The story behind rakeshlobster

I get this question a lot — “Where does rakeshlobster come from?”

I was drinking with a bunch of friends at a bar in Milwaukee (I think it was the Safe House) when the B-52’s song “Rock Lobster” came on.

My buddy Neal started calling me “Rock Lobster”.

I soon became unemployed (correlation is not causation) and I needed temporary Internet access. My friend Jonathan had a free AOL analyst account and created a screenname for me.

Given the difficulty of getting an AOL screenname, he settled on “rakeshlobster”.

More than a decade later, I still frequently use “rakeshlobster” for my online presence.

As I’ve become better known, I’ve thought about switching my Twitter presence to a more professional-sounding name. But “rakeshlobster” is established and distinctive.

Man, the lyrics are terrible, though!

Chased by a cat-fish
In flew a sea robin
Watch out for that piranha
There goes a narwhale


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. His personal blog is at and tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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