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Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist of Canva & Executive Fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley); Former Chief Evangelist of Apple

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 Guy Kawasaki Biography

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation.

He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and eleven other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

While in school, he worked for a fine-jewelry manufacturer called Nova Stylings; hence, his first real job was counting diamonds. From Nova, its CEO Marty Gruber, and his Jewish colleagues in the jewelry business, Kawasaki learned how to sell, and this skill was vital to his career.

Kawasaki remained at Nova for a few years until the Apple II removed the scales from his eyes. Then he went to work for an educational software company called EduWare Services. However, Peachtree Software acquired the company and wanted Kawasaki to move to Atlanta. “I don’t think so” was his reaction because he couldn’t live in a city where people call sushi, “bait.”

Luckily, his Stanford roommate, Mike Boich, got Kawasaki a job at Apple. So one could make the case that Kawasaki owes Mike everything. When Kawasaki saw what a Macintosh could do, the clouds parted and the angels started singing. For four years Kawasaki evangelized Macintosh to developers. He also met his wife at Apple during this timeframe–Apple was very good to Kawasaki .

Around 1987, Kawasaki's job at Apple was done because Macintosh had plenty of software by then, so he left to start a Macintosh database company called ACIUS. It published a product called 4th Dimension. To this day, 4th Dimension is a great database.

Kawasaki ran ACIUS for two years and then left to pursue his bliss of writing, speaking, and consulting. He wrote for MacUser, Macworld, and Forbes. Kawasaki calls these the “Wonder Years” as in “I wonder why I deserve such a good life.”

In 1989, Kawasaki started another software company called Fog City Software with three of the best co-founders in the world: Will Mayall, Kathryn Henkens, and Jud Spencer. They created an email product called Emailer and then a list server product called LetterRip.

In 1995 Kawasaki returned to Apple as an Apple fellow. At the time, according to the pundits, Apple was supposed to die. (Apple should have died about ten times in the past twenty years according to the pundits.) Kawasaki's job on this tour of duty was to maintain and rejuvenate the Macintosh cult.

In 1997, Kawasaki left Apple to start an angel investor matchmaking service called Garage.com with Craig Johnson of Venture Law Group and Rich Karlgaard of Forbes. Version 2.0 of Garage.com was an investment bank for helping entrepreneurs raise money from venture capitalists. Today, version 3.0 of Garage.com is called Garage Technology Ventures; it is a venture capital firm and makes direct investments in early-stage technology companies.

In 2004, Kawasaki worked at Garage and then he began writing and speaking. Eventually he started another company with Will Mayall and Kathryn Henkens. This company created a website called Alltop–for “all the topics.” It aggregates RSS feeds and organizes them into topics such as photography.alltop.com, Macintosh.alltop.com, and social-media.alltop.com. It also publishes human-interest stories that elicit the reaction, “Holy kaw!”

Then in 2013, Kawasaki became a special advisor to the CEO of the Motorola division of Google. In 2014, Kawasaki resurrected the title “chief evangelist” and joined a Sydney-based company called Canva. This company provides an online, graphic-design service. Its goal is to democratize design. If you need graphics for social media, flyers, posters, infographics, business cards, or book covers, check it out.

In 2015 Kawasaki was appointed to the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. He joined Wikimedia in order to help democratize knowledge. What could be cooler than democratizing computers, design, and knowledge?

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Books
Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life

Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life

Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition

Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition

The Macintosh Way

The Macintosh Way

Speaking Topics
  • The Art of Enchantment

    This speech explains how to influence people's hearts, minds, and actions. Guy’s message is that the goal is to bring about voluntary, enduring, and delightful change that enables you to maneuver through difficult decisions, break entrenched habits, and get colleagues to work for long-term, mutually beneficial goals. Topics include how to achieve likability and trustworthiness, how to overcome resistance, how to enchant people who work for you, and how to enchant your boss.

  • The Art of Social Media

    This speech shows how to use social media such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest to increase your sales and marketing reach. This is a tactical and practical presentation that will open the audience’s eyes to what can be done with today’s fast, free, and ubiquitous social-media websites by someone with more than 5,000,000 social-media followers.

  • The Top 12 Things I Learned About Innovation from Steve Jobs

    In this keynote, Guy Kawasaki discusses his favorite takeaways from his experience working with one of the world’s most famous CEOs. Guy was the Chief Evangelist for Apple in the ‘90’s.

