The Art of the Start Video


An honest speaker will tell you that she has “on” days and “off” days. The result of a truly “on” day is a standing ovation. I had a very “on” day at TiECon on May 13, 2006. This is the annual meeting of The Indus Entrepreneur organization.

I’ve provided postings of audio and video of my speeches that covered the topics of innovation and evangelism, but this is the first one of “The Art of the Start.” It’s the first one, frankly, because I’ve been waiting until I did it very—standing ovation—well.

Here are the PowerPoint slides that I was using that day. By the way, I am wearing an Anne Namba vest in this video. This is the company that makes the world’s most expensive Aloha shirts.

Here is the video in MP4 format in case you can’t use Google Video.

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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. Alain Thys June 22, 2006 at 1:34 am - Reply

    I’m by now halfway through, yet just wanted to let you know you definitely were having an “on” day … great speech !

  2. Andreas June 22, 2006 at 3:03 am - Reply

    Guy, just want to let you know that the link to the slides is broken. I will listen to your speech this afternoon…

  3. Ralf June 22, 2006 at 3:16 am - Reply

    I read your book and it is a great source of inspiration. Seeing you on stage is much more energizing so thank you very much for making this movie available!
    PS: Download of the PPT works with this link
    Thanks for the feedback. And for the correct link! Just fixed.

  4. russ stalters June 22, 2006 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Great keynote! And you were right. I did not get to see Schwarzenegger’s speech but I cannot imagine him providing as much valuable information as you did in your 60 compressed to 39 minutes. Thanks for sharing this valuable example of how to captivate an audience.

  5. Ignacio Correas June 22, 2006 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Great presentation, both in content and style! This could be a good material to show at the beginning of every MBA 😉

  6. Scott Burkett June 22, 2006 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Great presentation, Guy.
    The link to your slides is broken, BTW. Doh!
    Thanks! Just fixed the link.

  7. Ed Buchholz June 22, 2006 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Great presentation Guy. I love how you made cracks about all sides, Apple, M$, Republicans, Democrats… Guy Kawasaki, equal opportunity chider.
    Yup, everything is fair game! 🙂

  8. Mike Wyman June 22, 2006 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Try this URL to get the slides:
    Yes, thanks. Just fixed.

  9. David Yeo June 22, 2006 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Hey Guy, It was an excellent speech, I totally enjoyed it. Prior to listening to you, I wrote on my blog about creating value with my products for my customers and not bunch of fluff. I thought you said it all so well in one word – “Meaningful”. The business proposition got to be meaningful to people’s lives. Thnx!

  10. Cecilia June 22, 2006 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Fantastic stuff – cheered me up massively today! Thanks Guy for making sure all the Bozos can now be easily detected!

  11. Bartek from Poland June 22, 2006 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Absolutely amazing! I love it!

  12. ann michael June 22, 2006 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Thank you for putting that on your blog – it’s an amazing resource (and I already have the book – now maybe I’ll read it!).
    They should’ve let you keep going (although it looked like they were going to get physical toward the end – bah you could take ’em!).
    I’m off to write my mantra – Ciao
    Someday TIE will figure out that I’m good enough to have a keynote session. This wasn’t a “main session.” For that, you have to be either the governor or the CEO of a big company.
    Alas, I’m under-utilized…woe is me. 🙂

  13. Jaimie June 22, 2006 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Great speech thanks for posting it. Looks like you were having fun which I’m sure helps have an “on” day.
    Oh nice watch, I’m a watch junkie, same as Richard Branson wears from time to time.
    Thanks. I have a new Breitling. It’s the latest Aerospace. I like it because the digital readout is now back lit!

  14. Khurram Masood June 22, 2006 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Wow Guy you were on fire! That was a rock star performance. I’m gonna organize a screening of this video at my college public speaking society.
    Bold, witty and entertaining to the core. I’m convinced, you’re a master at public speaking Guy!

  15. Shmuel June 22, 2006 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Guy, that was wonderful. I just made all of my employees watch that! I think you should be careful not to pronounce nuclear the way that you did. (I am a pedant)

  16. Red June 22, 2006 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Nothing like that fresh sheet of ice (errr… company).
    The early point about making meaning (although a hard phrase to say/parse) is a key one. Given that VC pitches have “standardized” on a format (15 minutes, 10 slides, 30pt font, $100M in 5years, “exit events”) the differentiation comes from the meaning and the presenter’s honest belief in that meaning.
    Great talk!

  17. Sten June 22, 2006 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Great talk Guy !
    I’m really impressed by your performance.

  18. Dave Notik June 22, 2006 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Great talk, very engaging, and humorous. I finished your book a few months ago and I think it’s excellent. I myself just launched what I hope will become my magnum opus, Woven. I follow your blog and hope to continue the conversation. 🙂

  19. Love it! June 22, 2006 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Love it! Pure Kawasaki!

  20. Smittie June 22, 2006 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Absolutely the most entertaining video I’ve watched in weeks. Guy Kawasaki is the master of public speaking. It was good all the way through but it really got good at the point where the angry little man told Guy he had four minutes.
    “What are you gonna do, not invite me back?”
    Someday I’m actually going to figure out how to implement everything Guy says and start my own business.

