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Guy Kawasaki – The Meetup

September 12th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Sept 9th: As usual i was just catching up on my mail at night. Dont know why but decided to check twitter feeds. Was surprised to see a tweet from Guy Kawasaki posting a pic of the bombay airport! I quickly smsed a few people if they knew why was he here and if there was a chance to meet him. In less then 30 min I got 2 phone calls a couple of sms and msgs.

Sept 10th: I had decided that i will follow the tweets religiously to figure out whats happening. Was surprised that Guy Kawasaki was at pinstorm! Wanted to call Asfaq and Netra if I can drop in for a bit πŸ˜‰

The tweet meet was happening at Oberoi @ 7pm. Thanks to Netra who had arranged for everything and kept the entire community in loop. I ran from bookshop to bookshop to get my hands on “The Art of the Start” but no one had it. That was really disappointing coz i was reallly looking forward to get his autograph.

The meet was alright. Didnt get the Gyan which I guess everyone was expecting. Guy talked a lot about Alltop and how twitter was helping him reach out and spread the word.Β  For Guy Alltop was most gratifying after macintosh. He did clear some myths that he was among the first few employees.

Some things i clearly remember from the 2 hour odd meet…

Evangelism comes from the greek word which means Spread the good message/word.

Guy is hooked to Posterous and loves the fact that you can just email it and viola its live and that it automatically creates slideshows and that you can send any kind of file be it mp3/video or plain jpegs.

Manan asked if there was any bad blood between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Guy said there was nothing really like that and that apple depended a lot on MS Office and the relation between the two were cordial.

“Enemies are less important to one as one gets Old”

Which made so much sense. That got me thinking and i was like o yeah its true lot of people i really hated earlier i was pretty ok and cordial with them now.

Also there was a small discussion on whether people love to follow up through RSS feeds or Email. 1500 off people have subscribed for email alerts of Guy’s blog and around 181,000 for RSS feed updates. But Guy doesnt agree or trust the numbers thrown by feedburner.

Some trivia: Nah he doesnt get any product free from apple. But he does get some discounts and doesnt have to wait up in a Q for the iphone πŸ˜‰

If you are listed on and are spreading the good word about it chances are you will move up the ranks easily.

After the meetup it was great eating pizzas at Pizzeria with Manan, Aditya, Asfaq, Netra, Mitesh and gang!

Truly a fantastic day!


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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Reeteshinator // Sep 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Cool, that sounds pretty interesting πŸ˜€ I wonder if there will ever be a tweet meet in Hyd. I’ve met and commuted with my Gamespot friends from many states, but never my fellow tweets, sadly dont see anyone from HYD πŸ˜›

    And I think the number of experiences I had in all the schools I studied in my childhood already made me like what guy was saying πŸ˜› Now in college itself enemies dont even matter or exist.

  • 2 Shady aka Samir // Sep 24, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Hey Kunal, nice post. It was fun meeting you with gang and dinner at Pizzeria was awesome. You inspired me and now I am turning to veggie again. C ya at BarCamp. πŸ™‚

  • 3 Buy iphone // Oct 11, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Very interesting post, i bookmarked your blog, thanks for share
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  • 4 Bindi Mehta // Mar 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Guy Kawasaki – two things stood out when I read about him – his connection to technology and start-ups; and I knew immediately why you followed those tweets religiously. Those are the two things that seem to drive you a lot; I can imagine how excited you must’ve been to go meet him in person and interact with him. It must have been inspiration in person. (and now I know why ‘The Art of the Start’ is pretty much the only book you’ve bought :))

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