Is it just me or do I just really like this guy but don’t really know why? He’s everywhere but I only knew that he’s a cool dude from the heyday of Apple and does cool stuff like following me back on Twitter. So who is the ubiquitous, mysterious Guy Kawasaki anyway?! Well… here are my favorite bits from his bio:
After Stanford, I attended the law school at U.C. Davis because, like all Asian-American parents, my folks wanted me to be a “doctor, lawyer, or dentist.” I only lasted one week because I couldn’t deal with the law school teachers telling me that I was crap and that they were going to remake me.
The following year I entered the MBA program at UCLA. I liked this curriculum much better. While there, I worked for a fine-jewelry manufacturer called Nova Stylings; hence, my first real job was literally counting diamonds. From Nova, its CEO Marty Gruber, and my Jewish colleagues in the jewelry business, I learned how to sell, and this skill was vital to my entire career.
[Who knew? We went to the same business school! He would be appalled to learn that John Scully was very unimpressive when he spoke in 1992 at the bschool at UCLA. He talked about the “paperless office” and his presentation was actually on overhead film. I kid you not. And it was in black and white! As if he did it himself on Powerpoint but was very inept at it.]
… My Stanford roommate, Mike Boich, got me a job at Apple; for giving me my chance at Apple, I owe Mike a great debt. When I saw what a Macintosh could do, the clouds parted and the angels started singing. For four years I evangelized Macintosh to software and hardware developers and led the charge against world-wide domination by IBM. I also met my wife Beth at Apple during this timeframe—Apple has been very good to me.
Currently, I’m a founding partner at Garage and co-founder of Alltop as well as a husband, father, author, speaker, and hockey addict. Alltop is an online magazine rack that I hope you’ll check out—you’ll probably enjoy Innovation.alltop, for example. I’ve also written ten books. My latest is Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. You can read about my other nine books here.
If you’d like to stay on top of my writing, the best places are the American Express Open Forum and my Twitter account. You can also follow my adventures on my Facebook fan page.
What I really like about Guy Kawasaki is that he’s not your typical Venture Capitalist who stays under the radar. The attitude is “if you can’t even find a way to reach me, clearly you have no business being an entrepreneur.” Guy seems like both a nice guy and a straight shooter. You can actually contact him and I suspect he will even get back to you (if your idea is good enough). Anyway, have any of you reached out to him? Did he return your email or respond to a tweet? Please tell!
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