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  • Guy Kawasaki - The Top Ten Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Guy Kawasaki: The Top 10 Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

    UPDATE:

    We received alot of positive feedback to our posting of Guy Kawasaki's Spring, 2013 talk at the UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan).

    The former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures is such a good speaker that you wanted to hear more of him.  He was the keynote speaker at the first Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond in 2005, and its timeless. 

    You can click on the top blue headline to the full story and his video or click here. In his keynote, "The Art of the Start" he gives insight into the characteristics that make a successful start-up.

    His first test is, "Are you making "meaning?"  He finds that the start-ups which have the highest chance of success are created by people who have a mission. He says they want to make "meaning" and not money. He feels the entrepreneurs who more often succeed are those who want to change the world. They want to make the world a better place, to improve the quality of life, to right a wrong, to fix something and change it to make it better, or they want to prevent the end of something good. 

    He urged his audience of students to be "Prototypers" not typists. He was referring to entrepreneurs who create things, or develop something, versus those who merely write a business plan with a mission statement. 

    Kawasaki says, "Get going." "As an entrepreneur - Think different. Don't look at the existing status quo. Don't look at what is successful now, except to say how can I leap frog that? How can I change the world. How can I shift paradise? How do I get to the next curve? How can I create the next curve?"

    Second, "You should polarize people. Create products and services that you love." 

    Third, "Find a few soul mates. There is this myth about the solo entrepreneur - that is a vastly overrated and inaccurate myth." "You need people to balance off your skillset, if you are great at engineering you need sales,...

  • NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams airs story on The Masked Marauders

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    April 6, 2013

    Last night's television show Rock Center with Brian Williams aired a story about the 'super album' The Masked Marauders. 

    The story included a clip from the movie Almost Famous of actor Terry Chen playing Ben Fong-Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and author, Emmy award-winning broadcaster, and long-time columnist here.

    News anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams has had a curiousity since childhood about a 1969 music album he bought called the The Masked Marauders - a record album touting that it was an album of music recorded in secret by a super group with the likes of John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.

    Now, after more than four decades of the album's original release, the television network news anchor with his own show got the chance to look under the mask of the infamous album.

    He talked with The Masked Marauder's prankster Greil Marcus, today a noted author, music critic and journalist who was at the time of the hoax the record reviews editor for Rolling Stone magazine. Marcus wrote a review of the album under the pseudonym T.M. Christian in collaboration with another Rolling Stone record reviewer Bruce Miroff. 

    Greil Marcus confirmed the truth to Brian Williams, that yes, the 1969 album was indeed a fake. There was no super group formed to record in secrecy. 

    Despite disclosures years ago that it was a fake, the album has continued in the anals of rock history with a life of its own. In 2003, Rhino Records remastered the album and released a numbered edition of 2,000 copies of it .

    Brian Williams also interviewed another co-conspirator of the album, Langdon Winner, another former writer and contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Winner sat at a piano to play some of the music he and Marcus concocted, and had hired a Berkeley, Callifornia band called the Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band to play for the fake album. Both Bruce Miroff and Langdon Winner earned Phds...

  • In Memoriam: Roger Ebert 1942-2013 American journalist, Film critic and Asian American Cinema Champion

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    1942-2013 Roger Ebert Champion of Asian American Film Photo: RogerEbert.com

    Roger Ebert 1942-2013 Photo: RogerEbert.comRoger Ebert lost his battle with cancer today. He will be greatly missed. Most famous for his film criticism, he was the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

    Since 1967, and up to just two days ago he wrote a column for the Chicago Sun-Times.

    He authored twenty books, and co-hosted several long-running syndicated television shows including Siskel and Ebert at the Movies. 

    I will remember Roger Ebert not only for his reviews and commentary, but also for his advocacy of Asian American cinema.

    I thank Roger Ebert for his outspoken support and standing up (literally) for a film called Better Luck Tomorrow.

    When Ebert stood on his theater seat and yelled back at an audience member who was chastising the film's director Justin Lin and his cast on stage for making an "empty and amoral" film, it was a watershed moment in Asian American cinema.

    Mind you, this was at the third screening of Lin's film Better Luck Tomorrow at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival where alot is at stake. Filmmakers are hoping that distribution deals are made. 

