How to Prepare for the Next Wave of Entrepreneurship

Steve Case is the co-founder of America Online, the company that democratized online access. Steve is currently the chairman of the Revolution investment firm and also the Case Foundation. President Obama named him Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Additionally, Steve has chaired Startup America and Startup Weekend, initiatives to promote entrepreneurship. In short, he’s a [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Categories: Books|Tags: , , |15 Comments

Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I'd like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I'm not sure I'm man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the [...]

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: Autos, Cool Stuff|48 Comments

Test drive: Sony A7R II

Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I'm not a "real" photographer so if you see anything that's sub-optimal, it's [...]

By | August 6th, 2015|Categories: Cool Stuff, Photography|12 Comments

The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo [...]

By | June 8th, 2015|Categories: Cool Stuff, Life|14 Comments

Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. […]

By | May 20th, 2015|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship|Tags: , |17 Comments

Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

By | May 18th, 2015|Categories: Cool Stuff, Life|Tags: |3 Comments

The Art of the Panel

At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. […]

By | May 11th, 2015|Categories: Books, Events, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |12 Comments

Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible. […]

By | May 5th, 2015|Categories: Blogging|11 Comments

How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. […]

By | May 4th, 2015|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , |5 Comments

How to Pick Advisors

Once upon a time there were two engineering PhDs who were clueless about how to start a company. All they knew how to do was code. They were so desperate for money and adult supervision that when an experienced businessperson showed interest and offered to help raise money, they, in their own words, “followed him like dogs.” […]

By | April 27th, 2015|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship|Tags: , |6 Comments

Pictures from my trip to Berlin

After my visit to Stuttgart, I went to Berlin to speak for Russell Reynolds. Berlin is a very interesting city with many places to visit.

By | April 21st, 2015|Categories: Cool Stuff, Life, Travel|4 Comments

Pictures from my trip to @Porsche

These are pictures from the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. I even got a ride in a 918!

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: Autos, Cool Stuff, Travel|Tags: |6 Comments

Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes

These are my pictures from the Mercedes-AMG facility. This is where the AMG GT is made.

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: Autos, Cool Stuff, Travel|Tags: |9 Comments

The Art of Branding

In the real world, you don’t have infinite resources; you don’t have a perfect product; and you don’t sell to a growing market without competition. You’re also not omnipotent, so you cannot control what people think of your brand. Under these assumptions, most companies need all the help they can get. […]

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: Marketing and Sales|13 Comments

Pictures from the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

These are pictures from my trip to the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in Germany. It is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Germany.

By | April 19th, 2015|Categories: Life, Travel|1 Comment

Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock!

My time-tested, battle-hardened best tips to help you create the best presentations possible. If you feel the need to be creative, do it in your product design, not your pitch. […]

By | April 14th, 2015|Categories: Books, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: , |2 Comments

How to Spread the Word When Information Flows Faster Than Clout

In their book, Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers In The Age of (Nearly) Perfect Information, Emanuel Rosen and Itamar Simonson explain a new approach to planting seeds to build awareness for a new product or service. Their idea is that the gradual adoption, trickle-down approach that started when Moses went to see God is less applicable today because online information is getting fast, free, and perfect. […]

By | April 13th, 2015|Categories: Books, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , |2 Comments

Photos from my first trip to Yosemite

I’ve lived in California for forty years, and I have never visited Yosemite until last week. Wow, I was missing so much. The epic nature of the park is mind boggling. Here are pictures from my visit. […]

By | April 13th, 2015|Categories: Cool Stuff, Life, Travel|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

How to Manage Your Board

The art of board management is a skill that you need to master because it can mean your survival and at least greater leeway in managing your startup. The first issue is deciding when you need a board. […]

By | April 6th, 2015|Categories: Books, Management|Tags: , |3 Comments

How to Be a Demo God

Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, and venture capitalists acting as if they don’t need entrepreneurs. (This is like acting prudish in a brothel.) […]

By | March 30th, 2015|Categories: Books|Tags: , , |7 Comments