Guy Kawasaki, author, speaker, investor and business advisor, here shares 12 lessons he learned from Steve Jobs while working at Apple. This is a transcript of the keynote speech he made at Silicon Valley Bank’s CEO Summit on October 6, 2011.
Good morning. Although arguably it’s not a good morning because the passing of Steve Jobs is definitely left a large hole in the universe. And I worked for him from 1983 to 1987 and then from 1995 to 1997, I worked for Apple again. And just as he came back towards the end of 1997, so we overlapped again. So arguably I am one of the few people in the world who worked for Steve Jobs twice and survived.
So I consider it an honor to have worked for him. He fundamentally changed my life. He changed the lives of many Apple employees and he also changed the life I think of many, many people in the computer business, in the phone business, in the tablet business, in many places in the music business.
So if you look at your agenda, I am supposed to give a speech today about how to enchant people, how to be an enchanting person – to change people’s hearts, minds and actions. But because of Steve’s of death yesterday, this morning I wrote a completely new speech. And so you’re not going to see what’s on the agenda.
I have a speech that’s sort of dedicated to what I learned from Steve Jobs and I think the lessons of Steve Jobs that you can apply to your startups. Because fundamentally Steve was arguably the world’s greatest CEO, the world’s greatest entrepreneur. I don’t think anybody did anymore for his customers or shareholders or employees as Steve Jobs. Truly, truly no one has done more.