Internet evangelist brings message of hope
July 11, 2005
BY MICHAEL KRAUSS
I get the grins just
knowing Internet evangelist Guy Kawasaki is in town. I get happy.
Things seem brighter. Kawasaki is a refreshing ray of California
is the product evangelist who popularized Apple's revolutionary
Macintosh computer. He's authored eight books, and served as spokesperson
for the Internet boom.
Along the way he launched
an early stage venture firm called Garage Technology Ventures.
Kawasaki is here to
speak at AD:TECH, which convenes today at the Sheraton Chicago
Hotel. Kawasaki will focus on revolutionary change in the advertising
He'll face a friendly
audience of leading advertisers, ad agency executives and technologists
who are reshaping the world of advertising.
With the arrival of
Google and TiVo, they know the days of dominance of traditional
30-second, mass- media television advertising are over. The promised
Internet revolution in media is upon us. It's a revolution Kawasaki
predicted years ago.
worry, be crappy
bytes of advice are legendary, fun and insightful. Who else could
tell a crowd of conventioneers, "don't worry, be crappy"
and earn applause, plus a well-deserved paycheck.
Kawasaki's point is
this: When you have a new business idea with revolutionary impact,
it can have flaws. Change it along the way. Don't let the need
for perfection inhibit your entrepreneurial zeal. It's merely
one of many pearls Kawasaki will offer.
Kawasaki has advice
for Chicago's tech community, which routinely complains that the
lack of seed-stage venture capital stifles entrepreneurship.
go, they always say there's not enough early stage money,"
says Kawasaki. "That's true in Menlo Park, Calif. There's
early stage money if you have a good idea."
To stimulate entrepreneurship,
Kawasaki suggests investing in schools of engineering.
"If you get engineering,
you'll get entrepreneurs," he says. "They'll come up
with companies. Then venture capitalists swoop in. Lawyers show
up. Everything else happens."
Those freshly minted
Internet millionaires at Google in Mountain View know exactly
what Kawasaki's talking about.
on top 100 list. . .again
Sanjiv Anand, 52, chief
technology officer of Lincolnshire-based Hewitt Associates, is
Anand's company was
named to Computerworld magazine's list of 100 best places to work
in IT for the sixth consecutive year.
When you think of Chicago's
tech community, you don't think of Hewitt as an IT powerhouse.
Yet the global HR outsourcing firm does cutting-edge software
development employing nearly 1,800 technologists in the Chicago
"From 2003 to
2005 we had 9 percent growth in tech jobs," says Anand who
expects continued growth this year.
He's looking for application
developers, systems integration specialists and professionals
to run technology infrastructure.
"The area we're
doing the most exciting work is putting together tools that help
employees navigate the complex health care system," says
Hewitt manages the
employee benefits programs for clients such as Abbott Labs, Donnelley
and McDonald's. Anand builds portals that provide their employees
"Our goal is to
make sure employees are picking the right health plans for their
needs," says Anand.
He wants to assure
they have the required information at their fingertips to pick
the right doctor and gather the right information in the event
of an illness.
is to make the world a better place to work," says Anand.
to achieve that goal has kept Anand at Hewitt for 25 years.
It's also helped him
make Hewitt's technology group a great place to work.
Kastrul, co-founder of i. c. Stars, hosts her third annual
Big Bang event today at Northwestern University's Law School.
NU computer science professor, Kris Hammond keynotes
the event, which focuses on defining the shape of tomorrow's IT
organization. I. c. Stars provides technology and leadership training
for inner-city adults.
Mikolajczyk, founder of Catalyst Capital Management,
and Rus Zitny, COO of LTW, were appointed to
the board of the Illinois Technology Development Alliance last
Krauss is a Chicago area tech writer and consultant.