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Guy Kawasaki Talks Innovation in Kelowna
Friday, March 30, 2007
As mentioned the other day, Guy Kawasaki was the keynote speaker at the OSTEC 2007 Silicon Vineyard Innovation Awards here in Kelowna. The man is brilliant... that is really all I have to say. Even though he was in pain due to "an upper body injury" suffered from a hockey game last week, he was a real trooper and gave an amazing speech. (If he was this good when he is not feeling well, I wonder what he's like when he's 100%?). I was amazed by his knowledge of hockey and love for Canada. He started his speech with a comparison to Mark Messier saying that "Messier wouldn't let a little pain stop him from doing his job on the ice..." Guy went on to present his bio in the next few minutes and then jumped into his discussion about innovation illustrating key points from his "The Art of the Start" book.

He is a very entertaining speaker. He's dynamic, funny and most of all passionate. He really is an inspiration. I would suggest that you pick up his latest book "The Art of the Start". Guy illustrated 10 key points for innovative companies to consider. Amongst these points were items such as:
  1. Make Meaning - don't start a venture to just make money. Make meaning, create something that makes the world a better place.
  2. Make Mantra - forget about mission statements as they tend to be wordy, long and boring. One of the examples that Guy mentioned that illustrates a good mantra was "Authentic athletic performance" by Nike ("Just Do It" is their tagline).
  3. Get Going - don't focus on creating a business plan, or a Powerpoint presentation, simply implement. You should always be selling and not strategizing about selling. Think big, find "partners" to share your passion, don't worry what everyone thinks. Guy referred to this as "polarizing people".
  4. Find a niche and dominate it.
Guy I want to thank you for a great keynote. You were every bit entertaining and inspirational as I had hoped and more!! You exude confidence and positivity. Thanks for coming to Kelowna. We hope that you'll visit us again. You are turly an inspiration... so much so that I am writing this post at 1:15 am in the morning... I have to get up in six hours and finish packing and move into my new home. Sheesh it's going to be a fun day of moving tomorrow.

I want to thank Enquiro for co-sponsoring Guy's keynote. Thanks to Manoj Jasra for the pics. I'll leave you with a great quote from "The Art of the Start"

"Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength." - Hasidic saying


posted by Jody @ 12:36 AM  
  • At 7:02 AM, Blogger Guy said…

    Thanks for your very kind words. It was a pleasure, and I have to return to play in Kelowna!

    Have a great weekend.


  • At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Mary-Louise said…

    I work for Guy Kawasaki. Thanks for your comments about Guy's speech in Kelowna!



  • At 8:03 PM, Blogger Jody said…

    Thanks Mary-Louise and Guy for taking the time to stop by SEO-Space.

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