  21. William Chao June 22, 2006 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Great speech Guy. Do you think that the your delivery of the speech was enhanced by the time constraint? Because of having 40 minutes as opposed to your customary hour, the speech was more rapid-fire and thus carried more intensity?

  22. Dr. Aini Murni June 22, 2006 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Just curious, can I download the video so that I can watch it again and again. I love to watch your presentation, FANTASTIC.
    Good job, Guy

  23. alek June 22, 2006 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    For those that don’t listen to the very end of this excellent presentation, Guy basically says his family is worth a Billion dollars using a real-world example when he had a shot of being CEO of Yahoo … very classy comment.

  24. Michael Price June 22, 2006 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    If you would like to download the video, google has options for doing so. Just go to and do a search on Guy Kawasaki. Its the first video on the list. The iPod version is an mpg.4 that will be a second generation compression, so it won’t look that great, but it will work.

  25. PP June 22, 2006 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Invigorating speech! I found your site a couple months ago when I was looking for public speaking tips for a work presentation I was giving. I was suprised to find more interesting information than I expected. I work as a civil/enviromental engineer designing wastewater facilities at a public works agency. I always dream about one day trying to venture out on my own and work for myself and family. Thanks for all the education and inspiration that you provide on your site.

  26. Pamela Slim June 22, 2006 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    You woke me up with your presentation! It was so fun to see you speak and to hear you personally explain what you cover in the Art of the Start. I am somewhat of a presentation junkie (for good presenters anyway) and I delighted at seeing your unpretentious, informative and humorous style at work. Since I have been working from home for more than a year now to take care of my baby, I had a pang of “worksickness” as I remembered what it was like to be in a room full of interested and fired up people. The video got me close!
    I did cringe for awhile there as you explained the dreaded “faciliator” that helped create crappy mission statements. Thank God I am not telling people to “fall back” anymore or covering my hands in 5 shades of permanent marker. In fairness, not ALL offsites are meaningless, but I do heartily endorse the “mantra” vs. the “mission.”
    I wanted to track back to this post on my blog … did you turn off trackbacks? If so, I’ll just include the permalink.
    Thanks for firing me up to write for a few more hours tonight. How nice to witness passion and heart in business.

  27. Morgan June 22, 2006 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Excellent speech. Slightly different from the 2005 version though, but you spoke with more clarity.

  28. Guruh Roy June 22, 2006 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Fantastic, good job from you

  29. Carlo June 23, 2006 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Hi Guy, altought I wasn’t able to fully understand your speech, too fast and with some words I couldn’t catch, let me congratulate to you for your stunning presentation. It was nice to listen to all the interesting things you blogged here in the last few months (10-20-30 rule, bozosity, and so on), along with your personal decisions. If more CEOs would act like you, I think that the job for more employees would be really much better.
    Thanks again.
    Greetings from Italy!

  30. Andrew June 23, 2006 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Great speech as always Guy.
    I thought that you were a true gentleman who showed grace under fire. And I also thought it was pathetic and shortminded that the people running the conference were more interested in keeping to their schedule than keeping their audience entertained and informed.
    Would it have killed the guy to let you finish in a relaxed, professional, mannor?
    Well done again,

  31. Harry Chong June 23, 2006 at 7:26 am - Reply

    That was an awesome presentation!

  32. Jon Cantin June 23, 2006 at 8:38 am - Reply

    What turned a routine presentation into an exceptional engagement was the guy who kept reminding you of how long you have left or ran over the time. A synergy between the two of you developed in which the audience was rooting for you while the conference heads where “against” you. The tug of war that developed especially around the end couldn’t have been better conceived 😉
    What I liked most was the confidence you showed in the situation because of your position in life (financial & personal). You are not some speaker who NEEDS the presentation to pay down his mortgage, you are there because you WANT to be there. This differentiates you from many of the “professional speakers” out there whose income and self esteem come from the presentation while for you, it is probably treated as a bonus.
    Jon Cantin
    Founder of
    Free & Anonymous Health Monitoring

  33. Sun Bon June 23, 2006 at 8:44 am - Reply

    It was sickening to see the organizers literally push you off the stage. Geez, you were only a few minutes behind schdules, just chill out. Conferences are usually expected to behind schedule and many organizers realize that. What a stupid group of people!

  34. Sabine Cretella June 23, 2006 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Hi Guy,
    I believe this speech is a 100% you – it is what comes through when I read your book(s).
    … and to all readers: what do you wait for – get the link to the speech out to the world 🙂 maybe, if everyone (well … many …) listen to it we will really be able to make the world a better place.
    Ahhh … now you are wondering who says this 🙂 nobody special, it’s just me 🙂

  35. L June 23, 2006 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Guy! You are AWESOME, simply awesome.
    You inspired me, and I won’t forget you when we go public 😉
    Thank you for such a useful talk!

