David Aaker: Father of Modern Branding and AMA Marketing Hall of Fame® Inductee

I’m Guy Kawasaki, and this is Remarkable People. This episode’s remarkable guest is David Aaker. David is the godfather of branding like Bob Cialdini is the godfather of influence. And like Bob, his work has shaped my concept of secular evangelism. He is a professor emeritus of the Haas School of Business of UC [...]

Kristi Yamaguchi: Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Figure Skater, Author, and Philanthropist.

I’m Guy Kawasaki, and this is Remarkable People. This episode’s remarkable guest is Kristi Yamaguchi. I’m on a Yamaguchi streak right now. To my knowledge, she is not related to Roy Yamaguchi, the chef, and recent Remarkable People guest. She may not have won a James Beard award, but she did win the Olympic [...]

Learn from UCSC Coronavirus Team on Remarkable People

My guests this week on Remarkable People are the esteemed UCSC Coronavirus Team. The UCSC Genomics Institute has been working around the clock to combat the coronavirus. I recently led a discussion into the pioneering research and results. On May 6, 2020, I moderated a panel of three professors from UC Santa Cruz, for [...]

Roy Yamaguchi: James-Beard award winner, flyin’ Hawaiian, and culinary comic

This episode’s guest is Roy Yamaguchi, the founder of Roy’s Restaurants, Tavern by Roy Yamaguchi, and Eating House 1849. Roy was born and raised in Japan but now lives in Hawaii. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and worked for famous restaurants such as L’Escoffier, L’Ermitage, and Michael’s. He is [...]

Esther Wojcicki: Godmother of Silicon Valley, legendary teacher, and mother of a super-family

This episode’s remarkable person is Esther Wojcicki, educator, author, and mom. She currently teaches journalism and English at Palo Alto High School. In fact, she was the northern California teacher of the year in 1990 and California teacher of the year in 2002. The name of her book is How to Raise Successful People. [...]

The Art of Perseverance

This is a bonus episode of my Remarkable People podcast called The Art of Perseverance. It's a kick in your pants mini-keynote to help entrepreneurs, small business owners, and managers figure out how to persevere during the pandemic. There won't be any unicorns, pixie dust, or singing kumbaya while holding hands. We're talking do [...]

Andrew Zimmern: Award-Winning Chef, Author, and TV Personality

This episode’s guest is the one and only Andrew Zimmern. I adored his TV series called Bizarre Foods. Like Remarkable People, the title explains it all--Andrew went around the world eating bizarre foods and learning about different cultures. It was a program that my family watched together. Whenever I traveled, I tried to watch [...]

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston: Japanese American Internment Camp Survivor and Memoirist

This episode’s guest is Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. She is the author of Farewell to Manzanar. This book was written in the 1970s when Jeanne was thirty-seven. It chronicles her family’s internment during World War II. It is one of the books that many American schools use to help students understand racism and prejudice. Jeanne [...]

Dr. Steven Pinker: Cognitive Psychologist, Linguist, and Author

This episode’s guest is Dr. Steven Pinker. He is a Harvard professor of cognitive science (the study of the human mind) with expertise in visual cognition and psycholinguistics as well as an author and speaker. He writes about language, the mind and human nature. Recall my interview with Dr. Stephen Wolfram a few weeks [...]

Gary Vaynerchuk: Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, and Author

This episode’s guest is Gary Vaynerchuk--or more widely known as “Gary Vee.”   He is an entrepreneur, social media influencer, speaker, author, and investor. He started in his father’s liquor-store business, but his goal is worldwide domination--and buying the New York Jets. His current focus is Vaynermedia, a digital ad agency with large brands [...]

Chris Bertish – Big Waves, Big Ocean, and Big Dreams

This episode's guest is Chris Bertish, a South African big-wave surfer, trans-Atlantic paddle boarder, speaker, and author. Among his many accomplishments, he won the 2010 Mavericks Big Wave Invitational surfing contest. He almost died that day, but he didn't let that minor detail stop him. In 2017 he completed a solo 4,700 mile, 93-day [...]

Shane Claiborne – Social Activist, Author, and Speaker

This episode’s guest is Shane Claiborne. Claiborne is what one would call a “cool” Christian. He’s the author of ten books and he has worked alongside Mother Teresa. He also served in Baghdad on the Iraqi Peace Team. Shane is the opposite of mega-church pastors with private jets and palace-like churches. He describes himself [...]

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Expert, Author, and Viral TED Speaker

This week's remarkable person is Sir Ken Robinson, professor emeritus of the University of Warwick and a British author who has excelled as a teacher, researcher, writer, and speaker. Acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of “the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation,” he also a member of the Thinkers 50 list [...]

How to Be a Remarkable Speaker

Have you ever wondered how you could be a remarkable speaker? When I started working at Apple in 1986 I was afraid of public speaking—for one thing, working for the division run by Steve Jobs was intimidating: “How could I possibly measure up to Steve?” But if you want to succeed as an evangelist [...]

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Leon Panetta: Former White House Chief of Staff, CIA Director, and Secretary of Defense

Welcome to Remarkable People. This week’s Remarkable Person is Leon Panetta. From humble beginnings to an impressive career as a public servant and politician. Leon Panetta is a remarkable American who has dedicated most of his life to public service. A son of Italian immigrants, his service to his country began in 1964 as [...]

Julie Packard: Philanthropist, Antithesis of a Trust-Fund Baby, and Environmental Role Model

Welcome to Remarkable People. This week’s Remarkable People podcast features a woman who fell in love with the Monterey Bay while studying science at U.C. Santa Cruz. On many dark, dank, and cold mornings, Julie Packard waded through the icy waters of the intertidal zone to study the plants and animals. She did this [...]

Shaun Tomson: Surfer, Code Maker, and Flow Evangelist

Meet Shaun Tomson, one of the greatest surfers of all time. Welcome to Remarkable People. This episode’s guest is Shaun Tomson: Surfer, Code Maker, and Flow Evangelist. A few years ago I was in the Apple store in Santa Barbara getting my son’s iPhone screen fixed. A guy came up to me and [...]

Steve Wozniak: Pirate, Co-founder of Apple, and Hardware Wizard

Steve Wozniak: The Wonderful Wizard of Woz Welcome to Remarkable People. This episode’s guest is Steve Wozniak, more commonly and intimately known as simply “Woz.” He is the co-founder of Apple, prankster, iconoclast, concert producer, Dancing with the Stars contestant, and college graduate. True or false? Woz is still an Apple employee. Keep [...]

Andrew Yang: Crazy Smart Asian and 2020 Presidential Hopeful

As recently as 2016 few people had heard of Andrew Yang. He had achieved success as a tech entrepreneur, but he wasn’t in the billionaire club like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates. But then he decided to run for the president of the United States. Everyone needs goals right? [...]

Arianna Huffington: Thriving, Redefining Success, and Creating a Life of Well-Being

Arianna Huffington: Risk-taker, Creator, and Sleep Advocator Welcome to Remarkable People. Are you interested in thriving, not merely surviving? This episode's remarkable person is Arianna Huffington. She is the queen of thriving--that elusive and seemingly oxymoronic combination of health, wealth, and happiness. She is the founder of the Huffington Post--duh. In 2016 she [...]