The Art of Recruiting

The art of recruiting is the purest form of evangelism because you’re not simply asking people to try your product, buy your product, or partner with you. Instead, you are asking them to bet their lives on your organization. Can it get any scarier for them, and tougher for you, than this?

Hire better than yourself. […]

By |January 30th, 2006|Categories: Human Capital|56 Comments

Loop Du Jour

Today’s loop is brought to you by a member of this blog’s community: Krishna M. Sadasivam! It’s a loop called PC Weenies—if you use a computer, you’ll love these cartoons. And, I guess by definition, if you are reading this blog, you use a computer. :-)
You can point your friends to this URL, if you […]

By |January 30th, 2006|Categories: Cool Stuff|3 Comments

Do “What” to the Butt?

A point of clarification to the award winners of the my loop contest. I’ve sent most of you a copy of The Art of the Start, and I signed them “Kick butt!–Guy Kawasaki.”

Some people thought I wrote “Lick butt.” Once I autographed a book for a woman, and she asked me why I signed her […]

By |January 29th, 2006|Categories: Books, Cool Stuff|Tags: |29 Comments

The Art of Execution

If my memory isn’t failing me, after the Robert Redford character gets elected in The Candidate, he whispers to one of his supporters, “Now what?” Raising money ls like running for office: it’s very exciting and even fun if you get the money. But after you raise the money, now what?
The good news is that […]

By |January 28th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation|Tags: |34 Comments

The Art of Bootstrapping

Someone once told me that the probability of an entrepreneur getting venture capital is the same as getting struck by lightning while standing at the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day. This may be too optimistic.
Let’s say that you can’t raise money for whatever reason: You’re not a “proven” team with “proven” […]

By |January 26th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation|123 Comments

Loop de Hawk

This is a good story. A few months ago I spoke at the Surfing Industry Manufacturers Association meeting in Cabo San Lucas. To my dismay, the speaker I followed was Tony Hawk.
After our speeches, I got to hang out with Tony and set up an Airport network for us, so I asked him to […]

By |January 25th, 2006|Categories: Cool Stuff|15 Comments

Hindsights II: the Learning Continues

It’s been a few years since I wrote the Hindsights speech. During these years, a lot of water has gone under the bridge. I am married to the same woman. I have three kids with a fourth on the way. (My youngest is a girl we adopted from Guatemala, and any day now, we are […]

By |January 24th, 2006|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship|Tags: |62 Comments

Award Winners Loop

By popular demand, I’ve made it easy for you to see the award winners by clicking here. I’ve also added one more award:
Best Canadian family: Cameron BNow seeing the winners is easier than shooting fish in a barrel.

By |January 24th, 2006|Categories: Blogging, Cool Stuff|8 Comments

How to Be a Demo God

From February 6th to 8th, executives from seventy companies will do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This event is called, logically, Demo. It’s a great event–especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: entrepreneurs acting like they don’t need capital, and VCs acting […]

By |January 23rd, 2006|Categories: Marketing and Sales, Pitching and Presenting|43 Comments

First–and Last–Guy’s Blog’s Loop’s Photo Winners

Much to my delight, dozens of you have posted your picture to my loop of blog readers. In your honor, I am presenting the first and last “Guy’s Blog’s Loop’s Photo Winners.” (You know I love top ten lists, but I couldn’t reduce the number of categories.) I didn’t plan to select “winners” when […]

By |January 23rd, 2006|Categories: Blogging, Books, Cool Stuff|Tags: , |18 Comments

R U in the Loop?

One of my favorite restaurants is called Hobees. One of my favorite things about Hobees is its bulletin boards where there are pictures of customers in far off places wearing a Hobees tshirt. So I’ve decided to create the digital version of this so that we can all “meet” each other.
Hence, I’ve created a […]

By |January 21st, 2006|Categories: Cool Stuff|47 Comments

The Zen of Business Plans

In my day job, I not only hear a lot of PowerPoint pitches, but I also read a lot of business plans. The PowerPoint pitches explain my Ménière’s disease, but the business plans explain my recent need for reading glasses. One of my goals for blogging is to reduce the external factors that are […]

By |January 21st, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital|Tags: |55 Comments

Loop du jour: Bombshelters

Yes, bombshelters. Twenty four pictures of bombshelters. Truly bizarre. May we never need them…
By the way, if any of you have loops that you’d like to submit to my “loop du jour” posting, just let me know.

By |January 19th, 2006|Categories: Cool Stuff|5 Comments

The best charts I’ve ever seen

Check out these charts by Karl Hartig. My favorite is the consumer electronics one. It shows how long it took consumers to adopt electronic stuff. I used it in my book called Rules for Revolutionaries. I’ve been trying to find it ever since, and my buddy Bryan came through today.
Written at: Palo Alto, California.

By |January 19th, 2006|Categories: Books, Cool Stuff|Tags: |21 Comments

How to Kick Butt On a Panel

Despite my intention not to blog tonight, I cannot resist.
Today I moderated a very good panel at a conference, and while this experience is fresh in my mind, I want to explain how to kick butt on a panel. At any given conference, there are about three keynote speakers and twenty five panelists, so […]

By |January 18th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|31 Comments

Loop du jour: Images of an Ever Changing China

Starting today, once per day, I’m going to select a loop that I think is really cool. Here’s the first one.
Images of an Ever Changing China. Thirty eight photos that illustrate how fast China is changing.

By |January 18th, 2006|Categories: Cool Stuff|20 Comments

Addendum to How to Get a Standing Ovation

My, my…this topic sure generated a lot of comments. I’ll respond to them here:

Dress code in Hawaii. A great aloha shirt is the way to go. Have I got the solution for you. The world’s best aloha shirts come from Anne Namba. I often wear them in my speeches because it’s powerful to know […]

By |January 18th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|31 Comments

How to Get a Standing Ovation

When I started public speaking in about 1986, I was deathly afraid of public speaking—for one thing, working for the division run by Steve Jobs was hugely intimidating: How could you possibly compete with Steve? It’s taken me twenty years to get comfortable at it. I hope that many of you are are called upon […]

By |January 18th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |99 Comments

The Education of a Late-Adopter Blogger

A few things:

Apology 1: I didn’t realize that editing an entry causes RSS feeders to send the entry again. As you RSS subscribers know, I make a lot of changes to my entries, so you’re getting multiple copies of the same entry as I tweak it. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely I’ll stop tweaking. I think of […]

By |January 16th, 2006|Categories: Blogging|59 Comments

The Venture Capitalist Wishlist

By popular demand (okay, two people asked me to do it), here are the top ten ways to attract the interest of venture capitalists. There’s no guarantee that if you do these ten things that you’ll raise millions of dollars, but this wishlist will get you in the game.
Before you even start addressing the […]

By |January 16th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital|Tags: |30 Comments