I have to say that this week has been pretty interesting for me, firstly I had my first proper interview of the year, and secondly through somewhat covert operations I got to meet one of my all time business/blogging heroes in person.
I read somewhere on the web about a month ago that Guy Kawasaki would be attending the Irish Software Association conference at the end of February, which would be taking place in my college! For about 30 seconds things were looking up, however a quick consultation of the ISA website told me that tickets to the event would set me back in the region of €300… and furthermore I was then later scheduled for an interview about 10 miles away at the same time as he would be talking… things were not looking good.
Shortly after my interview I received a text message from Rowan, who was at the conference, informing me of a Q&A session that would be starting an hour later involving Mr. Kawasaki and other notable speakers, so I thought I would take my chances, hopped on a bus and headed out to the venue.
Guy Kawasaki was one of the key people behind the at times unlikely success of Apple Computer (which along with Starbucks hold somewhat of an obsessive position in my heart) which he maintains should have gone bust on at least ten occasions during his time there. The so called “Apple evangelist” is currently CEO of Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital company, author of many best selling business books such as “The Art of the Start” and "Rules for Revolutionaries" AND writer to the whole blogospheres 53rd most popular blog. Understandably I REALLY wanted to meet him.
I have always maintained that the back door is the only door, and once again this rang true… A few minute and a fire exit later I was soon sat in the very front row of the Q&A watching Mr. “Art of the Start” himself.