is about me. And the fact is, not having you on Rocketboom every day sucks...for ME. And now I'm miserable. So, I hope you're aware that you've made me very sad by this whole situation. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the whole thing about your job, your future, blah, blah, blah....we're getting off the topic here. ME! So, I think at this juncture an apology is in order from you to ME for upsetting the balance that is known to all as...."Charley's World". And in anticipation of said apology....you're forgiven. I'll miss you...but probably not for long.

    Charley from The Trypod Network

     
  • At 10:56 AM, Blogger Spyder said…

    Amanda,

    I hadn't had a chance to work out why there were no new eps of RocketBoom this week, and it was actually thanks to Dave Slusher that I discovered these posts.

    It saddens me to learn what has been really going on behind the scenes, but you are what I know as RocketBoom and the reason I watch it, I'll be following you rather than continuing to subscribe to it.

     
  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger Daniel said…

    Discovering RocketBoom was one of those incredible moments for me when vast potential, vaguely perceived on the horizon, suddenly came into sharp focus...and the whole world changed. And as so many have said, Amanda, you were and are RocketBoom.

    A heartfelt thank you for rocking our world.

     
  • At 11:01 AM, Blogger Dossy said…

    "I'm presently living with my parents in Connecticut until I can get back on my feet."

    Amanda, I know Jason offered you a sweet deal with Netscape News ... but if you're in Connecticut, AOL has an office right up in White Plains, NY, which is pretty close by.

    I hope this all gets resolved in the best way possible for you. Good luck.

     
  • At 11:02 AM, Blogger shokk said…

    Unfortunately that 49% of Rocketboom is now worthless without you. Even worse, the vlogging community and possibly blogging and other such ventures may now be seen as unstable by any mainstream that would consider advertising through them.

    Anyone who has succeeded in life has been fired. Fortunately, this is your chance to not only recover, but to surpass. You made vlogging famous, now decide what you want the next step to be. Where will you take us?

     
  • At 11:09 AM, Blogger Jacqué RANTS said…

    wow. I'm stunned, really feeling a little sick to my stomach. Funny, I don't know you guys but have enjoyed your work for over a year. It seems partnerships almost always end up like this, Lennon & McCartney, Martin and Lewis -- but you've got the goods Amanda, keep the faith!

     
  • At 11:12 AM, Blogger webdude said…

    Hi Amanda, Im sorry to hear what happened, I hope to see you on the screen again making me laugh and flicking your hair very soon.

     
  • At 11:21 AM, Blogger Fred said…

    Oh the irony! As the United States was watching and hoping the first shuttle launch on Independance Day didn't go BOOM! Another American Rocket did!

    Amanda is the Boom (or fuel) in RocketBoom. A rocket with no fuel is giant empty phallus.

     
  • At 11:25 AM, Blogger danielmcvicar said…

    Dear Amanda,

    You inspired many, including me, to communicate and use the tools now in our hands.

    Thank you for creating Rocketboom and for what you gave to it and everyone over the last two years. Your next step is courageous and timely...get out to LA pronto!

    You don't need a job... just a car, a cell phone and a membership at a gym.


    I think that it was fitting that your last RB episode was a passionate and clear call for net neutrality, and for freedom of expression. The world changes for the better with every real communication, and you have helped in ways that you may not be aware of.

    All the best to you.

    Daniel McVicar

     
  • At 11:36 AM, Blogger Ricardo said…

    Amanda, hello. Fellow CT resident and blogger here that found your site via a link from blogmad. I'm glad to see we've got some big time bloggers here in CT as I am not but I try ;-)

    Anyway, I'm very sorry to hear that it didn't work out but hope that something better for you is around the corner. I have had a few friends of mine move back home to regroup so I can totally understand. I don't think you'll be off your feet for long and would bet that you'll be back even better than before. Hold onto that 49% and make it 100.

     
  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Sorry to hear about your situation. I've been a fan since I saw you on CNN.

    Business is business... I lost my best friend in a bad business transaction. I know now that everything I do should be formally written out and notarized. This could be your opportunity to take complete control of your future.

    I'm somewhat confused to what happened to all of the money that you were making. How is it that you could not live in LA?

    http://www.rocketboom.com/sponsorship/

    You should be getting offers to become an actor. Maybe you should make an appearance on Entourage with your new non-Rocketboom show. I'm sure Vince and the guys would be down for it.

     
  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger Pankaj said…

    Amanda,
    It really is amazing how people can back out of deals when it doesn't suit their interests. You're the face of Rocketboom and have immense brand recognition. You're bright and talented. Fight for what is yours and I am positive that people will come out and support you in droves. As Ricardo said, fight for the 49% that is yours and don't stop fighting until it's 100% yours.
    Best,
    Pankaj

     
  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger Chaf said…

    This is very sadening.
    The blogesphere needs people like you in the limelight. I know you will go on to do bigger and better things, much respect for you. Good luck with your endevours.

     
  • At 12:33 PM, Blogger Chaf said…

    The blogisphere needs people like you Amanda. I know you will go on to something bigger and better. Rocketboom is at a loss with you gone. I'm predicting that your career will take off with this move. You have a whole world on your side, and Rocketboom was just the begining. Good luck with your endevours.

     
  • At 12:50 PM, Blogger YakkYakkJay said…

    Amanda

    Conbtact us at YakkYakk.com. I am the President and CEO and we have many ideas on how you can fulfill dreams of being in LA, I will accomodate! You can move to LA and continue RB or whatever you want. YakkYakk.com is ready to help smooth it over or even help plant new seeds.

