Guy Kawasaki

A Quote by Guy Kawasaki on mea culpa, garage, filmloop, windows, macintosh, mac, sony vaio, and laptops

Dear God,

Mea culpa: because one of the Garage portfolio companies, FilmLoop, wrote a Windows version of its product before a Macintosh version, I’ve had to use a Windows laptop for demos. It is one of those tiny Sony Vaios—I don’t even know the model number because I didn’t bond with it.

This is the first time I used Windows for more than fifteen minutes at a time, and the experience has made me a better Macintosh evangelist. I simply cannot comprehend how people put up with Windows—but ragging on Windows isn’t the topic of this blog.

Guy Kawasaki

Source: Blog: Signum sine tinnitu--by Guy Kawasaki : Dear God

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A Quote by Guy Kawasaki on lies, entrepreneurs, ideas, market, venture capitalists, arrogance, and mac

“No one can do what we're doing.” If there's anything worse than the lack of a market and cluelessness, it's arrogance. No one else can do this until the first company does it, and ten others spring up in the next ninety days. Let's see, no one else ran a sub four-minute mile after Roger Bannister. (It took only a month before John Landy did). The world is a big place. There are lots of smart people in it. Entrepreneurs are kidding themselves if they think they have any kind of monopoly on knowledge. And, sure as I'm a Macintosh user, on the same day that an entrepreneur tells this lie, the venture capitalist will have met with another company that's doing the same thing.

Guy Kawasaki

Source: Blog: Signum sine tinnitu--by Guy Kawasaki : The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

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A Quote by Guy Kawasaki on lies, entrepreneurs, ideas, market, and venture capitalists

“(Big name research firm) says our market will be $50 billion in 2010.” Every entrepreneur has a few slides about how the market potential for his segment is tens of billions. It doesn't matter if the product is bar mitzah planning software or 802.11 chip sets. Venture capitalists don't believe this type of forecast because it's the fifth one of this magnitude that they've heard that day. Entrepreneurs would do themselves a favor by simply removing any reference to market size estimates from consulting firms.

Guy Kawasaki

Source: Blog: Signum sine tinnitu--by Guy Kawasaki : The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

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A Quote by Guy Kawasaki on think, revolutionaries, change, and rules

Think different in order to change the rules. By definition, if you don't change the rules you aren't a revolutionary, and if you don't think different, you won't change the rules.

Guy Kawasaki

Source: Rules For Revolutionaries: The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating and Marketing New Products and Services, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Guy Kawasaki on lies, entrepreneurs, and ideas

“No one is doing what we're doing.” This is a bummer of a lie because there are only two logical conclusions. First, no one else is doing this because there is no market for it. Second, the entrepreneur is so clueless that he can't even use Google to figure out he has competition. Suffice it to say that the lack of a market and cluelessness is not conducive to securing an investment. As a rule of thumb, if you have a good idea, five companies are going the same thing. If you have a great idea, fifteen companies are doing the same thing.

Guy Kawasaki

Source: Blog: Signum sine tinnitu--by Guy Kawasaki : The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

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A Quote by Guy Kawasaki on revolution and business

Revolutionary products don't fail because they are shipped too early. They fail because they aren't revised fast enough.

Guy Kawasaki

Source: Rules For Revolutionaries: The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating and Marketing New Products and Services, Pages: 24

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A Quote by Guy Kawasaki on revolution, business, and leadership

Revolutionary leaders have to care more about what they think of themselves than what the world thinks of them.  

Guy Kawasaki

Source: Rules For Revolutionaries: The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating and Marketing New Products and Services, Pages: 30

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