  • The Art of Innovation

    This speech inspires people to take chances, innovate, and change the world. Guy lays out the strategic steps to create new products and services by calling upon his experience with Apple as well as his study of dozens of world-class companies. This speech is ideally suited for events whose purpose is to motivate people to create insanely great products and services.

  • How to Publish a Book

    This speech explains how to publish a book, including writing, producing and marketing. The speech includes Guy’s social media tips and tricks to build a marketing platform, and how to use a book for marketing and branding purposes. Guy will show you how publishing a book can open up a whole new range of audiences and opportunities.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Guy Kawasaki?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Guy Kawasaki for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Guy Kawasaki, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Guy Kawasaki or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Guy Kawasaki?

    Booking fees for Guy Kawasaki, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Guy Kawasaki, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Guy Kawasaki?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Guy Kawasaki for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Guy Kawasaki for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Guy Kawasaki or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Guy Kawasaki or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist of Canva & Executive Fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley); Former Chief Evangelist of Apple

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Guy Kawasaki Biography

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation.

He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and eleven other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

While in school, he worked for a fine-jewelry manufacturer called Nova Stylings; hence, his first real job was counting diamonds. From Nova, its CEO Marty Gruber, and his Jewish colleagues in the jewelry business, Kawasaki learned how to sell, and this skill was vital to his career.

Kawasaki remained at Nova for a few years until the Apple II removed the scales from his eyes. Then he went to work for an educational software company called EduWare Services. However, Peachtree Software acquired the company and wanted Kawasaki to move to Atlanta. “I don’t think so” was his reaction because he couldn’t live in a city where people call sushi, “bait.”

Luckily, his Stanford roommate, Mike Boich, got Kawasaki a job at Apple. So one could make the case that Kawasaki owes Mike everything. When Kawasaki saw what a Macintosh could do, the clouds parted and the angels started singing. For four years Kawasaki evangelized Macintosh to developers. He also met his wife at Apple during this timeframe–Apple was very good to Kawasaki .

Around 1987, Kawasaki's job at Apple was done because Macintosh had plenty of software by then, so he left to start a Macintosh database company called ACIUS. It published a product called 4th Dimension. To this day, 4th Dimension is a great database.

Kawasaki ran ACIUS for two years and then left to pursue his bliss of writing, speaking, and consulting. He wrote for MacUser, Macworld, and Forbes. Kawasaki calls these the “Wonder Years” as in “I wonder why I deserve such a good life.”

In 1989, Kawasaki started another software company called Fog City Software with three of the best co-founders in the world: Will Mayall, Kathryn Henkens, and Jud Spencer. They created an email product called Emailer and then a list server product called LetterRip.

In 1995 Kawasaki returned to Apple as an Apple fellow. At the time, according to the pundits, Apple was supposed to die. (Apple should have died about ten times in the past twenty years according to the pundits.) Kawasaki's job on this tour of duty was to maintain and rejuvenate the Macintosh cult.

In 1997, Kawasaki left Apple to start an angel investor matchmaking service called Garage.com with Craig Johnson of Venture Law Group and Rich Karlgaard of Forbes. Version 2.0 of Garage.com was an investment bank for helping entrepreneurs raise money from venture capitalists. Today, version 3.0 of Garage.com is called Garage Technology Ventures; it is a venture capital firm and makes direct investments in early-stage technology companies.

In 2004, Kawasaki worked at Garage and then he began writing and speaking. Eventually he started another company with Will Mayall and Kathryn Henkens. This company created a website called Alltop–for “all the topics.” It aggregates RSS feeds and organizes them into topics such as photography.alltop.com, Macintosh.alltop.com, and social-media.alltop.com. It also publishes human-interest stories that elicit the reaction, “Holy kaw!”

Then in 2013, Kawasaki became a special advisor to the CEO of the Motorola division of Google. In 2014, Kawasaki resurrected the title “chief evangelist” and joined a Sydney-based company called Canva. This company provides an online, graphic-design service. Its goal is to democratize design. If you need graphics for social media, flyers, posters, infographics, business cards, or book covers, check it out.

In 2015 Kawasaki was appointed to the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. He joined Wikimedia in order to help democratize knowledge. What could be cooler than democratizing computers, design, and knowledge?

