Better Late Than Arrogant

Welcome to my first attempt at blogging. Admittedly, I’m three years behind the bleeding edge, but I had to get over the inherent arrogance of blogging: that people would give a shitake about what I have to say.

A book every two or three years is one thing, but a daily blog? (Not that I’m committing to daily blog.) However, many people pounded on me, so here goes. Not that you can hold me to this, but I’ll write about entrepreneurship, venture capital, innovation, public speaking, Macintosh, and hockey.

From time to time, I will also discuss things that I do not “know,” but I’ve never let ignorance get in the way of expressing an opinion—and clearly, very few bloggers do! So let the good times roll…

Written at Atherton, California

By | 2016-10-24T14:29:53+00:00 December 30th, 2005|Categories: Blogging|59 Comments

About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

59 Comments

  1. Tom Markiewicz December 31, 2005 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Guy Kawaskai starts blog

    Guy Kawasaki has started his blog entitled Let the Good Times Roll (and its about time Guy!) The Art of the Start is one of my favorite books on entrepreneurship and I recently bought Rules for Revolutionaries. Guys writi…

  2. Brad Hutchings January 1, 2006 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Happy New Year Guy! I’ve bookmarked you just below Scott Adams and Dave Barry on my morning blog run, so don’t disappoint!
    Also, loved Art of the Start… so did one of my dogs. It was her favorite book of 2005.

  3. Thomas Lee January 1, 2006 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Happy New Year Guy! Best of luck in the new year and on your new blog.

  4. Jim Armstrong January 1, 2006 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Welcome to the blogosphere Guy! You will be great at it, and I’m looking forward to everything you have the time to post. 2006 should be a wild E-ticket ride.

  5. Jason Hullinger January 1, 2006 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Excellent! Glade to see you have a blog. I saw one of your lectures a few years ago and it completely change my why of thinking. Can’t wait for more great thoughts for you to share.

  6. Ben Casnocha January 1, 2006 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Welcome Guy. I look forward to reading your musings and having you join the conversation!
    -Ben Casnocha
    Entrepreneur, Writer, High School Student
    http://ben.casnocha.com

  7. Joe Buhler January 1, 2006 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year Guy and welcome to the blogosphere. You’re too modest. Your blog will be a must read for many, including me.

  8. Jeremy Wright January 1, 2006 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    As someone who loves your books, and speaking, I’m subscribed 🙂
    Don’t worry, no pressure to be a genius every day. Once a week should do just fine!

  9. PXLated January 1, 2006 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Welcome to the blogsphere Guy…looking forward to your…uuuuhhhhh…daily posts 😉

  10. Jeremiah Owyang January 1, 2006 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Welcome to the blogosphere, I’ve set you up in my feedreader as well.

  11. Mike Young January 1, 2006 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Great to see you blogging, Guy. BTW, your Garage.com tee shirt is a bit thin, which just goes to show how much I wear it. Got you in the RSS feeds folder of Safari now and look forward to your solutions for bad business behavior, aka bozosity.

  12. beissholz.de - von bissig bis garstig. January 1, 2006 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Kein Motorrad, sondern ein Blog.

    Immer mehr bekannte Namen steigen ins Blogging ein, jetzt auch Guy Kawasaki. Gerade noch ein Buch von ihm in den Einkaufskorb gelegt, und gleich weiter im den Feedreader gelesen. 😉
    “Ein weitere…

  13. Skip Shuda January 1, 2006 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    A very welcome event. thank you! – Skip

  14. Todd Dailey January 1, 2006 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    If I may be so bold, your column layout is way too narrow. Your CSS sets it as:
    left column 180px
    middle column 320px
    right column 180px
    320px for your body text? That the width of an old palmpilot. 🙂
    Changing those to 25%, 50%, 25% would give you same proportions but let the text flow.

  15. andy jones January 1, 2006 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    What’s with the Google ad junk on the right. Isn’t the web saturated enough with that polution.. what does it add to the experience of reading your blog? Does a VC really need the extra dollars from google’s crappy ads?

