Guatemala Addendum

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Many people have asked me why I was in Guatemala. Here’s the answer. We adopted a baby boy! Soon we will be able to have a Kawasaki line when we play hockey (that’s five players for those not familiar with the sport).

Life doesn’t get much better than this…

You may see noticeably fewer postings for a while as I exercise my right to a paternity leave. πŸ™‚

By |2015-03-17T09:59:46+00:00April 19th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|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.


  1. Patrick Lor April 19, 2006 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Guy, Beth, and rest of the Kawasaki crew: Congratulations!! Now where do we buy size 1 baby skates??

  2. Peter T Davis April 19, 2006 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! Very cute photo.

  3. Thom G April 19, 2006 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! You already know this, but adoption is wonderful (as are children in general–most of the time).

  4. Larry Laks April 19, 2006 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Guy and Family,
    As a wise Hawaiian once said, Mozel Tov!

  5. alek April 19, 2006 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    WOW – BIG news on the personal front Guy – congrats to you and your family.

  6. Roger Pence April 19, 2006 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I’m a huge fan of yours. I wish you and your family the very best with your new addition.

  7. Kelly April 19, 2006 at 11:47 pm - Reply


  8. Faruk Ateş April 19, 2006 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    That’s great news! Congratulations Guy and family!
    I wish you all the happiness in the world with your new son. πŸ™‚

  9. Lech Ambrzykowski April 19, 2006 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! I wish you and your family all the best!

  10. ianus April 20, 2006 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Congratulations… Life will even get better than this.

  11. Alvin April 20, 2006 at 2:30 am - Reply

    What a noble thing to do! All the best in life! πŸ™‚

  12. LeRoy April 20, 2006 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Congratulations indeed. Best of wishes.

  13. walter April 20, 2006 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Congratulations !

  14. Krishna Sadasivam April 20, 2006 at 4:08 am - Reply

    Great photo of the Big Guy and the Little Guy – Congrats! πŸ™‚

  15. Charlie April 20, 2006 at 4:59 am - Reply

    Congratulations! That’s fantastic!

  16. Keith Howe April 20, 2006 at 5:07 am - Reply

    Sleep is for wimps. πŸ™‚ Best wishes.

  17. Sean Michael Murphy April 20, 2006 at 5:31 am - Reply

    That’s quite an addendum!

  18. HB April 20, 2006 at 6:34 am - Reply

    As the father of 3 (with a 4th on the way) I have to say … you must be crazy! ;)5 kids?! I wish you the best.

  19. Edgardo April 20, 2006 at 6:41 am - Reply

    A Guatemalan playing hockey… thats got to be a first. Come on Guy soccer!!! digo futbol!! Felicidades!!

  20. mtv200 April 20, 2006 at 6:56 am - Reply

    It is thus..Know not a few.

  21. Arata April 20, 2006 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Thats the best investment you can make for the future. Congratulations

  22. Claudio April 20, 2006 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Congratulations on the baby boy!
    Now you have one more reason for making this world a better place πŸ™‚

  23. Shelley Paulson April 20, 2006 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Congrats on your new addition – he looks like a keeper!
    Love your blog, by the way!

  24. Cathy April 20, 2006 at 7:37 am - Reply

    What a wonderful new addition to the family and the hockey world! Congratulations!

  25. Timothy Li April 20, 2006 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Go Team Kawasaki, Go

  26. Jake Kaldenbaugh April 20, 2006 at 7:43 am - Reply

    That’s awesome. Thank you for reminding us that life is not all work. Some of the best deals are done outside of the boardroom.

  27. zaxl April 20, 2006 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Great to have you in Guatemala! I hope you like it. Congrats for the adoption!
    Saludos desde Guatemala!

  28. Scott Gingold April 20, 2006 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Ironically, though Team Kawasaki’s newest member is very young, rumor has it that Pittsburgh and St. Louis have made overtures to them for a multi-player deal. I hope that they agree to talk as otherwise Gordon Bombay and the Mighty Ducks will be strapping on the skates again!
    Congrats Guy, as you are proving, the greatest wealth that we all have is family.

  29. Russ N. April 20, 2006 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Guy – congrats! This is GREAT news. As an adoptive father, I can agree life doesn’t get much better.
    Congrats again.

  30. Stacy Jo McDermott April 20, 2006 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Hearty congratulations to the Kawasaki team! Watch out SJ Sharks…;-)

  31. Lisa McGrath April 20, 2006 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Congrats & Best Wishes to the whole Kawasaki Team!

