Guy Kawasaki to Speak at Commencement

Guy Kawasaki

April 19, 2012

Guy Kawasaki, a venture capitalist and best-selling author, will deliver the keynote speech at the Menlo College Commencement ceremony on May 5, 2012.

“I am very pleased that Guy Kawasaki, a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur, will be our keynote speaker for commencement this year,” said President James J. Kelly. “He has been instrumental in many startups and investments in early-stage technology companies. He's a charismatic writer and speaker who will inspire our graduates and guests.”

Kawasaki is the author of eleven books including What the Plus!, Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He is also the co-founder of, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Kawasaki has been instrumental in several startups including a Macintosh database company called ACIUS, and a software company called Fog City Software. In the 1990s, he became an Apple fellow and a co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm that makes direct investments in early-stage technology companies.

Menlo's Commencement is part of a celebration for graduates, their families and friends, and members of the Menlo community. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 am in the Main Quad on campus.