Guy Kawasaki Videos

  • Wise Guy--Lessons from a Life | Guy Kawasaki | TEDxPaloAltoSalon ...
  • The Art of Innovation, Guy Kawasaki, DevNet Create Keynote ...
  • ASU GSV Summit: GSV PRIMETIME: Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki Speaking Topics

  • The Art of Enchantment

    This speech explains how to influence people's hearts, minds, and actions. Guy’s message is that the goal is to bring about voluntary, enduring, and delightful change that enables you to maneuver through difficult decisions, break entrenched habits, and get colleagues to work for long-term, mutually beneficial goals. Topics include how to achieve likability and trustworthiness, how to overcome resistance, how to enchant people who work for you, and how to enchant your boss.

  • The Art of Social Media

    This speech shows how to use social media such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest to increase your sales and marketing reach. This is a tactical and practical presentation that will open the audience’s eyes to what can be done with today’s fast, free, and ubiquitous social-media websites by someone with more than 5,000,000 social-media followers.

  • The Top 12 Things I Learned About Innovation from Steve Jobs

    In this keynote, Guy Kawasaki discusses his favorite takeaways from his experience working with one of the world’s most famous CEOs. Guy was the Chief Evangelist for Apple in the ‘90’s.

  • The Art of Innovation

    This speech inspires people to take chances, innovate, and change the world. Guy lays out the strategic steps to create new products and services by calling upon his experience with Apple as well as his study of dozens of world-class companies. This speech is ideally suited for events whose purpose is to motivate people to create insanely great products and services.

  • How to Publish a Book

    This speech explains how to publish a book, including writing, producing and marketing. The speech includes Guy’s social media tips and tricks to build a marketing platform, and how to use a book for marketing and branding purposes. Guy will show you how publishing a book can open up a whole new range of audiences and opportunities.

FAQs on booking Guy Kawasaki

  • How to book Guy Kawasaki?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Guy Kawasaki for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Guy Kawasaki, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Guy Kawasaki or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Guy Kawasaki?

    Booking fees for Guy Kawasaki, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Guy Kawasaki, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Guy Kawasaki?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Guy Kawasaki for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Guy Kawasaki for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Guy Kawasaki or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Guy Kawasaki or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Guy Kawasaki is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Guy Kawasaki for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Guy Kawasaki generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Randi Zuckerberg, Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil, Gary Vaynerchuk and Tony Hsieh. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Guy Kawasaki for an upcoming event.

Guy Kawasaki Speaker Videos

  • Wise Guy--Lessons from a Life | Guy Kawasaki | TEDxPaloAltoSalon ...
    The Art of Innovation, Guy Kawasaki, DevNet Create Keynote ...
  • ASU GSV Summit: GSV PRIMETIME: Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki (Canva) at Startup Grind Global 2016
  • Guy Kawasaki: Stand Up to Your Boss Without Being a Pain in the Ass
    Guy Kawasaki: Facebook Should Be Wary of Losing Its Users' Trust

Guy Kawasaki Speaking Topics

  • The Art of Enchantment

    This speech explains how to influence people's hearts, minds, and actions. Guy’s message is that the goal is to bring about voluntary, enduring, and delightful change that enables you to maneuver through difficult decisions, break entrenched habits, and get colleagues to work for long-term, mutually beneficial goals. Topics include how to achieve likability and trustworthiness, how to overcome resistance, how to enchant people who work for you, and how to enchant your boss.

  • The Art of Social Media

    This speech shows how to use social media such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest to increase your sales and marketing reach. This is a tactical and practical presentation that will open the audience’s eyes to what can be done with today’s fast, free, and ubiquitous social-media websites by someone with more than 5,000,000 social-media followers.

  • The Top 12 Things I Learned About Innovation from Steve Jobs

    In this keynote, Guy Kawasaki discusses his favorite takeaways from his experience working with one of the world’s most famous CEOs. Guy was the Chief Evangelist for Apple in the ‘90’s.

  • The Art of Innovation

    This speech inspires people to take chances, innovate, and change the world. Guy lays out the strategic steps to create new products and services by calling upon his experience with Apple as well as his study of dozens of world-class companies. This speech is ideally suited for events whose purpose is to motivate people to create insanely great products and services.

  • How to Publish a Book

    This speech explains how to publish a book, including writing, producing and marketing. The speech includes Guy’s social media tips and tricks to build a marketing platform, and how to use a book for marketing and branding purposes. Guy will show you how publishing a book can open up a whole new range of audiences and opportunities.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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