  32. Doug Hanna April 20, 2006 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Congratulations on the newest addition to your family. What’s his name?
    – Doug

  33. tim McClintock April 20, 2006 at 10:12 am - Reply


  34. Marv April 20, 2006 at 10:47 am - Reply

    That is great, congrats.

  35. Victoria Azarian April 20, 2006 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    hey guy,
    We met at a recent summit in San Franciso for Ogilvy. Congratulations! My husband and I are going through the Adoption process now and can’t wait to go to Armenia to meet our little girl.

  36. Lisa Mikulski April 20, 2006 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Hey Guy! Wow…Many Congrats. Cute photo. All the best to you and the family.

  37. Aaron Sagray April 20, 2006 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Congrats to you and your family. It takes a very big and special heart to adopt, and I commend you for that! I wish your family, and your new addition many years of health and happiness together.

  38. Devin Thorpe April 20, 2006 at 10:42 pm - Reply


  39. natalie April 20, 2006 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    What happy news! I spent a few months working in orphanages in Ecuador. It brings me so much joy to see that picture of you with your boy, knowing that he’s going to a happy home! Good for you. All the best to your family.

  40. Pete April 21, 2006 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Congratulations on your new baby boy Guy!
    We’re expecting our first: twin girls in June πŸ˜€

  41. Ed Buchholz April 21, 2006 at 5:53 am - Reply

    Congrats Guy!

  42. DUST!N April 21, 2006 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Congrats on the addition to the family and kudos to you, your wife, and your kids for your generosity to another life.
    My wife and I have both been to Guatemala on mission trips. The people there are extremely friendly, but the poverty in the area of Guatemala City we visited was eye-opening.
    Hope you picked up some jade jewelry for your wife in Antigua. Seems appropriate since it is a popular precious stone in Asia, but is also found in good supply (and high quality) in Guatemala.

  43. Rob April 21, 2006 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Hi Guy
    Congratulations. Our team love your blog.
    Just don’t make the kid raise venture capital for his first bike!

  44. Pops April 21, 2006 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Curious if you have any comments on the lynching in Sumpango, not far from Antigua…

  45. Carlos Gonzalez April 21, 2006 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Muchas Felicidades Mr. Kawasaki!

  46. Charlene Chong April 21, 2006 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Congratulations, to you and your family, Guy! Will the baby be starting a blog soon? Always nice to have the family’s perspective πŸ˜‰

  47. Benjamin April 21, 2006 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Go figure, I am such a fan and live in Guatemala and I guess i missed this chance for not reading blogs on time πŸ™‚

  48. Shaula Evans April 21, 2006 at 10:42 am - Reply

    So I wasn’t *so* far wrong when I guessed it was a start-up…who knew it would be a Kawasaki-family startup! Much, much better than my guess. πŸ™‚
    Congratulations, Guy, to you and your whole growing family.
    Enjoy your paternity leave and lots of baby and family fun.

  49. Tudor Tihan April 22, 2006 at 4:29 am - Reply

    Congratulations and I wish you have many many hockey games played together!
    That way we all win! πŸ˜‰

  50. Tracy Sheridan April 23, 2006 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Seiten no heki-reki!
    May his first words be “Kick Butt!” πŸ™‚
    Heartfelt congratulations to you and your family, Guy. My younger brother was adopted from Vietnam when he was three months old. He came home to three sisters and a brother – and I remember that day as if it were yesterday. Continued happiness…

  51. John C. Randolph April 23, 2006 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, and best wishes for your boy, his parents and his siblings.

  52. Donna Tocci April 24, 2006 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Congratulations! All the best for a lifetime of good health and laughter with your new son.

  53. Jonathan Dean April 24, 2006 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, man!

  54. Duncan April 24, 2006 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Cute kid. When will you start teaching him “return key” “option key” “right click” etc…? πŸ™‚

  55. Josh Weil April 25, 2006 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! My wife and I are in the process of adopting of a baby girl from China, hopefully we will be able to go over there in November.

  56. Ken Keller April 26, 2006 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Everyone else has already said, ‘congratulations’, so I’ll simply say that a line has three players.

  57. Guy Kawasaki April 26, 2006 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I’m from Hawaii–what did you expect?I’ll change to shift. Would that be right?

  58. Ken Keller April 27, 2006 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Sounds good — or they’re your power play.
    Of course, I’m a Canuck so I’m compelled to react to hockey references.
    In truth, most teams don’t think of all five players at once as you are only allowed to dress 19 players (including two goalies).
    That means four lines with five defencemen or three lines with three pairs and two spares (who could be parts of a fourth line with the star centre double-shifting).
    So, now I’ll say congratulations and I predict much happiness for the young lad and many years of bringing the good word.

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