I’ve always been a big fan of Guy Kawasaki since back in his Apple days. So, I definitely looked forward to his keynote session at NMX 2013 in Las Vegas. It was a very interesting and entertaining presentation. However, I did learn a couple of things that lead me to believe I may be the Anti-Kawasaki. First, Guy informed us that he is now an Android guy and uses a Samsung smartphone. He also lamented pc companies for not designing better looking components and still selling those big thick ugly black laptops. As I looked down at my 17 inch Toshiba and Apple iPhone, I had to laugh and think I must be polar opposites with this Guy! Well, turns out not totally. He did say he prefers the Google Nexus 7 as his tablet—and I have been thinking about getting one of these—so, we’ve got something in common.
Technology likes aside, there were other interesting topics Guy talked about. A lot of time was spent discussing the self-publishing landscape since he has just published his latest book APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. He said that although there would be some crap out there because of self-publishing, he didn’t consider it a big concern since that has always been the case with other forms of media.
By far the most entertaining part of the session was when Kawasaki talked about his feelings on Apple—where he has twice been employed. Guy amusingly said he just didn’t understand some of the thinking over there these days. For example, he mentioned the incredulous change in iPhone connector plugs. However, Guy did say there were three companies he would be interested in working for in a Manager/Consultant/Advisor role: Google, Nike, and (yes) Apple.