    We love RB and you

    jay@rocketboom.com

     
  • At 12:58 PM, Blogger BlackOps said…

    It seems from my experience based on his language and demeanor in all that is being said, he is getting ready for any litigation that may come his way. He might be actually be recording and documenting every bit of minutia concerning this whole thing, even these comments. If I were you, I would do the same if you havent done so already. Hell, if you dont have copies already of every show you have done, then I would start recording them now before that access disappears. In courts of law its not what you know, its about what you can prove that make the difference between winning and losing in litigation. In a civil case as might this one would be in, there is an air flexibility in that last tidbit. That is pretty much what I can offer besides my well wishes to you Amanda. If it makes any difference, Im on your side, other side smells fishy and just doesnt feel right.

    ps....can you open up your comments to other bloggers ie typepad

     
  • At 1:04 PM, Blogger J.W. said…

    Amanda you are the greatest.
    Too bad for all the latest.

    Sure you'll get back on those 2 feet!
    You'll find something new and neat.

    Oh and hey I live in CT.
    Won't you come visit me?

    ta ta from the world of everyone you don't know face 2 face,
    J.W.

     
  • At 1:06 PM, Blogger Michele G. said…

    Amanda you and your show have been an inspiration and I think Rockeboom will suffer dearly without you!

     
  • At 1:11 PM, Blogger John said…

    Amanda doesn't know about this, so keep it on the DL... and she would never ask...[note to Amanda: look the other way while moderating this post]

    Our words of support are great, but she is going to need hard cold cash to launch her multi-media empire.

    Make your pledge at fundable:

    http://www.fundable.org/groupactions/UnBoomedLaunchParty

     
  • At 1:11 PM, Blogger mcdtracy said…

    Amanda,

    It looks like legally 49% of RocketBoom is still yours... meaning that Andrew can't proceed alone.

    I'd negotiate a new deal independent of Andrew for your future and get a a lawyer to negotiate a buy-out of your 49% from Andrew. That might take a significant amount of time but a lawyer would do it for a percentage of the fee.

    Andrew can't just put a new face in front of the camera and call it RocketBoom without paying you for your percentage of that evolving business. Someone cannot fire a partner... they can negotiate the dissolution of the business and split the assets.

    The videos on the archives are 49% yours... a cease and desist order for using those videos to sustain the brand without negotiating some kind of agreement is in order. That would likely motivate Andrew to deal with you in good faith as a partner in a business that needs restructuring and not as a "wage slave" that refused to follow orders.

    Andrew can re-start a new buiness and drop the RocketBoom brand of course but he's in a terrible situation. You are NOT without options legally.

    It would be wise to solicite a lawyer for the RocketBoom dissolution and consider another lawyer to negotiate a new deal with another interested party like AOL as an example.

    I would continue to put out a video product and cut all references to RocketBoom and build a new brand around yourself... "Amanda Congdon... Just for the Record".

    I know you're an artist and these ideas sound confrontational and like ugly business but what's happening to you IS ugly. It appears you made every effort to negotiate for yourself in good faith. Now just get a lawyer to work queitly for you to
    protect the assets you created and that Andrew has 51% of... he'll deal and buy you out to salvage some of the assets. He might even come to the table and discuss in good faith letting you proceed from the West Coast.

    Lawyers are a major component of the world of media and you are headed towards a bright future in media.

     
  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger Chris Daniel said…

    Wow. I get to be the 100th comment. cool!

    Good luck w/ whatever you decide to do Amanda, I'm sure you'll be successful at it!

     
  • At 1:21 PM, Blogger meatbeagle said…

    Hells yes, Amanda! Some folks here have started formulating a great plan, I think. Incorporate your own company - it only takes a few days in many states. Retain a 51% share for yourself, then either start taking the offered donations, or offer to sell the remaining 49% to your viewers. Once the ball is rolling, you have two good options.

    1) Use this cash to make an offer to purchase RB, lock, stock, and barrel, from Andrew (or really, just buy another 3 or 4 percent, I guess). It would be a good move for him, as RB will surely hit rough times without you, and a great move for you, as you could retain the domain, format, correspondents, and your audience without working hard to move folks over and get the word out.

    2) Start a new vlog. You've been at it long enough to assemble your own team and run the show. The offers from folks for employment are great, and may get you where you wanna go, but this way you can retain control. I'd buy into your venture, for sure.

     
  • At 1:24 PM, Blogger Nick Schmidt said…

    Hey Amanda,

    Just like everyone else, I'm sorry about all you have been going through.. Sometimes the business world can get screwy.. and I hate that.. Just make sure you get everything in writing.. and you did a good job recording all the responses and etc.

    I hope the contract does you well because you were rocketboom in my mind.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. And keep everyone up to date with your blog of the "real deal" !!

    Later,
    Nick Schmidt
    lastlapnick.blogspot.com

     
  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger themacjedi said…

    Amanda, we don't care what the name of the show is. We were watching you, period. Nobody cares who Andrew is. As far as most of us were concerned is was the Amanda Congdon show.

    Andrew should have let you take over and sit back to collect his cut. Moron. If he's so smart he would have known that all shows with a famous face get taken over by the famous face. Whether they started it or not.

    The people who do you wrong pretend to be all nice, I don't care if you voice your opinion or problems. People enjoy watching you because your intelligent, funny, willing to do anything for a laugh and a fine piece of eye-candy.

    We are just waiting for your next job to start.

    Thanks for your support themacjedi.com

     
  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Cal the Wonderdog said…

    Change is good. In this case very good. Confidence. One step forward!