  36. Chip June 24, 2006 at 12:47 am - Reply

    wow. you changed my life 12 times in under 40 minutes. I’m adding you to my list of heros. Thanks for being you! -and sharing your awesomeness with the world.
    ~ chip

  37. Jürgen Eixelsberger June 24, 2006 at 2:16 am - Reply

    Power Point slides? Is Guy Kawasaki not using Apples’ Keynote?
    Anyway, great speech!
    Only people with little to say need a lot of special effects. 🙂

  38. Lance June 24, 2006 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Just a suggestion: perhaps you should take out the issue of not being able to program the clock on a VCR as an example of why you need to flatten the learning curve in order to to have a workable entrepeneurial idea/product that people will buy.
    Maybe I’m wrong but, I didn’t think the inability of folks to set the clock on their VCRs really stiffled the market for VCRs. Did it?
    I see an awful lot of VCRs in people’s houses – despite the fact that they are all blinking “12:00” all day, every day.
    Great speech, though!

  39. Roger Dodger June 24, 2006 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Guy, do you have any plans to release your books as books on tape? I do a lot of driving and am always looking for a good book to listen to while I am on the road. If you haven’t looked into this yet, I think it would be a great idea.

  40. John C. Randolph June 24, 2006 at 10:54 am - Reply

    While I’m sure it hurts to have turned down Yahoo, let’s not forget that many, many other opportunities come up that turn out to be companies that contribute to the infant mortality stats for new ventures. There’s no way to know which one of a thousand .coms is going to turn out to be Google or Ebay.
    Yeah, but $2 billion is still $2 billion. 🙂

  41. Steve June 24, 2006 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Great stuff. I watched it on my 23inch lcd tv via Apple’s frontrow. I’ll have to ‘borrow’ the light bulb jokes.
    All the best,
    – Steve

  42. Stephen Murray June 24, 2006 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Just watched this after coming home from the pub and 5 pints of Guinness.
    Verdict? Fanf**kingtastic!

  43. Glendon June 24, 2006 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Would do you always downplay MBAs in your speech? We worked hard at our MBAs and we learnt a lot from our degree. It is so depressing to see you always bashing MBAs in your presentations.

  44. John C. Randolph June 24, 2006 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    HIndsight is tunnel vision. 😉

  45. Mike Abundo June 25, 2006 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Awesome! I’m surrounded by masses of luddite bozos in my country. I am so throwing this in their faces!

  46. Jim Forbes June 25, 2006 at 7:09 am - Reply

    I have five Chinese silk brocaid vests. My then 80 year old Mom made them for me for the Demo shows.My personal favorite is the one with gold dragons, red lions on dark blue rich silk.
    Go get’ em, Guy.

  47. Edwin Khodabakchian June 25, 2006 at 7:37 am - Reply

    I read the book and I loved it but this has a different level of intensity in it. This is a must watch for any enterpreneur who is preparing a VC pitch.
    41 McCormick Lane

  48. Jeff Payne June 25, 2006 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Wonderful speech! It reminds me of what Nick Morgan said in his book, Working The Room: “The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.” Thanks Guy!
    Jeff Payne

  49. YeahRight June 25, 2006 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Very nice lecture, except for the part where you say you don’t care about returns but rather look for “meaning”.
    That sounds like the ramblings of a rich VC, but when it comes down to it, you’re not going to invest in meaning if you don’t think you’ll get a 10x return

  50. paul June 25, 2006 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Can you make this available in QuickTime (mp4, mov, etc.)?
    My Comcast connection is so bad I can’t stream it. I’m trying to download it using Google video, but it’s not working so well, and I really don’t want to have YA video player.
    Why can’t Google just make a codec for QuickTime (like Flip4Mac did for WMV). Real, are you listening?

  51. Greg Daniluk June 25, 2006 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I think that the second billion it still before you. Believe me. Be aware of people who say something different, they are hidden bozos 😉

  52. Kylark June 25, 2006 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you for posting video of this speech! I’m not an entrepreneur but I really enjoyed it.

  53. Ryan Petersen June 25, 2006 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Hey Guy/team,
    Google Video is not yet available in China (and probably other countries). If you could post this in a downloadable format, you would gain much appreciation on this side of the pacific!
    Ryan Petersen

  54. Vivek Bhargava June 26, 2006 at 2:54 am - Reply

    guy – i have heard so much about his speech from so many different people – that i had to see it. You need to give this in downloable format. Even though i am on a wifi in a london hotel (which is assume is better than our connections in India) – still the video pauses every 5 seconds.

  55. Jesper Bram June 26, 2006 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Great performance, Guy.
    Just as inspiring as when I saw you at Reboot in Copenhagen almost eight years ago.
    Still using the light bulb joke I see. 😉

  56. Steve Mertz June 26, 2006 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Guy as an entrepreneur I loved your presentation and jotted notes…as a professional speaker I was distracted by language that would offend someone in the audience. You wasted the first 7 minutes of your presentation warming up-after that you were on fire!

