Archive for the ‘guy kawasaki’ category

A Startup Costs HOW Much!?

June 20, 2007

Premise: Guy Kawasaki knows what he’s doing. And despite better advice I highly recommend you kiddies try this at home!

Mr. Kawasaki’s startup, Truemors, set him back $12,709.09 in startup costs. Keep in mind… he’s the guy who wrote “Art of the Start” and funded more youngco’s than I’ve even worked in for crying out loud!

I’d like to contrast Truemors with Fake Steve Jobs (one of the 100 most popular blogs).

It costs NOTHING to start a blog on WordPress.com (independent) or at Blogspot.com (owned by Google). TypePad will set you back some change (and is quite good). There’s Facebook… MySpace… there’s a lot of free choices for blogging these days.

Granted, FSJ is about the most popular figure on the scene right now. Yes, there’s a FakeSteveBallmer. But, do you really think FakeTerrySemel.com is going to be worth anyone’s time. Nah. Now, FakePope.com is already taken (maybe not so safe for work). That person would normally be out less than $200 in startup costs (autorenewing, protected domains for the next 10 years). But, whoever’s behind it REALLY bootstrapped. ZERO cost! They’re hosting on a free platform. Fred Wilson thinks FSJ is raking in $200K+ annually.

Nice work if you can get it. Money for nothing and your chicks are free. Wonder if there’s a VC model in there somewhere? “I’ll seed you $0. Now. Go write like an iGod.”

Resistance Is NOT Futile

May 2, 2007

“The Lucifer Effect”… How DO Good People Go Bad? An interesting question and an equally interesting interview with the author at Mr. K’s blog. I especially liked the last question… #10 about the other side of the coin. A VERY worthwhile blog and a refreshing, non-techie topic out of my fave blogger/author. Way to go Mr. K!

Well Hells Bells

December 7, 2006

Dr. Scoble has prescribed some whoopass for Journobloggers and drawing traffic to their stuff today.

I picked a name that has absolutley nothing to do with my main topical nexus – Apple, their OS’s under development and emerging wireless tech. It wasn’t always my topical mix though… it’s just what struck a chord with the readers of the blog so… as Dr. Kawasaki prescribed in one of his books… “Flow with the go.” or something like that 🙂 “Let a thousand flowers bloom.” Yeah, that’s probably more like it.

So, there’s not much I can do about my WordPress.com name of “gwhiz”… I kinda like it. It suits me. But the tag line I’ve been using is old and tired and probably not helping at all on my Google Juice which I have just done something about. It now reads, “Apple, Mac OSX, Leopard, EVDO and Such” and that’s more in line with what this blog has become.

I don’t think a journoblogger is going to know any more about what will strike a chord than any of the rest of us… they just need to adapt and serve up whatever keeps em coming back for more and perform the OODA loops Dr. Peters is fond of.

Indispensable EVDO + Mac Info

August 30, 2006

Apple Adds EVDO Card Support in 10.4.7 – EVDOinfo.com

Guy Kawasaki, bless his heart! I do love this man so and pray for his safety on our planet regularly (no, really, I do).

He’s provided the mother load link (above) to the root of all EVDO information you could ever hope to tap into. Read it. Love it and learn. All thanks to Mr. K!

If You Have To Ask Does It Count?

July 12, 2006

I’m going to ask my kind readers a favor at the end of this posting… Kind of along the lines of my earlier “I’d Do Anything For You Honey” post.

There’s this long-standing guy/girl thing that if a girl has to ask for a hug, kiss, take-out-the-trash, something-or-other that it “doesn’t count”. I somehow missed that one in marital bliss 101 (which I audited). You see, there are a ton of things my sweetie and I do for each other we sometimes do and don’t ask for that we have no recollection of the other doing. THOSE don’t count! Truth be told. THOSE are the forgettables!

C’mon. Cut a guy a break.

So, to prove my point… I’m going to ask (remember, this is what guys are worst at… asking for things) that you kind souls out there show me some link love. I appreciate you coming back and reading the odd blurb I lob up. And it’s really nice to see you coming back for more. What would really be gratifying is to ascend past this 3,962,106 ranking in Technorati I can’t seem to break through past. I simply want to be in the top 3 million. That’s all (sob, sob). Can you help me? Just this once?