    Cal

     
  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger dmelliott99 said…

    49% of what may, inexplicably, turn into a number of debts may not be worth holding on to.

     
  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Marked Hoosier said…

    We will miss you.

    Just remember when a door closes, ah... like a window somewhere is half open that you can get into and rob the place blind. Or something like that.

    Sorry bad joke :)

    Hang in there, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

     
  • At 1:43 PM, Blogger Huub Koch said…

    We will Miss You in The Netherlands (Europe) too!

     
  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger Now.Seo said…

    Seems to me that your tensions surrounded your plans to move to California. People say one thing but they don't always mean it - he diden't and when you tried to move - he threatened you and you went ahead then he fired you.

    I guess there's feeling between you - working relationship feels that have not been resolved - and times like this it's hard to see how it could be resolved.

    But I would think - you could just pickup from RocketBoom and make your own show and 75% of the viewers would follow you and dump RocketBoom.

     
  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger Juancho said…

    Hi Amanda, I am Juan Luis Casañas, one of the winners of the Intel- Mexico videoblog contest.
    I remember talking to you guys about the subject of you moving to L.A and I also remember Andrew being totally OK whit it, he even made it sound like it was good for the show. I don’t understand his change.
    I know if you want to, you can do whatever you want, sometimes you might need to risk some things and sometimes you might fall, but the only solution is to get up and start again.
    I wish you the best.

     
  • At 2:03 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Amanda,

    Talented folks like yourself have a way of landing on their feet.

    You're gonna be alright.

    Sometimes the things that seem the worst to us end up leading to great things.

    I hope it does for you...

     
  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger eponymagain said…

    In my experience I have seen many, many thoughtful and dedicated people labor successfully in their work only to be fired or otherwise unjustly ostricized. When one wins an award, the social reinforcement is enormous, and being fired is the opposite. The truth is that neither are based on merit, only power. And while one may always reason that it might've been better to avoid having been fired, the irony is that having never been fired is nothing but a badge of timidity. Think how brave you are.

     
  • At 2:54 PM, Blogger Tricki said…

    Amanda,

    It was sad to hear the news regarding Rocketboom...I think in the long run Andrew will regret it. I believe ti was the wave of the future. Now you will have to ride that wave yourself! Good luck and keep posting...we will all be reading!

     
  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said…

    Katie Couric hasn't started at CBS yet -- there's still time. Stay by the phone.

     
  • At 3:19 PM, Blogger Angel, librarian and educator said…

    Saddened to hear the news, but I have faith and confidence that with your talent and skills, you will land on your feet no matter where you go. If you do start a new vlog, I will certainly follow and tell all my friends as well. You are in our thoughts. Best of luck.

     
  • At 3:26 PM, Blogger marijn said…

    Dear Amamda,

    Could you mabye make a post explaining how many ppl are actually were doing rocketboom?
    I thought it was you and andrew and that you we're partners in like sharing a bed n stuff...
    I now understand that that is completely not how things were. so .. err.. who was doing what for rocketboom?

     
  • At 4:20 PM, Blogger Mario Librandi said…

    marijn,

    There were exactly 5 people working on the Rocketboom show. Since the production team was so small, everyone did several jobs.

    Andrew Baron (founder, producer, business, used to write as well, but not recently)

    Amanda Congdon (producer, talent, writer, business)

    Mario Librandi (producer, director, writer, camera)

    Sherng-Lee Huang (editor, talent, camera)

    Andrew Congdon (writer, PA, talent).

    Andrew Baron and Amanda Congdon have never been romantically involved.

     
  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger Russ said…

    Sorry to see Rocketboom end, but I gotta agree with Matt. No need to air this in public. You're already a "personality" and any serious potential employers/partners will keep this episode in the back of their mind. Better to work this stuff out in the background, regardless of what the other party does. Remember, never wrestle with a pig.

    Good luck in you next endeavor, not that you'll need it. :)

     
  • At 4:27 PM, Blogger WastelandFarmer said…

    Amanda,
    You are the bomb! Without you Rocketboom will never reach the heights that you have brought it to. You are not only the face of RB, you ARE the show. Good luck and keep us posted, we are loyal to you.

     
  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger Gary said…

    Sad to hear this. But, it's time to get filming again! If you haven't already started, develop a new show and get it online as soon as you can, while you are in the public eye. Somewhere like Blip.tv can handle the hosting.

    From what I understand, you and your brother(?) have been working as a team creating stuff on Rocketboom? So, between the two of you, you probably have all the skills you need.

    I really look forward to seeing what you come up with.

     
  • At 4:46 PM, Blogger Homer said…

    No one cares. Devote your life to something productive.

    G-d bless you all.

     
  • At 5:11 PM, Blogger John Vajra Clifford said…

    thanks for setting the record straight. Perhaps you can get a TV gig.

     
  • At 5:15 PM, Blogger Drake Walker said…

    Amanda,

    I already miss you on RocketBoom. It's like TheShow without Ze, MobuzzTV without Karina or AskANinja without Ninja. I intend on following your career as I am sure it will be packed with awesomeness.

    -Drake

     
  • At 5:26 PM, Blogger Janina said…

    @homer: by now at least 130 ppl cared ;)
    Amanda and Mario, where you're going, we're going! Looking forward to see you here on unboomed again. soon.

     
  • At 5:45 PM, Blogger Zigmagog said…

    I'd give u 70% 2 host Myvlow.com a hiphop vlog I'm currently building. U are rocketboom, baby. U keep talking about this guy's genius, if he was so smart he would have begged u to stay.And what about your genius? I'm not sure u know how much u'r worth.My advice, cut the praise of him,secure your interest & move on.Offers are already lining up.