  57. valli bindana June 26, 2006 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I was there and it was electrifying! And I also saw you leave the auditorium with a huge grin… you enjoyed it it as much as everyone did, didn’t you?

  58. Mary Beth June 26, 2006 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    thanks guy – you helped me remember what I most liked about my job and why I felt like I was missing something…. that part of it has changed. It was that whole evangelist/change the world part. Apparently gone. Guess I learned what to look for in the next gig. (I work to support my real passion…)

  59. lpmm June 26, 2006 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Dear Ryan Petersen,
    I’m in China, and I can see this video, although the speed is too slow.
    I can only see the start right now.
    Hey Guy/team,
    Google Video is not yet available in China (and probably other countries). If you could post this in a downloadable format, you would gain much appreciation on this side of the pacific!
    Ryan Petersen

  60. Italian guy. June 27, 2006 at 3:22 am - Reply

    YOU really “make meaning”.
    Thank You Guy.

  61. Simon June 27, 2006 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I am an accountant / dont have an MBA – how would I create business ideas?
    Great talk.

  62. Brian June 27, 2006 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I didn’t get the point that you were making about the washing machines in the hotel. Were you saying that the hotel was doing the right thing because they knew that they personally wouldn’t use a laundry service? Or, were you saying they were wrong because nobody would want to do their own laundry in a hotel?

  63. jf June 28, 2006 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    What comes through besides your insight & humor is your humanity & genuine concern for helping others. God Bless.

  64. Eric Casaburi June 28, 2006 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Mr. Kawasaki,
    THANK YOU! I received copy of your vid feed via one of my franchisees. I am growing a brand new Fitness Center Franchise here on the East Coast, and your talk was not only entertaining, and informative, but it splashed a bit of “umph” in my entrepreneurial spirits. I instinctively grabbed a pen and scratch paper and took several pages of notes that I truly believe will be useful to my company and its growth. YOURE AWESOME!

  65. Nancy Brito June 29, 2006 at 4:42 am - Reply

    Thanks Guy!
    I’m from Portugal and I saw your presentation via google. It’s been long since I’ve experienced such an inspiring speech. I also took notes while listening to you. You made me smile and you made me believe in myself more. Thanks and I LOVE TECHNOLOGY!

  66. Chris July 1, 2006 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Truly Inspiring, Thanks for doing what you do.

  67. Manage To Change July 1, 2006 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    The Art of the Start and My Authentic Story

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  68. Boasso on Business July 1, 2006 at 1:59 pm - Reply


    I had the great ego stroke of appearing at the Software Business Transformation Summit, and I keep coming back to Guy’s “Don’t do better sameness.” I’ve been preaching that about SaaS: “Think different” & “Listen to your customers.” These are critica…

  69. Alvin July 2, 2006 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Awesome speech Guy! I love the way you present, with such authority, honesty, passion, humour and attitude.

  70. Steve Nguyen July 2, 2006 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Guy: You were awesome. I’m not a business person, only an Apple/Mac fanatic. Your speech was personal and funny and honest. Really enjoyed it.

  71. Patrick July 3, 2006 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Awesome! Anyone who has been to a Guy Kawasaki keynote knows he is going to go over his time limit. Drives the coordinators nuts, but the crowd just loves it.

  72. E.Augstkalns July 4, 2006 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you, this was great!
    More information, than in two day seminar.

  73. Christopher July 4, 2006 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    … truly underutilized.
    Your passion is infectious! And, your information is mind-blowing.
    Who knew that one’s life could be changed for the better in as little as forty minutes.
    Thanks for the infection.

  74. Coches España July 5, 2006 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Why do you repeat the same presentation every single time?
    Because I am a one-trick pony. Why does Sting always sing An Englishman in NY?

  75. Eric Corl July 6, 2006 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Guy, I can’t imagine that every speech for you isn’t “standing ovation well”. I saw you speak in Columbus, OH and you were one of the best presenters I’ve ever seen. Keep up the good work!

  76. Ancora Imparo July 7, 2006 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Art of the Start

    One of the better books I have read in recent months is Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start. Although

  77. Rich July 9, 2006 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Guy – do ever speak to MBA students at their Business School?
    Quite often, why?

  78. Rich July 9, 2006 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Well, I’m a grad student at Babson currently (which is known for its entrepreneurship program).
    And I loved the joke on MBAs and consultants
    Would love to hear you speak at Babson so you can infect the thinking at one of the top entreprenurial MBA programs.
    About 10 years I lived in the valley and the first time I heard your words was that infamous graduation top 10 speech.
    Glad you have a blog now…

  79. Rich July 10, 2006 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I forwarded this video on to my MBA class and at least a dozen people told me how great this speech was. At first they saw it was 40 mins and almost forgot about it — but after 2 mins of listening, they were hooked and watched the whole thing and almost watched it again!
    Seriously…you need to visit our MBA program and infect those MBAs you make fun of with more of your thinking!!

