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Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com and a founding partner at Garage Technology ventures. Kawasaki was also the chief evangelist of Apple and he has written ten books on a myriad business topics.
The story of Guy Kawasaki is truly inspirational, as he belonged to a family humble background but grew up to become a very successful businessman, Apple evangelist and the author of several books. Guy Kawasaki is currently the co-founder of Alltop.com, which is an online magazine rack of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. He worked in different companies throughout his career including Apple, and is credited with leading ACIUS for several years. Guy Kawasaki is also an author, and he has written ten books so far on different business and management topics.
Guy Kawasaki was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1954. His family belonged to a humble background, but both his father and mother were devoted parents and hardworking individuals. Kawasaki's family lived in a tough part of Honolulu called Kalihi Valley and he went to the Lolani school there. Even though the school was not a very good one, he was lucky enough to find some great teachers there who moulded him to become a better person. After Lolani, Guy Kawasaki went to Stanford and graduated from there in 1976, with a major in Psychology. After graduating from there, he went to attend the law school at U.C. Davis, upon the insistence of his parents, but he could not last there so he enrolled in an MBA program at UCLA. While at UCLA, Kawasaki also worked for a jewelry manufacturer called Nova Stylings, and this is where, according to Kawasaki himself, he learnt the skill of selling.
After working for Nova for a few years, Kawasaki then went to work for an educational software company called EduWare Services. After the company moved to Atlanta, Kawasaki decided not to relocate and it is at that time that he got a chance to work for Apple. There, Guy Kawasaki evangelized the wonders of Macintosh and remained at Apple till 1987. During that time, he also met his wife, Beth, and credited Apple for this lucky meeting.
After leaving Apple, Guy Kawasaki was given the task to lead ACIUS for two years. ACIUS is a Macintosh database company and during his time it published a product called 4th Dimension, which is still used today. After retiring from ACIUS, Guy Kawasaki took some time off for writing, speaking and consulting and during that time, which he called the 'Wonder Years' of his life, he wrote several books.
In 1989, Guy Kawasaki started another software company called Fog City Software and created an email product called Emailer and LetterRip. After returning to Apple for a brief time period, Kawasaki left is again to create an angel investor matchmaking service called Garage.com.
Currently, Guy Kawasaki is a founding partner at Garage.com and a co-founder of Alltop. He is also a husband, a father, an author, a speaker and in his own words a 'hockey addict'.