Ben Rubin meets Ben RubinCNET's e-commerce reporter interviews Meerkat's CEO...and gets some flowers.
This is Ben Rubin. I'm a reporter for CNN. I'm here at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York, and I'm here with Meerkat CEO, Ben Rubin. So Ben Rubin. It's actually the other way around. We switched, we switched shirts. I am Ben Fox Rubin from CNET. And I'm Ben Rubin. And he's, he's the Meerkat an, he's the founder and CEO of Meerkat. Apparently. Okay. And you, you gave me flowers. [LAUGH] This is, this is gonna get really confusing. So anyway, I have a couple questions for you. First of all, Ben Rubin. So you have an app that lets people live broadcast their smartphone videos. Yeah. It was a huge hit at South by Southwest. First of all, my first question is, will you apologize to me, the other Ben Rubin, for getting so much attention using my name? Yes, I'm apologizing. Oh. It was easy [LAUGH] right? All right, I have another request for you. Do you agree to step down as CEO effective immediately. Uh-huh. So people can stop You know, confusing me for a notable tech entrepreneur. Would, would you take his job? I, I could. Do you want to take his job? I would. I'd be more than happy to. All right. No problem. This is, this is going much better than I expected. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] I thought you were gonna say no to all this stuff. Okay, okay. How's this, how's this, we'll do this instead. [LAUGH] What if we become co CEOs, ok? No. No. Kind of like the Olsen twins? That's, that's bad to the company. I don't believe in co CEOs. No, you don't wanna be co CEOs? I don't believe in that. [CROSSTALK] If you made me the co CEO, though. You can take the job, but you own the responsibility. Well, I don't know that I want to answer all those periscope questions [LAUGH] Or the copyright questions?>>Or the copyright questions we'll see. How's this, why don't we agree to this. Why don't you change your name and I have a couple ideas for you [UNKNOWN] I don't want to insult really but you have a terrible name. I don't know that anybody's ever told you that, it's just awful. Your parents insulted you when they gave you that name. The implication would have to be, I want to know. I think you're better off just switching names to like, let me give you some ideas, okay? Mel Gibson That's good. [LAUGH] That's. Okay. No. I think Mel Gibson, I don't wanna be Mel Gibson. Okay, you don't want Mel Gibson. Yeah. I'll try another one. Ashlee Simpson. Ashlee's a nice name. Okay. I can be Ashlee. All right. [INAUDIBLE] Ashlee. I am now here with Meerkat CEO Ashlee Simpson. Rubin. [LAUGH] Ashlee Simpson Rubin. Meerkat CEO, and I'm holding flowers, by the way. [LAUGH] I guess I should have explained that. Yeah. I'm holding flowers because Ben have me flowers. [CROSSTALK] I wanted to give flowers to, to Ben Rubin. In fact, every time I'm gonna meet Ben Rubin in my life from now on, I'm gonna give Ben. I'm gonna hold you to that. I, I should do that. It's a nice thing to do. Very anchored, so. What's the probability that we're gonna have the same name? Here's a bouquet, you know, flowers. So apparently the nicest guy in tech, Ben Ruben, I'm here with him right now and thank you very much for talking to us. Hey thanks. Yeah.