  80. Sevenline internetiturundus July 11, 2006 at 4:59 am - Reply

    The Art of the Start video

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  81. Paul Elosegui July 11, 2006 at 9:20 am - Reply

    it is almost ten years since I first heard your bootstrapping, art of the start talk. Do you really have off days ?
    Thanks for sharing

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  83. Joseph Fung July 13, 2006 at 3:10 am - Reply

    Its rare that I sit through web videos that are longer than 5 minutes, but I found that yours was spot on. I’ve forwarded the link to a few colleagues. Really enjoyed the prologue about the early Apple II vs Mac days at Apple. Brought back some memories.
    Best regards,

  84. Michael Bayler July 13, 2006 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Inspired to send you this link to some writing on The Age of Meaning that I did a while back – hope it hits you with a % of the same joy that your speaking did to me!
    It’s at:

  85. July 19, 2006 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki – Art of the Start

    Guy Kawasaki did a book called Art of the Start. He posts about that in his blog as well.
    This time, however, he has a video out. Both instructional and entertaining.
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  86. Ahmed Hashim July 19, 2006 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Great presentation. I’m currently an undergrad at Babson (majoring in enterpreneurship), and I’ve forwarded this video to a lot of my colleagues and hope that they will get the message. Having had some experience with VC’s, I’ve also discussed this with my so called “entrepreneurship firm” that I’m a part of, and we’re definitely implementing some of the ideas you talked about into our operating structure.
    Keep it up!

  87. Jase July 20, 2006 at 9:30 am - Reply


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  88. Ravi Jayagopal July 20, 2006 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    I am a huge fan of yours, and I was simply blown away by your video, and posted it on my blog, and I have gotten more responses to your video than I’ve gotten for my own content 🙂
    However, I did want to share with you one very surprising (but funny) opinion of a user, who obviously knows frighteningly little English, but still very unapologetically slams you for a lot of things, including your choice of words (“adigitives”, the person writes).
    Here’s a snippet: The person writes:
    “I am stunned. If you wast an oppinion, I of this speaker I am going to give it to you.
    “He Sucks” Yes I am surprised you use him as an example of your traing.
    Here are my reasons.
    He reads from his notes
    He gets laughs by puting people down.
    He snipes other companies.
    His choice of adigitives is crude…

    No, I’m not slamming my own visitor. I’m just trying to point out that everyone does have an opinion, even if they truly have no right to one at times 😉
    Read the rest at:
    (or click on my name above).
    Thanks for sharing your amazing wisdom and terrific insights.
    Ravi Jayagopal

  89. freitasm July 22, 2006 at 2:33 am - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki Art of Start: standing ovation

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    Pflichtvideo, Plichtlektre

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  91. Thomas Schimana July 24, 2006 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Thanks Guy!
    Awesome speech. A perfect presentation with fun, love and passion!

  92. Denis M. July 28, 2006 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Wow, cool!

  93. Dave Dugdale July 29, 2006 at 7:37 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to see you speak at PubCon 2006!
    Great video. My wife liked it too.

  94. M. Barlow July 30, 2006 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Great presentation! Was a little intimidated by the size of the file, but watched the whole thing and enjoyed every minute.

  95. confessions and misdemeanors August 1, 2006 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    What’s It All About?

    I took a few moments to watch Guy Kawasaki’s “The Art of the Start Video”, recorded at TiECon, during the annual meeting for The Indus Entrepreneur organization and felt a jolt of recognition right from the start. His comments turned

  96. Laurie Clemans August 1, 2006 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Wise content. We were knee-deep marketing for frenzied tech start-ups back in the day and one by one–watched ’em tank. Seeing confusion and a déjà Vu greed-glow coming off the latest crop. I hope you won’t mind if I quote you. Maybe some can be pulled back from the abyss! To make meaning is the key.

  97. James Schramko August 3, 2006 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Excellent speech. Thank you for saving me the air fare. You have added great value by making this public. Well done.

  98. prlinkbiz August 4, 2006 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Love this video- great abbreviated version of the book- while making all the important points- and fun to watch as well! Posting a link today, as part of my “How I should have read Art of the Start first”- (aka: my bass ackawards business start up)!

  99. SuperHappyCoder : Akshay Luther's Blog August 4, 2006 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Add another genius to the list

  100. frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger August 5, 2006 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Filling up my Clix

    I’ve been putting some stuff onto my new toy,
    the iRiver Clix.
    I put on some of my
    favourite music,…

  101. The Messaging Times August 6, 2006 at 10:54 am - Reply

    What Good Presenters Do Get Audiences on Their Side

    MUCH OF PUBLIC SPEAKING SUCCESS comes down to really common sense practice. But achieving common sense is difficult when, as Seth Godin points out, we have numerous habitual reflexes which guide us. Breaking habits is difficult. Coffee every morning? S…

  102. Nicolas August 7, 2006 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Your presentation is great. I think I’ve listen to it about 3 times because there’s so much in it.
    I’ve been looking for your book in Thailand but I guess it’s not arrived yet.
    A good example of polarizing product is marmite.
    So polarizing that their mantra is:
    love it or hate it.
    Here is the website:

  103. Anne August 9, 2006 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Being probably amongst the youngest of your audience I was truely inspired. I always had the vague feeling that things should be done in a much simpler way and you just confirmed it in those fascinating 40 minutes. I learned a lot! Thanks!

