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Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist at Canva
Former Chief Evangelist at Apple

Guy Kawasaki is one of the most recognizable leaders in innovation, tech and marketing. Currently, Guy serves as the Chief Evangelist at Canva. Guy’s entertaining and informative talks use insights from his time in the tech industry to show audiences how to create innovative services and products using tactical and practical techniques. His bestselling book, “The Art of the Start,” redefined the way entrepreneurs should approach their start-up dreams and make them a reality. 

 

He began his sales career in college when working for the fine-jewelry manufacturer, Nova Stylings. Under his CEO, Marty Gruber, and colleagues in the jewelry industry, Guy learned how to sell- a skill vital to his career. He kick-started his career in tech by working for an educational software company called EduWare Services.

 

Through a connection at Stanford, Guy had the opportunity to enter the world of Apple. His strong belief in the power of the Macintosh allowed him to evangelize the technology to many developers successfully. Eventually, Apple had acquired plenty of software, and Guy’s position was no longer needed. He would subsequently return to Apple as an Apple fellow but had various roles in between. 

 

Guy was involved in the creation and development of many projects and startups. Some of which include the database ACIUS, which published a database company called 4th Dimension. Additionally, he co-founded a software company named Fog City Software, and an angel investor matchmaking site called, Garage.com. 

 

In 2013, Guy was appointed as a special advisor to the CEO of the Motorola division of Google. Shortly after, he resurrected the title of “chief evangelist” when joining the Sydney-based company, Canva. Canva is a leading graphic design service company that works hard to democratize design. (Fun fact: our team at Talent Bureau uses Canva)

 

Throughout his immensely busy career, Guy had also found the time to write. He has written 13 books, including The Art of the Start, The Art of Social Media, Selling the Dream and Rules for Revolutionaries. 

 

Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Did you know? In 2015, Mercedes Benz USA retained Guy as a brand ambassador!

TOPICS

THE ART OF INNOVATION

The Art of Innovation explains how to create innovative services and products using tactical and practical techniques. Guy uses examples from ice-making to telephony to digital photography to expose the truths of innovation. Key principles include: jumping to the next curve, breaking down the barriers, and thinking digitally and acting analogically.

THE ART OF THE START

The speech about how to create a new company. It reflects the knowledge Guy has gained from Apple, starting multiple companies, working as a venture capitalist, and advising dozens of companies. His book by the same name is the de facto standard for books about entrepreneurship.

THE ART OF ENCHANTMENT

The speech explains how organizations and individuals can change people’s hearts, minds, and actions. Enchantment was a New York Times bestseller.

THE ART OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Guy demystifies social media in this speech and makes social media a useful and powerful marketing tool. Many people believe that Guy’s book by the same name is the best book ever written about social media.

THE LESSONS OF STEVE JOBS

Guy is one of the few people in the world who can credibly give this speech. He draws from his experience working for Steve and applies these lessons to business practices.

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