     
  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger Anthony said…

    This is the most shocking internet break-up since Kim Rollins/Wil Shipley. Godspeed, Amanda.

     
  • At 6:23 PM, Blogger maximusprime said…

    I've got to say that without rocketboom, i never would have been introduced to the huge expanse of blogs across the internet, and i have to thank you for that. Fuck Andrew he really screwed up.

     
  • At 6:39 PM, Blogger John said…

    Amanda - Keep up the good fight! You are too talented at many levels to take crap like this! Stay professional, keep your humor about you, and move on to better booms! We will be there to watch your next creative endeavor.

     
  • At 6:43 PM, Blogger thinman said…

    Amanda,
    So, what do I do with the t-shirt, wear it upside down?
    I am so sorry for the interruption in seeing your take on reality. I am sure you will come back somewhere, sometime and be better than ever. But now it is hard for me thinking about how the past is past.
    I miss you already.
    Jay

     
  • At 7:25 PM, Blogger Guy said…

    Good luck with the future Amanda. It's easy for us (you fans) to sit back and make comments but it is you that has to make the decisions and put back together your life. No doubt you will soon be producing something bigger and better and your audience will no doubt double by the year end. Good luck.

     
  • At 7:46 PM, Blogger Mike Kelley said…

    RB is fundamentally a NY show. If Amanda wants to go to LA to be closer to greener grass, so be it. By taking this whole thing public, Amanda better be prepared to be self-employed. She'll be missed, but the magic is gone. Who know's if the RB brand can continue.

     
  • At 8:31 PM, Blogger groonk said…

    omg. i'm shocked at this news. when i think of Rocketboom, you(Amanda) are part of that picture. i always figured that you and those behind the scenes were on equal footing when it came to this enterprise.

    man.

    i'm not sure how i feel about this. you guys were the best podcast out there in my book. i don't think it will be the same without your quirky sense of humor.

    i guess the only thing i can do is wish you the best in your future endeavours and i'll keep an eye on Unboomed to see where you land next.

    hmj

     
  • At 9:04 PM, Blogger Jen said…

    Amanda, Sweetheart - just know that Pauline and I are blessin' your heart over this unbooming situation. I asked Heather Green to pass you a message that we've got a hot plate with some fried chicken, cole slaw and my Aunt Carlene's "what'sit congealed salad" waitin' on you here in Atlanta.

    Come see us,
    Sas Gordon-Walker
    http://www.truegritz.com

     
  • At 9:07 PM, Blogger wyatt said…

    Hi Amanda, I am sorry to hear about the way you were treated at Rocketboom. If you want to get a good laugh at some SOUTHERN culture humor, visit http://www.truegritz.com/.

     
  • At 9:40 PM, Blogger Grayson said…

    Hmmm... I'm so old that some of this drama sounds vaguely familiar... Could it be that Mario is the Yoko Ono of Web 2.0?

     
  • At 9:54 PM, Blogger Zac said…

    You're welcome in Madison, WI. My friends started a vlog pretty much because of Rocketboom.

     
  • At 11:00 PM, Blogger Veici said…

    When you formed Rocketboom LLC there were various articles that will have been included by default in your articles of incorporation. You should review these as these set out your rights in relation to the 49% of Rocketboom's shares. If Andrew continues RB you will continue to own your shares and that gives you various rights - don't ignore them - they may be important to you in the future.

     
  • At 11:06 PM, Blogger Trekkie said…

    Well, that explains why Rocketboom went 'stupid' and I unsubscribed the last week of June. I didn't realize this drama was unfolding but I've stopped watching Rocketboom as of 6/25 and it turns out that is when you vanished from it.

    I hate it when the producer gets a big head. I heard him speak on TWIT the other day and he made it the worst TWIT episode ever. Your former partner is a fool

    I hope to see you soon on a new venture.

     
  • At 11:15 PM, Blogger Wizard on the Web said…

    The future of RocketBoom is bleak to say the least. I'm not putting down Andrews abilities or his contributions, only telling it like it is. You and only you were the reason we as a group watched. When the show didn't include your fun loving wit and delivery it was not as good or lacking. If Andrew is smart and sane he'll ask you to stay and give you the other 2% to propel Rocketboom to new heights. If he doesn't please consider starting your own VLOG (ie. AMANDAZOOM.COM is available and would be as big a hit and even have many advertisers begging to jump on your Band Wagon. ) Don't let this get you down, your the reason many of us care! GOOD LUCK in whatever you do. I know it will be great! I'll watch this blog to learn what's next.

    With great respect and admiration for everything you've given us already.

    Dan Van Buskirk
    WizWeb.blogspot.com

     
  • At 11:36 PM, Blogger WO7 said…

    Rocketboom is to good a thing to let egos screw it up for both of you. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity You need to try to salvage it, even if it seems like kissing ass. You both would benefit in the long run.

     
  • At 3:05 AM, Blogger Tim said…

    You blew it Amanda. Adrew will find another girl and you will be history. A very bad way you handled the situation.

     
  • At 3:14 AM, Blogger IMGlab said…

    Amanda. You will find your way with or without RB. best things would happen should be want you really want. but second best thing can be bigger than the first. there are lots of people(ilclude myself who is living outside of US) believes you can make your own way.
    goodluck

     
  • At 3:35 AM, Blogger mushimonster said…

    Stick it to the man. Your awesome and I know you will do great things. I personally had a bad experience like this and I ended up the better for it. You will too.