Joe Kissell, Meet Mr. Kawasaki

July 11, 2006

Joe Kissell is definitely living part of the Kawasaki way: “Eat like a hummingbird and poop like an elephant.”

Had any of you heard of Blog Carnivals before? News to me…

Dammit! Guy KEEPS Teasing Me!

June 16, 2006

STOP!!!! Ever since I read one of the early books and saw that Breitling watch staring back at me… I’ve been trying to find a way to eBay all my unnecessary’s to get the darned thing. Talk about a total goal/treat/over-the-top thingamabob. There’ s no way in hell my three kids will be scraping enough together (for Fathers’ Day) between them to get me anything short of a half-spent crayola and the wonderful piece of artwork it helped them create.

Which is PERFECT! in my eyes. 🙂

Evangelizing Your Employer

June 11, 2006

Rule #1.0 – Family is more important that work. 

Mr. Robert Scoble, Microsoft Evangelist, appears to be headed to Podtech.net. And, on the same day, Mr. Guy Kawasaki tells us he’s speaking on the “Art of Evangelism”.

First, people move on for lots of reasons. When an evangelist/champion moves on it leaves a LOT of people scratching their heads even to the point of a hammering on Wall Street.

Imagine if Mr. Jobs left Apple to head up Disney. The flip side of that is when an ineffective evangelist leaves (Sun comes to mind). 

Second, I feel that a company’s commitment to evangelism is core to the program but plays second fiddle to the individual. Again, go back to the fact people move on. If, a company doesn’t backfill the slot then evangelism really isn’t key in their list of objectives – making rabid fans of their product lines through open channels of communication across the board.

Third, a true evangelist (and I’m thinking Scoble) doesn’t lose their religion when they transition to their next cool gig. They don’t suddenly throw out all their schwag. They never truly swap horses. The true evangelist isn’t a gun for hire to the top bidder. They’re principled. They’re loyal when they don’t have to be. They beleive at a deep down level. They have their own unique gravity field and pull the stars of their field inward.

Ever feel that way about what you’re involved in? A deep down gut level & profound pull? It’s beautiful when you have that kind of PASSION! I feel that way about Thrifty.com to this day. I feel that way about the AAPG. I feel that way about Grocio. I feel that way about MetaCarta. I feel that way about Apple.

Finally, an evangelist has to be more than a cool-aid drinker. They have to BE the process by which the company/product/service becomes better. They’re going to be the steward of “the conversation”. To make good on that conversation it’s absolutely essential they spread the feedback across the channels.

I wish I could listen to Mr. K deliver his talk at eBay Live. I wish I could hear Mr. Scoble at vloggercon. Should be an interesting time for technology evangelists.

[EDIT – And Mr. Winer brings a long, low whistle out of the peanut gallery.]

Thank you Mr. K for the MP3

May 19, 2006

For those of us with an entreprenuerial tendency (mine is Grocio.com. What’s yours?) then I really think you ought to listen to what Guy Kawasaki has so generously offered us.

Garage.com, for those not yet in the know, is a startup assistance company Mr. Kawasaki (among other notables) spends his days at. They hook up us folks with great ideas to other folks who lend their great business acumen, advice and/or capital. I think it’s fabulous of him to share the things he does with us.

Please, make a minute to thank him (and LINK to his blog).

Remember vyew – Mac Friendly Free Collaboration

May 16, 2006

Vyew.com? Oh yeah, I remember those guys. Browser based whiteboarding and screen sharing. I won’t mention the 900 lb. gorrilla in the space (if you don’t know who it is I’m not going to help them advertise). Someone mentioned vyew around Christmas last year. Was it Mr. Mayfield? Itosan? Can’t remember.

Oh well, Mr. Kawasaki mentioned them again this morning and it sounded vaguely familiar. So, I went to find out why and sure enough… I had an account with my dot mac address. They were kind enough to refresh me as to my password and to my surprise vyew works nicely with Mac (and Safari). Why I didn’t bookmark them I can’t recall… maybe wasn’t Mac friendly at the time. So, now I have a brand new online collaboration screen sharing app (outside of Apple Remote Desktop 3 which I absolutely LOVE!).

So, if you haven’t checked it out yet… Vyew.com. Good stuff!