  16. [email protected] January 1, 2006 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Welcome Guy! Read the book not so long ago – taught me a lot. Look forward to following your blog.

  17. Fire Someone Today January 1, 2006 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki is blogging

    Guy Kawasaki is a great writer and an incredibly entertaining keynote speaker. I love his funny, straight to the point approach. In a world of empty, fluffy business books and speeches Guy always delivers something I can put to use…

  18. Lance Winslow January 1, 2006 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Great to see this Blog. If any entrepreneurs need ideas to light their entrepreneurial quests for 2006, we have put up ideas, some off the wall, some brilliant, some absurd, but all can help you think; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs .
    Great book Guy, heck of a read and it will inspire the next generation of superstar entrepreneurs to push beyond the sound and fury and barriers of social conditioning and think beyond the cave. Indeed this is going to be one hell of a great year for the forward progression of the species.

  19. Nick Davis January 1, 2006 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Welcome to the blogosphere! I just finished The Art of the Start, which was phenomenal. I hope you keep it up.

  20. michael dillon January 1, 2006 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    GO DALLAS STARS!!!!!

  21. Michael LaPeter January 1, 2006 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Welcome and thanks for starting a blog! I don’t read a lot of blogs, but after reading Art of the Start I’ve got this one bookmarked!

  22. Christopher Allen January 1, 2006 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Welcome to the world of blogging!
    You had significant impact on my Mac software development firm Dreams of the Phoenix in the 80s when you were an evangelist at Apple, so I’ll keep an eye on what you have to say 😉

  23. David Ciccone January 1, 2006 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Guy, we all are excited about you blogging. Six years ago you were my inspiration to Evangelize the handheld platform. Six years later it has made a huge impact for me. Thank you!

  24. Ted Lang January 1, 2006 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Guy, thanks for all those wonderful business insights and welcome to the blogsphere.
    Ted Lang
    Vive Network
    http://www.vivenetwork.com

  25. Phil Gerbyshak Challenges You to Make It Great! January 1, 2006 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki is now blogging!

    Thanks to Robert Scoble for pointing out that innovative super hero Guy Kawasaki is now blogging! Wow, this is SO cool! Guy did some awesome work at Apple, and has written some amazing books, with my favorite being The Art of the Start (the others I’ve…

  26. Gerald Buckley January 1, 2006 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    If Tom Peters and Seth Godin can write something worth reading every once in a while… I *KNOW* you can! Glad you’re on board. (BTW, nothing wrong with telling how your hockey game’s going)
    Gerald in Tulsa

  27. Phil Gerbyshak Challenges You to Make It Great! January 1, 2006 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki is now blogging!

    Thanks to Robert Scoble for pointing out that innovative super hero Guy Kawasaki is now blogging! Wow, this is SO cool! Guy did some awesome work at Apple, and has written some amazing books, with my favorite being The Art of the Start (the others I’ve…

  28. Dave Winer January 1, 2006 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    “Blogger. n. Someone with nothing to say writing for someone with nothing to do.”
    Guy, that’s the kind of thing people used to say about Compuserve users, but with the benefit of hindsight, they turned out to be the vanguard of the online revolution, which was even bigger than the Mac revolution. It led to things like Amazon and eBay and don’t forget Expedia, things that are businesses that any VC would have to respect (right?)…
    Sheez, people even said things like that about the Macintosh, who needs a mouse and windows, they’re just for sissies.
    Be careful what you dismiss, you could be missing big opportunities. A lot of other people think so.
    I know you didn’t think much of scripting technology, but what do you think of RSS? You might not see that the two are related, but they are, the same kind of low-tech-is-better thinking leads to both places.
    Anyway, it’s great to see you blogging, I’m sure you’re going to be a great blogger. You have a lot of experience that people can benefit from.
    I’d love to catch up sometime. I live in the Bay Area again, and it would probably be easy to cross paths.
    Mazel tov, dude!
    Dave

  29. Michael G. Richard January 1, 2006 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Hey, I give a sh.. I even bookmarked you!