     
  • At 3:37 AM, Blogger ezrinjaz said…

    Amanda,

    I'm so sorry about everything that has happened. You will be missed. My husband and I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you in some format in the future.

     
  • At 3:40 AM, Blogger Tommy B. Stoffel Jr. said…

    Hey there Amanda. Please know of my prayers for you during this tough time. You are beautiful and talented and have a lot to offer the world.
    Through trying times we can grow in strength and grow closer to God. Hang in there...you have an insane amount of support!

    peace,
    Tommy

     
  • At 5:48 AM, Blogger DelorumRex said…

    "Dear Amanda, Malkie says there's a vacancy over at ROCKETBUM and he'll give you 50%. Says you can cuss and everything. Do you speak French? You'll be based in Paris".

    Okay nuff of Malkie.. (A.K.A. Mal.ic.ious)
    A day without you will be like a day.. well without.. uh.. hell, there just isn't anything as important as you, now that I think about it.

    Love ya,
    Drex.
    (PS. I don;t love you in a gonna stalk you sort of way like some of these other wankers.. that's a plus.)

    See Rocket bum at Inyourfaceforbreakfast

    See Mal.ic.ious at Welcometowallyworld.com
    and see my no spell checking azz at Who Love's Amanda... and can't find the spell check button?

     
  • At 7:06 AM, Blogger Candy said…

    This all sucks so bad. We'll all miss you.

     
  • At 8:26 AM, Blogger Ken Verheecke said…

    Goodness... I tried to post yesterday and it didn't go through. Anyway... have you considered having your own show Amanda???

    This whole deal is unfortunate... but with all things we learn and grow through such experiences.

    Personally I'm sad because I just discovered "Rocketboom" and I enjoyed the show for approx. a week before you went off the air Amanda.

    At any rate... be encouraged and I wish you all God's best as you walk into the next season of your life!

     
  • At 11:09 AM, Blogger FixWhatsBroke said…

    "I'm Amanda Congdon and this is Rocketboo!"

    49%!

    As you were, soldier! Proceed.

     
  • At 11:45 AM, Blogger Favour said…

    You guys should sell Rocketboom and split it 51%-49% and let the new owner deceide who the host should be ;)

     
  • At 1:26 PM, Blogger filmex said…

    I just read an interview with Andrew over at The Onion and he was explaining that while most of the free world believes CBS is shelling out $13 million a year to have Katie Couric do the CBS Evening News, as Andrew explains it, that money is really being spent to get Katie's executive producer.

    Who knew? :-)

     
  • At 2:17 PM, Blogger B. Kitty said…

    Fight the good fight, sister. You're in my thoughts.

     
  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger JuanFalla said…

    Wao......

    Suddenly todau someone sent me the link of your video "UNboomed".... and I was like: WHAT???

    I'm sorry to "read" things arent working now. I even remember when you talked about it when we were in Mexico City (for the Intel contest).

    Anyway, I'm sure the future holds birght things for you, and for Andrew too. Either together or separated.

    So as we say in Colombia: "Animo!"

    I'm sure it's a matter of time to "see you" again in the vlogosphere.

     
  • At 4:28 PM, Blogger Jacob Cole said…

    Amanda,

    Call me biased, but I don't think anyone's siding with Andrew on this one. After his appearance on TWiT and the inane comments that followed, I think everyone considers him a giant tool. Anyway, if you ever need employment in the booming media city of Athens, Georgia, give me a call.

     
  • At 5:04 PM, Blogger TDizzle said…

    Baron is acting like a stubborn brat.
    I say steal the production crew and start a new show.

     
  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger KCKLibrarian said…

    My eyesight without my glasses in about 20/2000. Methinks AB has a worse vision than I do.

    Despite this setback, I can vividly see (pun intended) that you have a bright future.

    Your intellect was what drove RocketBoom.

     
  • At 6:32 PM, Blogger Chip said…

    Take what you learned from Rocketboom and move on to bigger and better things.
    I was very surprised when I heard the news, but I am confident you'll land on your feet and be up and dancing before you know it!
    Best of luck to you and you can count on the bloggers and podcasters for free advertising in your next project!

    Ray from Lost Socks Insanity

     
  • At 6:57 PM, Blogger Phil said…

    As a newbie to RocketBoom I am very saddened by this, well kind of. I believe that you are rocketboom without you it will just suffer. I really hope that someone offers you a great job. I hope to still be able to watch you on some videoblog. I'm glad I decided to google your name after reading the message on rocketbooms site. I'm glad I found this blogger site. Ok well, I have some stuff I gotta do. Thank you for keeping me entertained for the last couple months.
    Phil

     
  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger MasterH8R said…

    Amanda,

    Consider yourself released from the ties that bind. There is no Rocketboom without YOU. YOU ARE ROCKETBOOM! Stop feeling sorry for yourself and start thinking about your next project. Get super Mario fired up and get cracking. Do your show. Call it Boomarang, just to be a ball buster to Andrew!

    Your fans don't care what the name of your show is. We just care about you. It's time to go solo... 5 minutes Ms. Condon.

     
  • At 8:31 PM, Blogger Dom said…

    Hmmm.

    1 million viewers, 5 shows a week, 3 minutes...

    By my calculations, you've given the world approximately 2,450 years of happiness.

    Be happy. You've earned it.

     
  • At 9:26 PM, Blogger TOmmerp said…

    You go, girl - as it looks at this point, things may seem very dim - DON'T WORRY! You are so going to take LA by storm - if not now, in the near future! I can feel it!
    Good luck and see ya on thee flip side!

    TOmmer.....