  104. charvi August 10, 2006 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Today, I first come here,Kavasaki.I think i can not make you nervous.
    Hope we make friends!

  105. Aadil Bandukwala August 23, 2006 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Dear Guy,
    Ammazing! I was blown away by your presentation – The Art of the Start. Im a first generation entrepreneur and your presentation has totally changed my perspective towards running a start up company. Cheers to the good times ahead!
    Entrepreneurially yours,
    Aadil Bandukwala.

  106. Exbiblio Blog - The Story of a Startup August 25, 2006 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Great Presentation on Start-Ups

    Guy Kawasaki reflects on lessons learned as a member of the original Mac team and as a venture capitalist tired of listening to lame presentations in this entertaining video presentation.
    I enjoy the teasing about MBAs and executive retreats as well as…

  107. Jean-Pierre August 26, 2006 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Hello Guy
    I am a french entrepreneur. I have been very impressed by the effectiveness of your speech.
    Only what is absolutely necessary to start and be sucessful. I have just started to read your book and I can’t leave it even to eat ! I think your book would have to be translated in french. Thank you.

  108. Cbk Menon August 28, 2006 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Very candid and impressive video.
    It is really nice of you to post such videos, which, i am sure, is helping lot of people.
    Keep on posting more such stuffs.

  109. August 29, 2006 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Top 10 Best Presentations Ever

    Top 10 Best Presentations Ever: “Recently I love to watch conference and presentation videos online, where I learned the materials, and different peoples presentation style. KnowHR has composed 10 Presentations that they consider the best. All of p

  110. Sten Pittet - Web thinker August 31, 2006 at 2:33 am - Reply

    10 Questions before launching a web project on an existing website

    1. Why am I doing this ?
    Thats the first question I should ask myself. Is there a good reason for me to spend hours and work hard on a specific project ? If not then I just should not do it because Ill be wasting time on doing a thing tha…

  111. Bob September 6, 2006 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Your speech has great value and few people can do it. Thank you for the contribution, I am sure you will change lots of people’s life path, including me. Thank you!

  112. LICAS Digital Blog September 10, 2006 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki ROCKS!

    If you’re an entrepreneur, you have to check out Guy Kawasaki. Watch this video – it’s one of the most valuable presentations you will ever have the privilege of viewing (and it’s free!). While you’re there, check out the main

  113. Vinu Shankar G September 12, 2006 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Your ‘art of the start’ presentation is one of the best speeches I have ever seen.
    Really inspiring!

  114. David September 12, 2006 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Great Speech. A lot of good info.

  115. eucap September 23, 2006 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    For Great Innovation Do Not Follow the Money

    Both Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki, doyens of entrepreneurship, agree that great innovation is seldom achieved by pursuing revenue streams. Nor does Peter Drucker centre on money in his guide to the practice of innovation. Advice that rubs against any…

  116. Kevin's Blog2EndAllBlogs Blog September 25, 2006 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    The Art Of The Start


  117. André Hedetoft September 30, 2006 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Guy. I love you enthusiasm!
    I love the way you manage to inspire people. Keep the good work up!
    André Hedetoft
    Just created a game where you get to play with my real life over at

  118. ISerializable - Roy Osherove's Blog September 30, 2006 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Top 10 Best Presentations Ever

    A friend sent this to me the other day, and I thought it’d be a good link to have here to follow up on

  119. Francisco Balart October 16, 2006 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Guy, I have 1000 things to do, but I could not resist watching your video. CONGRATULATIONS! I’m writing an immediate email to all my team.
    F Balart

  120. Schnelles Lesen October 21, 2006 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I study in Germany commercial law, and can tell you, that I’ve learned more from your video and book, than from my professors and their books.
    Thanx a lot. Sometimes I ask my self why I have to study those boring theoretical books that do not have any relations with the real world.
    Schnelles Lesen.
    Why thinks! Go on the Autobahn and take a car to 280 kph for me.

  121. Andrew Newman October 24, 2006 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Wow, what an influential performance. The speech was very well organized and I would just like to add that it gave me great motivation to perform my speech in business class. (marketing)

  122. Richard.H's Blog November 7, 2006 at 11:44 am - Reply

    4 good speeches to recommend

    I just cant stop watching or listening every time when I randomly click to a speech. Recently I have found a few new, and also great, ones and would like to share with you.
    1. The art of the start – by Guy Kawasaki
    2. Steve Jobs Stanford Comme…

  123. Bootstrapping Joe November 11, 2006 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    The Art of the Start-Guy Kawasaki

    Guy Kawasaki has some very interesting things to say. Check out his article on bootstrapping.. Its more geared towards larger ventures (bootstrapping as an alternative to Venture Capital) and towards High Tech, but interesting nonetheless.

