Guy Kawasaki

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Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki, 2006.jpg
Born (1954-08-30) August 30, 1954 (age 59)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Ethnicity Japanese American
Alma mater Stanford University, B.A
Occupation Author
Former Apple Fellow[1]
Home town Honolulu
Religion Christian[2]
Spouse(s) Beth
Children 4

Guy Kawasaki (born August 30, 1954) is a Silicon Valley author, speaker, investor and business advisor. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984. He was also a co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures and a news aggregation site called Alltop.[3]

Early life[edit]

Guy Kawasaki was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended the Iolani School. He cites his AP English teacher Harold Keables as a major influence, who taught him that "the key to writing is editing."[4] He graduated with B.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1976.[5] After attending Stanford, he went to law school at UC Davis, where he lasted two weeks[6] before realizing that he hated law school.[7] In 1977, he enrolled in the UCLA Anderson School of Management, from where he received his MBA.[4] His first job was at a jewelry company, Nova Stylings; in regards to this, Kawasaki said "the jewelry business is a very, very tough business—tougher than the computer business... I learned a very valuable lesson: how to sell."[8]


In 1983, Kawasaki got a job at Apple through his Stanford roommate, Mike Boich.[4][9] He was the chief evangelist for four years, until he "started listening to [his] own hype, and wanted to start a software company and really make big bucks."[10] In 1987, Kawasaki was hired to lead ACIUS,[11] the US subsidiary of ACI, which published the popular Apple database software system called 4th Dimension, that still remains popular today.[4][12]

He left ACIUS in 1989 to further his writing and speaking career; during this time, he wrote columns that were featured in Forbes and MacUser.[4][13][14] He also founded another company, Fog City Software, which created Emailer, an email client that sold to Claris.[15][16]

He returned to Apple as an Apple Fellow in 1995.[4] He was a co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm that has made investments in Pandora, TripWire, The Motley Fool and D.light Design.[17][18] In 2007, he founded Truemors, a free-flow rumor mill, that sold to NowPublic.[19][20][21] He is also a founder at Alltop, an online magazine rack.[9][22]

On March 1, 2013, Kawasaki announced he would be joining Google as an advisor to Motorola. His role is to create a Google+ mobile device community.[23][24]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Best Sellers: Hardcover Advice & Misc. New York Times. March 27, 2011.
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  4. ^ a b c d e f A Brief History of Mine. How to Change the World. December 30, 2005.
  5. ^ Guy Kawasaki. Stanford's Entreprenuership Program.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Iwata, Edward. Entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki doesn't accept failure. USA Today.
  8. ^ Bryant, Adam. Just Give Him 5 Sentences, Not "War and Peace". The New York Times. March 10, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Ostdick, John. Guy Kawasaki: Advice for Making Your Venture Successful. Success Magazine.
  10. ^ Galant, Greg. VW Show #39 – Guy Kawasaki of Garage Technology Ventures. Venture Voice. October 16, 2006.
  11. ^ Brogan, Daniel. Seeking 4th Dimension? Take Heart, Its Now in Town. The Chicago Tribune. July 12, 1987.
  12. ^ Brogan, Daniel. Seeking 4th Dimension? Take Heart, It's Still in Town. Chicago Tribune. July 12, 1987.
  13. ^ Kawasaki, Guy. The Beauty of Metaphor. Forbes. August 25, 1997.
  14. ^ Kawasaki, Guy. Wise Guy: The Goal of a New Machine. August 11, 2003.
  15. ^ Emailer Licensed to Claris. TidBITS. April 3, 1995.
  16. ^ Furchgott, Roy (October 18, 1998), "Private Sector; Financier to the Garage Start-Up", The New York Times 
  17. ^ Ostdick, John. Guy Kawasaki: Advice for Making Your Business Successful. Success Magazine.
  18. ^ Pritchard, Stephen. Guy Kawasaki: The garage culture comes to Britain. The Independent. August 28, 2000.
  19. ^ Arrington, Michael. Guy Kawasaki's Truemors Gets Acquired by NowPublic. Washington Post. July 10, 2008.
  20. ^ "Apple Evangelist's Advice For Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs". Asian Week. July 1, 2008.
  21. ^ "Guy Kawasaki: Truemors and the $12,000 start-up" The BusinessMakers Show June 2, 2007.
  22. ^ Interview: Not Just an Experiment: Guy Kawasaki's April 1, 2008.
  23. ^ "Google Disses Motorola Products - And Hires Guy Kawasaki". Read Write Web. March 1, 2013.
  24. ^ "Big news today! I'm advising Motorola.". Facebook. March 1, 2013.

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