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Podcast Interview with Venture Capitalist, Guy Kawasaki, Chairman and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures

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I caught Guy’s keynote presentation at a forum for entrepreneurs seeking "Angel" funding (early stage seed capital). He kept me laughing throughout since he cuts through the hype and gives it to you straight—all the right things you should be doing if you want to get investment. You know the startups presenting [and seeking funding] after his keynote have broken Guy’s rules so you can almost hear them frantically thinking---hmmm, how can I NOT look stupid?

In this podcast, Guy talks about venture funding and his latest passion, blogging. There’s a time/topic index if you want to hop around though I recommend you listen to the entire piece.

Thank you,
Stephen Ibaraki

  • Interesting perspectives.

  • If you get a chance to catch him in person Wil, take the opportunity. His perspective is at times unique so it catches your attention--and he's funny.

    Stephen Ibaraki

  • a nice exchange between you two and the tips and links are useful. a future follow-up?

  • Follow-up..., hmmm :-)

    If you look at the groups who provided investment in Guy's company, it's a powerful list:
    Advanced Technology Ventures
    Credit Suisse First Boston
    Draper Fisher Jurvetson
    E*TRADE Group
    Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    Highland Capital
    Mayfield Fund
    MSD Capital
    Sanford Robertson – Former CEO and founder, Robertson Stephens & Co.
    Ben Rosen – Former Chairman, Compaq Computer
    Safeguard Scientifics
    Charles R. Schwab – co–CEO, Charles Schwab Inc.
    Sequoia Capital
    Silicon Valley Bank

    There's a story about Guy being offered an interview by Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital for the CEO position of Yahoo a few years back...interesting story--the rest is legend.

  • I have been giving Guy links to the interview as they appear through different channels. Previously, Guy provided a career tip with an edge for a conference I was speaking at. I'll likely provide it here in my Career tips series. Watch for it! :-)

    Stephen Ibaraki

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