  124. The YouBlog November 15, 2006 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Don’t Sell the Sizzle OR the Steak

    ADVERTISING HAS LONG TOLD US “Sell the sizzle, not the steak.” And that IS an improvement over just blathering on about the features of your offering. But if you REALLY want to get through to whomever you’re trying to influence,

  125. Ramon Thomas November 18, 2006 at 12:55 am - Reply

    An excellent video and thanks for making the presentation available for download. Right now in entrepreneurial life I was feeling helpless and uncertain about where to go from here. You’ve given me the inspiration to continue, to slog it out, to fight the good fight, to change the South Africa, the way I’ve always dreamed about.

  126. Teddy Hwang November 19, 2006 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I gotta be honest. I didn’t know what was the big deal with you till I watched that video. That was an awesome speech and you have a great sense of wit and humor. Great job!

  127. Lily November 23, 2006 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    I do like to put forward one site that you can download kinds of software. offers services including software search, downloads, store, directory, and so on.

  128. YingSean December 7, 2006 at 2:59 am - Reply

    This is a great speech. After hearing this speech, it urge me to buy your book and find out more about The art of the start..
    Now i am reading your book..
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  129. Romulus' Blog December 12, 2006 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Make meaning. Make a mantra. Make different.

    A great video from Guy Kawasaki (Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures) that any entrepreneur shouldnt miss.

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  131. Warren Stevens December 14, 2006 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Absolutely Brilliant !!! Arguably the best speech on entrepreneurship ever.

  132. Timothy Chan December 29, 2006 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Great presentation… very practical, yeah, like your motto. The fact that, Guy, you are very candid and honest about what you said is certainly worth anyone’s time to watch this video. Well, Guy, like you , I wish that someday, sometime, our hindsights (our mistakes, and lessons from such mistakes) could be someone’s foresights, so that in some way it could make a differences in what they do.

  133. Daniel January 7, 2007 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Wow, awesome speech. I really needed to see that!

  134. HIMANSHU January 12, 2007 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Truly a very good speech.This shows that experience is more important than just bookish knowledge.
    Also,this could be adopted by some of the MBA’s or consultants 🙂

  135. Pablo DiCiacco January 16, 2007 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    How did you manage to have your blog attach itself as a popup in firefox to the megaupload site?

  136. Jon January 18, 2007 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I bought the book on Amazon and I loved it. The video is great, too.

  137. Dmitry Malenko - Thinking ahead January 20, 2007 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki

  138. Manav January 27, 2007 at 12:04 am - Reply

    One thing which was stand out in your presentation. U walk across the bridge and be on the same side in first 60 sec. That is great. Very practical and thought provoking. Disruptive at times. But the message is clear.
    Good stuff.

  139. Krassimir Gadjokov January 30, 2007 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    I just found one more very good addition to your “Art of the Start” “bozacity” list 🙂
    “Everything that can be invented has been invented”
    Charles H. Duell, U.S. Commissioner of Patents, said in 1899
    Cna you be more “bozo” than this guy?

  140. Cliff Lui February 6, 2007 at 6:32 am - Reply

    This is now mandatory viewing for my executive team. Damm that was good.

  141. Greg February 8, 2007 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Guy (standing ovation) can I say more?
    Ahhhh “Providing Flood Protection”
    Great montra huh
    From a fellow ice hocky nut from the sacramento area Redwood City Rink was a great place to play when I was a kid to bad you guys always beat us.
    Greg P.

  142. Hdr February 9, 2007 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    You’re a great speaker.

  143. neunzehn72 February 11, 2007 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki: The Art of the Start

    Viele kennen diese Rede bestimmt. Ich bin erst vor kurzem durch den Tipp eines Kollegen darauf gestoßen und bin wirklich begeistert. The Art of the Start von Guy Kawasaki

  144. Eric Shannon February 16, 2007 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Guy, this is my 10th year running my internet startup and i still find your 10 points relevant, insightful and motivational. I’m working on brand identity, brand promise etc and launching a new business – this is great stuff. Just what the doctor ordered. Thanks!!

  145. Alexander Alvarez February 21, 2007 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Guy, I’ve got it. The next worlds leading company. Thanks for some inspiration. Im going to change the world!

  146. Sudeep Khanal February 22, 2007 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    hey guy,you r a great speaker and inspirer.You have great contribution in changing someone life who hears you ,so i solute u.

  147. March 3, 2007 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Interview Gabriele Gruber, TCC Berlin

    Bei Business Beer in der Faltin-Villa habe ich mit Frau Gruber vom TCC Berlin gesprochen und sie gefragt, wie das TCC Berlin Grnder untersttzt und wie sich Grnder an das TCC wenden knnen.
    Toll, dass es solche Institu…

  148. March 3, 2007 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki Vortrag the art of the start

    Guy Kawasaki hielt diese Keynote auf der TiECon Konferenz im Mai 2006. Das ist das jhrliche Meeting der The Indus Entrepreneur-Organisation. In dieser Keynote stellt er 10 Grnde fr erfolgreiche Startups vor. Wer sein Buch the art of t…

  149. mahesh March 5, 2007 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Hey Guy
    re: your video: art of the start..
    a quick note to say how much i benefited by watching this video..its worth watching a couple of hundred times..and i intend to do so..only prob i am unable to download the video…
    possible to send it by email??
    cheers mahesh

  150. helen pacheco vilcapuma March 16, 2007 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    well i think it’s important movie and explanations for doing an interesting and exciting movie.
    (a reporter)

  151. Alex G March 27, 2007 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you. Just what I needed to hear. I’ll test your points and let you know how it goes.
    Great presentation, they should have given you an hour!