    A video posted on Youtube captured the moment. (click here for the full story with the Youtube video). The audience member said, "You know how to make a movie. But why with the talent up there and yourself make a film as so empty and amoral for Asian Americans and Americans?"

    Then Roger Ebert gets up and says "What I find very condescending and disturbing about your statement is nobody would say to a bunch of white filmmakers, "How could you do this to your people?!" (applause from the crowd) Then Ebert continues, "Yes, film has the right to be about these people and Asian American characters have the right to be whoever the hell they want to be. They do not have to represent their people."

    And as America's influential dean of film critics sat back down in his seat, he had just put Better Luck Tomorrow on the map. 

    Better Luck Tomorrow Directed by Justin Lin, MTV...

  • GIRL RISING - in Select Regal Theaters April 19-26 Frieda Pinto, Priyanka Chopra, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, and others narrate

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    GIRL RISING to screen nationwide in select Regal Cinemas April 19-26, 2013 Photo credit: GIRL RISING

    Sokha is one of nine girls featured in GIRL RISING. She was a Cambodian child of the dump, orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. Through a series of miracles she finds her way to a school and has risen to become a star student with a promising future. Photo credit: GIRL RISING

    April 19-26, 2013 GIRL RISING is screening nationwide in selected Regal Cinemas.

    “No one is more vulnerable than an uneducated girl, and this film is a wake-up call to the world that it’s time to educate girls,” actress Freida Pinto said in a statement to India-Times.com. “Right now, 66 million girls are not in school, and 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year — that’s 38,000 girls married today, and 13 girls married in the last 30 seconds."

    Freida Pinto joined other actresses Priyanka Chopra, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek, and Cate Blanchett to narrate GIRL RISING which recently premiered in Los Angeles and screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

    Sometimes it only takes a single person to start a revolution. This time, its a documentary film. GIRL RISING is the centerpiece of a campaign for girls' education. The film's message: "Educate Girls and you will change the world." A simple notion, yes, but in reality - not so simple.

    Millions of girls in developing countries face barriers to education that boys do not encounter. The film's campaign reports that 66 million school-age girls are not in school, 496 million girls over age 15 cannot read or write, and there are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school worldwide.

    They grow up in extreme poverty, they are subject to early and arranged marriages, they are child-slaves, they are victims of war, gender violence and discrimination, and much more.  

    The film is directed by Academy Award nominee director Richard E. Robbins, with a team of filmmakers to tell the stories of 9 girls from 9 countries, written by 9 writers,...

  • March 29, 2013 - Happy Birthday March Fong Eu!

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Update: Memorial services are being held on Wednesday January 10, 2018 to celebrate Honorable March Fong Eu's life at 10AM (PST) at Chapel of the Chimes, at 4488 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California.

     

    March 29, 2013

    Happy Birthday to March Fong Eu, a truly great lady. Today, March 29, the former U.S. Ambassador to Micronesia and Secretary of State of California turns 91. 

    Happy Birthday March! (LtoR) Suyin Fong Stein, March Fong Eu, Suzanne Joe Kai Photo by May Hsu March 23, 2013   

    Last Saturday, her daughter Suyin and I celebrated her birthday early. Dr. Eu is in good heatlh, and maintains her natural sense of humor. (Click on the blue headline above to the full story)

    As a successful Asian American in the public eye for decades as well as being a female in the male dominated world of politics, Dr. Eu has been one of the most popular political figures in California history.

    She has inspired generations of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. She has always had a strong connection to serve the 'common man.' For decades, her official government office staff whisked her from event to event by limousine and plane, yet she's equally comfortable just getting on a public bus. 

    Senator Edward Kennedy with Honorable March Fong EuDr. Eu was elected Secretary of State of California in 1974, becoming the first Asian American woman ever elected to a state constitutional office in the United States. 

    Dr. Eu was elected Secretary of State five times, and the only woman to be elected to that position until 2006.

    In 1978, she won in a landslide, winning every single county, including the traditionally Republican stronghold of Orange County, becoming one of only four Democrats to ever win the county in a statewide race in the past half century. 

    She succeeded Jerry Brown who was Secretary of State from 1971 to 1975. Prior to her successful election for Secretary of State, in 1966, Dr. Fong was elected to four terms to the California State Assembly from...

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