     
  • At 11:06 PM, Blogger Vic said…

    Amanda...you need to kick Andrews arse! You can do it I know you can.

     
  • At 11:49 PM, Blogger Mo said…

    I understand that legally, Mr. Baron may want to keep his responses away from answering the questions, comments and statements presented by Ms. Congdon ; but does this seem crazy to anyone else but me ??!!??

    This reminds me of those non sequitur conversations that happen between folks about to have a nervous breakdown and others that still have a solid grip on their minds. Or conversations with co-workers that _know_ they are about to be busted for lying on a resume/report. Or the way that the current Administration answers questons about Iraq, the defecit, education reform, healthcare reform, reasons for picking up the flag burning debate and wanting to offer people $200 to buy expensive gas . . .but I digress.

    What the hell was he thinking? Blogs are great; A writer worth her/his salt can get by; audio podcasts are slightly harder because you have to sound like you know the subject of which you speak thoroughly and can carry a discussion (with a good voice). But v-blogs?

    Dude (Mr. Baron) - it is all about the prescence; not just the look (putting a substitute pretty face on the show) but the killer combination of wit, charm, intelligence and plain old understanding what the audience is looking for.

    Folks, let's make sure that we don't forget this by simply switching our loyalty to the next "anchor" that Rocketboom *hires* (because you are right Amanda, that was certainly not a partnership) . . .unless it is Amanda!

    Good luck and best wishes; keep the faithful posted on where you land. More Unboomed please . . .

    Mo

     
  • At 11:54 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    HONESTLY, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU PUT A DAMPER ON A "CRUSH" HE HAS FOR YOU, AND NOW HE'S PAYING YOU BACK. "HURT" FOR "HURT" IN AN IMMATURE MIND. THE MORE YOU PAY ATTENTION TO HIS COMMENTS, THE BETTER IT WILL MAKE HIM FEEL, AND THE MORE HE WILL WANT TO HURT YOU. STAY AWAY FROM THIS INDIVIDUAL. EXCEPT IN COURT FOR YOUR RIGHTFUL 49%. GOOD LUCK--

     
  • At 1:29 AM, Blogger Johnathan said…

    Amanda - based on what you posted above, sounds like Andrew's done 1% of the work for the last month or so, leaving it 99% up to you and Mario. That's 101% unfair.

    Hopefully you'll be fairly compensated for your 49%. (I think you should hold on to it, and make sure you benefit from the business you helped create.)

    So, for what it's worth, the Netscape offer sounds pretty good. I bet you could bring a lot more "eyeballs" to Netscape.com than what they've got now.

     
  • At 2:21 AM, Blogger Robertjm said…

    First Star Jones "leaving" the View and now AC "leaving" Rocketboom. What's next!?!?!?!?

    Wake up Andrew (you know you're reading these comments!!). Make up with AC and work it out. Oh, and if you really wanted to be partners give her the another damned 1% so you're EVEN partners!!!

     
  • At 3:02 AM, Blogger detr123 said…

    Amanda, I've enjoyed watching you on Rocketboom (and I've never commented or emailed prior to this). I want you to know that I believe you are an extraordinary talent (...I should know, as I represented electronic broadcast talent, politicians, and luminaries for many years). A few pieces of advice -- 1) Now that you've printed your side of the story, let this matter rest for at least a few days and re-visit later (in a private vice public setting) with Baron). Ideally, the two of you can sit down and resolve this matter without escalating to lawyers and civil complaints. (Almost always, when lawyers get involved at the dissolution of a business relationship, rather than at the creation, no one wins (except for the billing lawyers)). I'm a big believer in alternative dispute resolution, and I'd recommend that you give mediation another try. 2) Whatever raw feelings you have right now (hurt, frustration, etc.) will subside with time, and you will experience greater success (as long as you remain focused/driven and don't rest on prior success)...such is the strength of your talent and rarest of gifts, your charismatic on-air presence; (i.e., the x factor). 3) Every single person I've ever known in entertainment and electronic news has lost a job. The MOST successful were the ones with high EQ who persevered and immediately jumped right back into the saddle. 4) Whether doing business with friends, family, strangers, companies, always consult a good lawyer at the start of your venture (...I'd hire a large-firm lawyer, as they tend to be the most honest/ethical/capable). 5) Lean on your boyfriend and childhood family & friends for therapy and as sounding boards (i.e., the people who can be brutally honest with you and have no hidden agenda or reason to glad-hand you because you're famous). On-air talent often attract fans, agents, producers who will not voice criticism or let bad news travel up (...in other words, be wary about letting your own hype destine you to entitled success. Hard work will always be a part of any success equation.) 6) Don't let the last few days taint all the great stuff. Focus on all the positives -- the laughter, the friends, the new skills, apprenticing in this comedic/writing/journalistic/technological craft, the viewers who've been genuinely touched by your work -- so that the past two years become a wholly positive memory that you can reach back to for inspiration.

    I wish you all the best, and I expect that the rest of America and the world will soon be entertained by you.

     
  • At 3:51 AM, Blogger welcome to wallyworld said…

    Sorry Amanda...I couldn't help myself. Look what I've done to your vid - Amanda Unboomed

     
  • At 8:29 AM, Blogger Das Kevbo said…

    I watched RB for that chance to see Amanda.

    I had usually heard all the stories that Amanda was presenting from other sources or read the same articles.

    So I was downloading RB for Amanda's presentation, comments, wackiness, familiarity and good looks.

    With all due respect to the valuable contributors to RB over the years, there isn't any reason for me to watch RB anymore.

    Where Amanda goes... my podcast queue follows. Well, except for, like, the ladies room or some place private like that.