  30. Donald Larson January 1, 2006 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Hi Guy,
    It’s good to see you blogging.
    One of my favorite recollections of you is from the January 1986 Apple Developer Conference. Someone in the audience asked you about the issue of “Look and Feel”. You responded with, “My advice is always look before feeling.” The whole audience was cracking up for several minutes.
    Don

  31. rMen's weblog, the blog of a french cyberworker January 1, 2006 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki’s on the blog

    Ouha! l’ex évangélisateur d’Apple, fondateur de Garage.com ouvre son blog. Il était temps Guy!

  32. Alexander Hutton January 2, 2006 at 3:57 am - Reply

    Shooting Down The Walls Of Heartache (Bang! Bang!), I Am The Warrior

    In perusing my RSS feeder today, I noticed something. Im wondering if its the holidays, or if were reaching maximum density, but a good number of Blogs out there I RSSd in 2005 have stagnated in the past 60 d…

  33. Alan Goldsher January 2, 2006 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Guy,
    Thanks for getting back to me again. I will keep you “in the loop” – as our mission proceeds. Magazines on both coasts are quite interested – and my hope is that someone as creative and respected as yourself might someday become involved “more deeply.”

  34. Graeme Thickins January 2, 2006 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Hey, Guy. So, was it Rich Karlgaard launching his daily blog that finally shamed you into doing this? 🙂 Seriously, I like the way you waited and did it right. And your subtitle is a classic. Took me a whole post on “Blogs and Boredom” a while back to say what you do in a dozen words.
    As always, you da man…

  35. julie70 January 2, 2006 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Some one who writes so well (I read at least two of your books) and speaks so well (I heard you at apple devs conferences) could have problem to write (like me from begining jan last year) day by day?
    I do not think so.
    You always had lots to say, and will be surely have enough! welcome between us! (again) even if now, I switched after 22 years from Mac to PC, but with the web, who really cares?
    go for it!

  36. Scott Knaster January 2, 2006 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Hey Guy — you were born to blog! Good luck.
    -Scott

  37. Lee Hinde January 2, 2006 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Gii;
    You’ve been scolded by Dave Winer; you must be a blogger.
    Wilkommen, bienvenu, welcome, c’mon in…
    – Lee

  38. raines January 2, 2006 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Welcome, Guy. Good timing: looking forward to seeing you at Macworld Expo/SF next week! 21 years of Expos…who’da thunk it!

  39. Kirk Berridge January 2, 2006 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Liked reading about your personal history. A real credible blog. The Art of the Start was inspiration for starting my first company which I just sold. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  40. ronn January 2, 2006 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year and welcome Mr. Kawasaki. I recently added several new (to me) blogs to my roll. Yours is going to the top of my list.

  41. Robert Qually January 2, 2006 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I read your books, might as well read your blog. Welcome to cyberland!!!

  42. giovanni January 3, 2006 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Hello Little blogger! Nice to hear we can follow your daily thoughts and opionins. You are a good voice to listen to. cheers

  43. Twist Image Multimarketing Studio - Mitch Joel Blog - Marketing and Communication Insights January 3, 2006 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki Blog Is Up And Running

    Guy Kawasaki is a damn cool individual. If you have not read books like The Art Of The Start, Rules For Revolutionaries (a personal favorite) or Selling The Dream, you are missing out. I was just going through Seth Godin’s…

  44. Casual Fridays January 3, 2006 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Free Kawasaki with Every RSS Feed

    I couldnt wait until Friday to tell you Guy Kawasaki has started a blog.
    My favorite so far is Guys Golden Touch.
    Now, if only I could convince Kevin Carrol to start blogging

  45. Simran's Daily Links January 3, 2006 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    “Let the Good Times Roll” by Guy Kawasaki: Better Late Than Arrogant

    *Let the Good Times Roll* by Guy Kawasaki: Better Late Than Arrogant…

  46. Louis Columbus January 3, 2006 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Guy,
    Thanks for making the leap to blogging for all of us who want to learn from you and see the world through a different perspective than our own. You’re going to be a great teacher through this blog, and in advance, thank you for the effort.

