Chatting with Ted Turner and Guy Kawasaki

20Nov08

Where else could one chat casually with cultural icon Ted Turner and marketing guru Guy Kawasaki all in the same week.  Only at the Commonwealth Club in Silicon Valley.  On Monday, November 17, Guy Kawasaki stopped by to talk about life at Apple, love for Twitter, and tips for pitching VCs.  After hearing him describe his 10/20/30 rule for preparing winning decks, I bought the book.  You can watch the video here.  Then on Wednesday, November 19, on his 70th birthday, Ted Turner generously shared his time with the Club vividly reflecting on the ups and downs of his life, and the secret to his happiness.  He talked about his youth, dreaming of an all-news channel, waiting for major media to move, and the moment of realization when he needed to take action and incur the wrath of the networks who chased him down like a pack of wild dogs.  The legend goes, upon the dawn of CNN, the lone maverick brashly stood up and declared:  “We won’t be signing off until the world ends.  We will be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event.” Wow, what an adventure. He had the audience on the edge of their seats.  When asked if he was partaking in the online video revolution, he replied (and I paraphrase), “No one in history has led two revolutions…I’m happy with my bison.” Needless to say, I bought his book too. Video from the wonderfully entertaining Gloria Duffy program hasn’t posted yet but you can enjoy the San Francisco interview with Phil Bronstein on FORA.tv, more of Mr. Turner at www.callmeted.com and other fantastic Commonwealth Club programs at www.commonwealthclub.org and on iTunes.

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