     
  • At 9:51 AM, Blogger ajloren said…

    Amanda,

    As the Irish say, 'Erin Go Bragh'
    Now the real opportunity is all up to you...

    If you need funding, and an office/home in LA, and your own Amanda blog/video production let me know. If you are interest, i could even fly to MA to seriously discuss the opportunity.

    Regards,
    James
    Evergreen Pacific

     
  • At 10:04 AM, Blogger T Smyth said…

    sounds a bit like a hoax to me....

    We would miss you, Amanda.

     
  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger uzombie said…

    Hmm. I got bit by the california bug (being an east-coaster). I want to go out there real bad. Problem is, the "heart-attachment". I still plan on going (Santa Barbara trumps Santa Monica) but also need to have that job intact. Just reading your blog (first time), I get the feeling that there was more than a business relationship at rocketboom. Live and learn. You have what it takes except...get (legal) counsel and agent/advisor. Even a good first step is a lifecoach. Trust me, your abilities were exploited. Move on and good luck! (PS, last time I was in Cali, they had 4 earthquakes in one week. Awesome!)

     
  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger stuart said…

    Amanda, you seem like a very likable person but I want to say I really do wonder about so many of these comments saying you were be all and end all of RB. For those people I'm certain this is true but my guess is that wasn't quite the case in the actual production of the show. If you really were all there was to RB why shouldn't you be glad to move on and start your own vlog that it will obviously have a massive following. Not a bad position to be in really. But as to a personal partnership coming to an end, that should have remained private in my view. I don't think viewers were 'owed' the two sides of the story. Still, I wish you well.

     
  • At 3:20 PM, Blogger gmiller3600 said…

    Hi Amanda, I've never blogged before but I felt it nessasary to do so today. I just wanted to say that I loved every show that you hosted. You made me laugh and lifted me up on down days. I always looked forwared to seeing Rocketboom for that reason. I know you've heard how good you are and that you are employable, and that's true so keep your head up and don't worry about what just happened. Look at this as a stepping stone not a loss. I hope you the best!

    Gary

     
  • At 5:15 PM, Blogger 385mike said…

    cbI just found RB about 4 weels ago, and now sadly, it's over....but honestly, the first time I saw it, I said to myself...self, this girl is going to be big, she will out grow this soon. Amanda, now is your time! Don't take his or anyone else's crap. Good Luck....I will be watching for you.

     
  • At 5:30 PM, Blogger ChrisM said…

    Hi Amanda,

    I was annoyed that Yahoo deemed your departure from rocketboom.com newsworthy. Since I had no idea what rocketboom was, of course I checked it out. Who is Amanda Congdon?

    In short, a pretty chick who stumbled upon the intersection of the internet and reality television at just the right time.

    This got me thinking. What is the differnce between a "true" celebrity and somone like Amanda Congdon?

    The differnce is not appearance or talent. You've got the looks and you've got the chops.

    As far as I can tell, real celebrities have agents that carefully manage their public image. Their personality is carefully packaged for the public's consumption. They become product.

    Unfortunately, the intimacy of your internet presence, while it may endear your fans to you, will also undermine any efforts towards profitable stardom.

    Live by the sword, die by the sword.

    You really are quite pretty. Let me know if you want to hang some time.

    -Chris

     
  • At 5:45 PM, Blogger Gary Isaacson said…

    Why is it that good fortune brings out the worst in us? We just cannot handle success. I still cannot figure out how the summer of love and Woodstock morphed into disco. How does a country decide after 8 years of universal prosperity, technological advancement and world respect to abandon the direction of the Clinton administration for the Bushwhacked world of deficits, deprivation, deceit and death..and that is just using the lousy thing starting with “d”.

    Was it 9-11? Or does success always breed failure? Ken Lay is the archetype, not the exception...a multimillionaire who needed to be a multibillionaire. Now he is dead and most think he is better off.

    The CEO syndrome seems to be that too much is never enough, especially if the other guy has more. So is it the simple matter of human greed and jealousy which is at the core of success turned into failure? I think so. No matter how good ones fortune, it is ruined for many of us if someone else has it better. That is just some fucked up shit.

    Every once in a while, something springs anew, like the summer of love. This time it was the internet ...not as much fun as free love, but pretty damn free. And while some made a lot of money in the early days, there was no resentment. Everyone can dig freedom.

    And what do we have now? Government spying, big business buying myspace.com and today I read Amanda Congdon has been ushered out of her Rocketboom post for what looks to me like a case of self-defeating jealousy by her faceless producer partner. It is no disgrace to be a good producer who sucks on camera..or so I have learned to tell myself.

    The point is the most successful vlog is on its way to failure. And the internet...dust off your boogie shoes.

     
  • At 7:11 PM, Blogger Jacduf said…

    Amanda, je suis très triste et j'espère vous revoir bientôt. Vous étiez pour moi un rayon de soleil quotidien... Mais je suis sûr que votre talent, votre humour et votre joie de vivre vont vous permettre de rebondir très vite encore plus haut que RB.
    Jacques, France

    Amanda, I am very sad and I hope to see you again soon. You were for me a daily sunbeam... But I am sure that your talent, your wittiness and your "joie de vivre" will enable you to rebound very quickly even higher than RB.
    Jacques France

     
  • At 10:55 PM, Blogger eolake said…

    Hi Amanda,
    I just found you due to my friend David Pogue.
    You'll be good. You're heartbreakingly cute. The only thing that could stand in the way of big time fame would be that you also clearly has humor and lots of brains. Some heavy psychopharmaca should cure that.

