In this Podcast Episode
Rob McNealy interviews author, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki about his latest book, Reality Check and his internet projects including Alltop.com.
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Guy Kawasaki’s Bio
Guy Kawasaki was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1954. His family lived in a tough part of Honolulu called Kalihi Valley, where he attended Iolani School. After Iolani, he attended Stanford University, where he graduated in 1976 with a major in psychology – the easiest major he could find.
After Stanford, Kawasaki succumbed to the wishes of his Asian American parents, and enrolled in law school at UC Davis. He only lasted a week before he left, but the following year he entered the MBA program at UCLA. While completing his MBA, he worked for a fine-jewelry manufacturer called Nova Stylings, where he learned how to sell.
Guy remained at Nova for a few years, until he was bit by the computer bug and took a job with an educational software company called EduWare Services. After Peachtree Software acquired the company, he got a job at Apple with the help of his Stanford roommate, Mike Boich. He spent four years evangelizing Macintosh to software and hardware developers and led the charge against world-wide domination by IBM.
Kawasaki left Apple to start a Macintosh database company called ACIUS, which published a product called 4th Dimension. from there he moved on to pursue writing, speaking, and consulting. Eventually, Guy returned to Apple as an Apple fellow, in order to help maintain and rejuvenate the Macintosh cult.
Currently, Guy is a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures and co-founder of Alltop, as well as a husband, father, author, speaker, and hockey addict. In addition, he’s also written nine books, including his latest called Reality Check.