Guy Kawasaki is a Silicon Valley icon who first became known as Apple’s Chief Evangelist, launching the Macintosh with epic success. From there he published many game-changing books: Selling the Dream, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, and more. His rich and varied career includes start-ups, venture capital,, Adviser to Google, and now, a return to his role of Chief Evangelist with Canva, an innovative company aiming to democratize design the same way the Macintosh democratized computers..

In our chat, we discuss Guy’s 15th book coming out soon, Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life, a Chicken Soup for the Soul, (or as he says, “Miso Soup for the Soul”) kind of book, full of stories: the ups and downs of working with Steve Jobs, becoming Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, reflecting on his family’s immigrant experience, adopting 2 kids from Guatemala, learning to surf at 62, and more. You’ll enjoy this lively interview, filled with wisecracking humor and laughs, as well as heartfelt wisdom about leading, evangelizing, parenting and life.


1) Enjoy Guy's newest book, Wise Guy: Lessons From a Life
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2) To Follow Guy
     > Looking for Guy's other books? They are all here in one place on Amazon's Guy Kawasaki page.
     > Connect with Guy at

SHOW NOTES - References during our Interview
1) Books Guy Recommends
     > If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit - Barbara Ueland
     > The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done - Peter Drucker
     > Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel Pink
     > Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail - Clayton Christensen
     > Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - Robert Cialdini
     > Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol Dweck

2) Additional Mentions
     > What I Learned from Steve Jobs - blog post at
     > Canva - Democratizing Design
     > Slate Advisers - Democratizing Executive Coaching
     > Digital Nest: High Tech for Young Minds. Non-profit, high-tech training and collaboration space

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