     
  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger welcome to wallyworld said…

    Amanda, did you see the vid on YouTube of Andrew Baron talking at CaseCamp about Rocketboom and you said/he said? Andrew Baron's side of the story

     
  • At 1:00 AM, Blogger Jack Post said…

    What are you guys? A rock combo?
    When's the reunion tour? Will Bill Wyman be involved?

     
  • At 7:16 AM, Blogger pyrotix said…

    <3

     
  • At 10:13 AM, Blogger BionicBuddha said…

    Amanda,

    No matter what another poster alleges, you are a celebrity. His narrow definition and perception that "real celebrities have agents that carefully manage their public image. Their personality is carefully packaged for the public's consumption. They become product.", not only does not reflect reality it is a complete logical disconnect.

    If every " real celebrity" in this poster's world had an agent (or even a manager); then half of these so-called agents should be fired, given the media's propensity to gain access to celebrity's immoral and unprofessional behaviour.

    You will land on your feet and be ultimately successful in your next endeavour and your experience on rocketboom should help you as a personal growth process...



    www.bionicbuddha.com

     
  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger A. Bruchis said…

    OK, so it's a fact that Amanda is the face of Rocketboom. And she was a co-writer, co-producer as well. But to cut to the chase, it seems as though she and her team were spearheading the entire creative process! So why should she go and work for someone else? I'm sure that she could get backers and start her own show. It has a low start up cost, and if she can stay with her parents long enough that should help with expenses. (I know that sucks, but if its gonna put you on your feet AND in charge of your own destiny, it's a small price to pay.)
    Why create revenue that you get a piece of when you could create a work that is yours and you reap the majority benifits as well. Heck, I dont have a lot of money, but I'd invest $500-$1000 in you! And I'm just a viewer! Create a show and sell 30% of it to someone else as a way to cover startup costs.
    Anyway, thats my thoughts, Your milage may vary.

     
  • At 12:08 PM, Blogger Eryckx06 said…

    I totally can relate to the situation you are going through. I have started and launch an online business, and my partner shafted me, spreading false rumors. The difference is that you can market yourself and your audience is larger.
    You are indeed the face of RB and you will bounce back to achieve greater things.
    Best of Luck

    Eryckx

     
  • At 12:10 PM, Blogger Phil Wolff said…

    Hi, Amanda.

    First off, I do recall your mentioning moving to L.A. when we met at CES in February. As long as we're on the record.

    I don't know about the legal stuff, but RB is not you, and you are not RB. It's something you do, not something you are. Holding on to that idea may not salve any of the pain or quench the bloodlust (I can only imagine). It may permit other options.

    You knew you'd step down as frontman for the show at some point, and you'd have handled a transition smoothly and with great charm. Again, I don't know about the legal stuff, but I'd presume that you want your 49% to be worth something a year or two from now, or even right now. What can you do to assure RB's continued growth and profits post-AC? Wishing you a great forensic accountant...

    Last, I've been waiting to share the Cole Porter's "Farewell, Amanda" lyrics from the Adam's Rib movie.

    Farewell, Amanda.
    Adios, adee or adieu.
    Farewell, Amanda.
    It all was great fun,
    But it's done. It's through.
    Still, now and then,
    Fair Amanda,
    When you're stepping on the suns above,
    Please recall that wonderful night
    On the veranda,
    Sweet Amanda,
    And our love.


    I'm so pleased you reached out to your loving public. An amazing amount of linklove.

    All the best.

    Phil Wolff, Skype Journal

     
  • At 3:32 PM, Blogger HVACISMYLIFE said…

    I've removed Rocketboom from my Itunes podcast list. Although content was not always interesting, the method in which it was delivered was refreshing. I guess that is 5 minutes of my day I can spend purusing other things.
    Hope to see you hosting somewhere else.

     
  • At 10:39 PM, Blogger Bodie said…

    Amanda,

    Honestly I have never seen Rocketboom or yourself until yesterday. See I really enjoy following current events. Therefore I watch CNN and other news groups. I saw your made the homepage of the Techology section. All and all I was impressed with some of your pass releases. You are very talented... And many people in the world already realize this. Chase your dreams.... Have a great day... Let me know where they take you at http://www.myspace.com/bbodie

     
  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger Namingishard said…

    Huh? i dont get it.
    Its like he was ignoring everything you were saying. 0_o
    If all that is 100% accurate, then it sounds like there was some missunderstanding and one of you are to afriad or embarrest to say it.
    Owell, Your cool, RocketBoom was cool, wont be half as good without your dorkiness but if things dont work out on Rocketboom, i hope you have another podcast.

     
  • At 9:11 AM, Blogger ScottyGee said…

    Best of luck in future endeavors. Just start up another vlog and do it your way. You already have a built in audience and a guaranteed revnue stream. Go for it!

     
  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger Neantaeus said…

    kYou will do something wonderful Amanda and, when you do, I will be sure to be paying attention. You have that star thing going on, use it well!

     
  • At 7:50 PM, Blogger Richard said…

    I have been a big fan of rocketboom, but SHEESH, this explosion has been quite unprofessional. So much wasted energy. Why does the whole world need to know this. yes, you are having problems. So work them out in private like we all do. Go do something with your life, and stop all of this nonsense at this point. Go save lives!! (like i do)

     
  • At 8:57 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Amanda=RocketBoom

    Long live AmandaUnBoomed, start now and never look back. You always had the crowd, we'll follow blindly.

    The goofballs at diggnation mentioned you, they didn't now who you were. Change that. Post some more vids, continue with Unboomed. :)

     

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