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Kyle MacDonald

Entrepreneur featured on 20/20, ABC, CTV, CBC, CNN, Author "One Red Paperclip"

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Kyle MacDonald Biography

Kyle MacDonald bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of online trades over the course of a year. Running with the idea of taking one small item and attempting to trade it for something bigger and more substantial, MacDonald has become renowned for his off-beat and inspirational ideas and goals.

On July 12, 2005, Kyle posted a picture of a red paperclip on his blog and in the barter section of craigslist, and asked if anyone wanted to make a trade for something bigger or better. A few days later, he traded the paperclip for a pen shaped like a fish. He then traded the pen for a doorknob.

His yearlong adventure in bartering includes trading for a Coleman stove, a ski-doo, a moving van, a music recording contract, an afternoon spent hanging out with Alice Cooper, a movie role, and finally, a house.

"A lot of people have been asking how I've stirred up so much publicity around the project, and my simple answer is: 'I have no idea'", he told the BBC.

The stories that have come from these adventures are impressive, but MacDonalds generosity, free-spirit and willingness to look for the positive in things is what makes his story significant.

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Kyle MacDonald has spoken to thousands all over the world about the lessons that he learned from trading a red paperclip to a house. He has been interviewed by 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, BBC, CBS, CNN, City TV, Global, USA Today, Macleans, The New York Times, The New York Post, In Touch Magazine, VH1, MTV, The National Examiner, Readers Digest, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Toronto Star. He's been on Japanese television (multiple times), on stage with Alice Cooper at a concert in Fargo, and gained considerable media attention on television and radio around the world. In addition, Volkswagen Spain and Grolsch Beer made TV commercials based on the story, and Kyle starred in a Mastercard commercial that played off of the Red Paperclip story.

He has now set two Guinness World Records: one for Most Successful Internet Trade, the other for erecting the World's Largest Red Paperclip.

"Everything has to start somewhere" says Kyle. "The most important trade was the first, when I traded away the red paperclip. If I hadn't tried the idea out, I'd just be a guy with a red paperclip on his desk and the adventure would've never happened."

Kyle MacDonald is the author of "One Red Paperclip" which is available worldwide in 14 different languages, from Estonian to Korean. His story has inspired millions of people around the world to imagine how they can achieve amazing results using creative and fun solutions to everyday problems.

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One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply

One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply

One Red Paperclip: The Story of How One Man Changed His Life One Swap at a Time by MacDonald, Kyle (2008)

One Red Paperclip: The Story of How One Man Changed His Life One Swap at a Time by MacDonald, Kyle (2008)

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Kyle MacDonald Biography

Kyle MacDonald bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of online trades over the course of a year. Running with the idea of taking one small item and attempting to trade it for something bigger and more substantial, MacDonald has become renowned for his off-beat and inspirational ideas and goals.

On July 12, 2005, Kyle posted a picture of a red paperclip on his blog and in the barter section of craigslist, and asked if anyone wanted to make a trade for something bigger or better. A few days later, he traded the paperclip for a pen shaped like a fish. He then traded the pen for a doorknob.

His yearlong adventure in bartering includes trading for a Coleman stove, a ski-doo, a moving van, a music recording contract, an afternoon spent hanging out with Alice Cooper, a movie role, and finally, a house.

"A lot of people have been asking how I've stirred up so much publicity around the project, and my simple answer is: 'I have no idea'", he told the BBC.

The stories that have come from these adventures are impressive, but MacDonalds generosity, free-spirit and willingness to look for the positive in things is what makes his story significant.

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Kyle MacDonald has spoken to thousands all over the world about the lessons that he learned from trading a red paperclip to a house. He has been interviewed by 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, BBC, CBS, CNN, City TV, Global, USA Today, Macleans, The New York Times, The New York Post, In Touch Magazine, VH1, MTV, The National Examiner, Readers Digest, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Toronto Star. He's been on Japanese television (multiple times), on stage with Alice Cooper at a concert in Fargo, and gained considerable media attention on television and radio around the world. In addition, Volkswagen Spain and Grolsch Beer made TV commercials based on the story, and Kyle starred in a Mastercard commercial that played off of the Red Paperclip story.

He has now set two Guinness World Records: one for Most Successful Internet Trade, the other for erecting the World's Largest Red Paperclip.

"Everything has to start somewhere" says Kyle. "The most important trade was the first, when I traded away the red paperclip. If I hadn't tried the idea out, I'd just be a guy with a red paperclip on his desk and the adventure would've never happened."

Kyle MacDonald is the author of "One Red Paperclip" which is available worldwide in 14 different languages, from Estonian to Korean. His story has inspired millions of people around the world to imagine how they can achieve amazing results using creative and fun solutions to everyday problems.

Kyle MacDonald Videos

  • Kyle MacDonald - Keynote Demo Video 01-13 on Vimeo
  • Trading a Paperclip for a House by Kyle MacDonald, Ep 91 - YouTube
  • one red paperclip Kyle MacDonald's Police Whistle Trade Up ...

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  • How to book Kyle MacDonald?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kyle MacDonald for both live and virtual events for over 20 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 for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Kyle MacDonald, 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 Kyle MacDonald or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kyle MacDonald?

    Booking fees for Kyle MacDonald, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking 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 Kyle MacDonald, 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 Kyle MacDonald?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kyle MacDonald for clients worldwide for more than 20 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 Kyle MacDonald 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 Kyle MacDonald or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kyle MacDonald 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.

Kyle MacDonald is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kyle MacDonald for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Kyle MacDonald generally travels from VancouverCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shawn Rene Zimmerman, Nicka Smith, Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS, Shaun Hays and Robin Crow. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kyle MacDonald for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kyle MacDonald Speaker Videos

  • Kyle MacDonald - Keynote Demo Video 01-13 on Vimeo
    Trading a Paperclip for a House by Kyle MacDonald, Ep 91 - YouTube
  • one red paperclip Kyle MacDonald's Police Whistle Trade Up ...
    OneRedPaperClip ABC 20/20 - YouTube
  • Kyle MacDonald - Volkswagon commericial
    Pokemon Japan - One Red Paperclip

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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.

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