  47. C. Enrique Ortiz January 4, 2006 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Hey Guy! Welcome to the blogosphere!!!
    ceo

  48. Entrepreneurs Viewpoint January 4, 2006 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Garage Blog

    Heres some great news for entrepreneurs. One new entry into the Blog arena is Let the Good Times Roll by Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start and managing director of Garage Technology Ventures.

  49. Gui Cremerius January 16, 2006 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Catching Up

    Now that Im back from my vacations I have a ton of stuff to catch up with. While jumping around in my Bloglines feeds I noticed that Guy Kawasaki finally got on the blogging bandwagon with this post and for what I was reading hes doing re…

  50. Where the Sidewalk Begins ... January 17, 2006 at 8:07 am - Reply

    The Evangelist Way

    Guy Kawasaki is knee-deep in attempting to blog, which is pretty damned cool. For those of you who don’t know, Guy Kawasaki was the first Mac Evangelist (that was his job title at Apple). In 1989 he published a great

  51. Write Technology January 17, 2006 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Evangelism and Blogging

    Guy Kawasaki is now blogging, which seems like perfect synergy to me. For those of you who don’t know, Guy Kawasaki was the first Mac Evangelist (that was his job title at Apple). In 1989 he published a great book

  52. Site-9 Weblog by Bjoern Ognibeni January 18, 2006 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki on The Art of Branding

    Guy Kawasaki, Apple’s former “Chief Evangelist”, started a weblog just a few weeks ago. So far it’s a pretty interesting one. Now he wrote a nice piece on the Art of Branding – with 8 very valid, very wise points ! My favorite:4. Apply the opposite tes…

  53. Site-9 Weblog by Bjoern Ognibeni January 18, 2006 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki on The Art of Branding

    Guy Kawasaki, Apple’s former “Chief Evangelist”, started a weblog just a few weeks ago. So far it’s a pretty interesting one. Now he wrote a nice piece on the Art of Branding – with 8 very valid, very wise points ! My favorite:4. Apply the opposite tes…

  54. Smart Up January 31, 2006 at 11:16 am - Reply

    First post!

    A year from now you may wish you had started today.~ Karen LambGuy Kawasaki is one of the many inspirational figures (that I got to know thanks to the Web) that I respect, and he started blogging late! So I

  55. Smart Up January 31, 2006 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    First post!

    A year from now you may wish you had started today.~ Karen LambGuy Kawasaki is one of the many inspirational figures that I have come to know thanks to the blogosphere, and he started blogging late! So I don’t feel

  56. Rishon Rishon February 26, 2006 at 4:28 am - Reply

    The Art of the Blog

    Guy Kawasaki is a new blogger. Since I have vastly more experience on this matter than he (about 2 years…), I will deign to offer him – and anyone else who’s listening – some advice on the art of the…

  57. Rishon Rishon February 26, 2006 at 4:32 am - Reply

    The Art of the Blog

    Guy Kawasaki is a new blogger. Since I have vastly more experience on this matter than he (about 2 years…), I will deign to offer him – and anyone else who’s listening – some advice on the art of the…

  58. Jenny Bruce August 2, 2006 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    This is the best blog I ever saw. It’s a pleasure. Everyone can learn many things here. Keep going on !

  59. Scott Brison>> heart facts December 13, 2006 at 3:57 am - Reply

    This is a great article. I am new to your blog and i like what I see. I look forward to your future work.
    I’ve taken a quick look at your postings, which are very interesting. Lots of material and ideas! Congrats on being so focused!

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