  152. Rhon Daguro March 30, 2007 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Fabulous. Were you even conscious or were you having that Matrix moment? Great Job.

  153. minikperi April 7, 2007 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks! Just fixed the link.

  154. Dmitry Malenko - Thinking ahead April 8, 2007 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Guy Kawasaki

  155. Hannes April 15, 2007 at 5:14 am - Reply

    great speech!!!

  156. Terri in Tokyo May 3, 2007 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    thanks so much. this speech is exactly what I needed to see, at just the right moment.

  157. Console.Write(this.Opinion) May 6, 2007 at 10:02 am - Reply

    A arte de empreender

    A arte de empreender

  158. ReadyTalk Blog May 23, 2007 at 7:03 am - Reply

    The future of CRM with and Google, together, made the front page of the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Good timing with their Developer Conference which was also held yesterday and I was a fortunate attendee. is not saying anythin…

  159. joszkolandia May 30, 2007 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Sztuka rozpoczynania

    Jak kiedyś stwierdził premier Leszek Miller (i zapewne nigdy nie zostanie mu to zapomniane) – mężczyznę poznaje się po tym jak kończy. Jednak warto zwrócić także uwagę na to jak się rozpoczyna
    Niedawno interesowałem się zakładani…

  160. Paul anderson August 5, 2007 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I found the philosophy of success he suggests to resonate with how things really should be done.

  161. Mitesh Rami September 7, 2007 at 4:41 am - Reply

    hey man you speak so well.. Hats off to you.
    Its just the best speech on entrepreneurship i have ever heard.

  162. mitesh September 7, 2007 at 4:48 am - Reply

    definately a Great presentation
    very well done – both in content and style..
    Keep it up

  163. leo September 16, 2007 at 1:49 am - Reply

    mostly time I found blog but I naver gain lots of information but this blog have lots of important information abt this and I got lots of imformation on it . Thanks

  164. The Reverend Everett L. Kilgo September 22, 2007 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I was googling “video presentations” in hopes of finding some information that would help me to freshen my presentations in worship. The search engine gave me your blog and suddenly a light came on. A few months back while reading Entrepreneur magazine, there was a section featuring YOU talking about start-ups and related venture capital issues. You were brutal, blunt and I now think: dead on point. That article stayed with me. It may seem strange that a churchmen would be interested in entrepreneurial subject matter, but I have an entrepreneurial and evangelical soul (and by the latter I don’t mean the denomination! lol). My church is a start-up to which I am attempting to apply solid yet “fluid” business practices and principles; especially as it regards reaching the current generation and young people. Some “experts” are saying that powerpoint presentations are dying a slow death in terms of general business, and in this case,the church’s use of the same with the younger generation. Even the older folk are supposedly less attuned to powerpoint (if they ever were!). I’m wondering how the principles you espouse can freshen/empower my presentations through the use of technology, 2. how can i identify the type of and best equipment suited for presentation, 3. how can I make my “product”, which is the bible and other Christian related principles more “attractive” across the generational sphere thereby activating and maintaining growth in the ministry over the long term? Tall order, I know. Indeed, this may be out of your domain, but I can clearly see the value of and the ability to apply your “methods of evangelism” to new church start-ups because, like it or not, they are indeed businesses. Finally, I’m a WINDOWS guy greatly interesed in the Apple/MacIntosh platform. Perhaps, you or someone reading this blog can tell me how I can be “SAVED”, (lol). All I can say re: ART OF THE START video is: WOW! and thanks

  165. mevis October 17, 2007 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Hi,Ladys and Gentlemen! Here i want to say thank you for the help of this website i received many orders from USA.Thanks again.

  166. Solutions Monkey October 25, 2007 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Convergence EMEA 2007

    Convergence EMEA 2007 concluded today at Copenhagen. I presented Enterprise Portal session yesterday

  167. Choi, Jeong-Suh November 1, 2007 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Guy, you just made my day!
    I came home late worn out from a long typical day, watched your sppech, giggled, and finally stood up clapping loud with full of admire. Yes, in my home in front the computer. ;D Your speech was just great enough to wake my wife and daughter up in the middle of night even at the other side of the earth(Korea)! ;D Even though I could understand your speech around 95% only as a foreigner and so would my employees, I would definitely play this again for my co-workers. ^^ Thank you!!!

  168. hdr November 23, 2007 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Amazing stuff Guy.

  169. TechBlog April 1, 2008 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Houston’s getting Kawasakied on April 24

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