Guy Kawasaki

(Guy Takeo Kawasaki)

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A 50-year-old company can innovate as well as two guys/gals in a garage.
A crash is when your competitor's program dies. When your program dies, it is an 'idiosyncrasy'.
A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Ambitious failure, magnificent failure, is a very good thing. Failure
At the end of my life, is it better to say that I empowered people to make great stuff, or that I died with a net worth of $10 billion? Obviously I'm picking the former, although I would not mind both. Life
Coming from the U.S., you tend to look at one homogeneous market with 350 million people. But in Europe, every country has its own customs and laws.
Companies in Europe should stop trying to do the U.S. version of a European idea.
Create something, sell it, make it better, sell it some more and then create something that obsoletes what you used to make.
Don't worry, be crappy. Revolutionary means you ship and then test... Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap - but it was a revolutionary piece of crap.
Entitlement is the opposite of enchantment.
Entrepreneurship is not for everyone.
Evangelism is selling a dream.
Good people hire people better than themselves. So A players hire A+ players. But others hire below their skills to make themselves look good. So B players hire C players. C players hire D players, etc.
Great companies start because the founders want to change the world... not make a fast buck.
I do have a peripatetic and active intellectual curiosity.
I don't want to make more friends. I have four kids, I have plenty of friends, and all the personal relationships I need.
I have developed a Zen-like approach to the operating systems that people use: 'When you're ready, the right operating system will appear in your life.' Life
I merely consider myself a father, and one role of a father is to provide financial resources for his family. Families, Children & Parenting
I think that no one, or very few, are born as good presenters. It's a skill that you learn.
I travel all the time. Time ;Travel
If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society's heroes. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Society
If you look at my Twitter feed it is 99% links, but 1% is me responding and 1% of a big number is a big number.
If you make money, you might not make meaning. Money, Coins & Minting
If you're an entrepreneur and you think that the president makes a difference to your business, you should stay at your current job. Business, Commerce & Finance
I'm a lousy predictor of the future. Future
It doesn't matter whether the Dow is 5000 or 50,000. If you're an entrepreneur, there is no bad time to start a company. Time
It's easy to say that entrepreneurs will create jobs and big companies will create unemployment, but this is simplistic. The real question is who will innovate.
Leverage your brand. You shouldn't let two guys in a garage eat your shorts.
Most venture capitalists won't read a business plan unless the entrepreneur is introduced to them by a contact. Business, Commerce & Finance
Not many people agree with what I do.
Patience is the art of concealing your impatience. Patience ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across.
Smart, well-meaning people get it wrong when they start believing that the world owes them something and that the rules are different for them.
Social media allows me to pick my times for social interaction.
The A-listers and the A+ listers, are reporting the news, they're not making it.
The jewelry business is a very, very tough business - tougher than the computer business. You truly have to understand how to take care of your customers. Business, Commerce & Finance
What I lack in talent, I compensate with my willingness to grind it out. That's the secret of my life. Life
What you learn in school is the opposite of what happens in the real world. In school, you're always worried about minimums. You have to reach 20 pages or you have to have so many slides or whatever. Then you get out in the real world and you think, 'I have to have a minimum of 20 pages and 50 slides.'
When I finally got a management position, I found out how hard it is to lead and manage people.
When you enchant people, your goal is not to make money from them or to get them to do what you want, but to fill them with great delight. Money, Coins & Minting

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