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What do people use to get stuff done?

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki

Venture capitalist, entrepreneur

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am a founding partner and entrepreneur-in-residence at Garage Technology Ventures as well as the co-founder of Alltop.com. You can read my no-bull-shiitake bio for more details. In a nutshell, I was Apple's software evangelist for Macintosh from 1983 to 1987, and I've been living off this reputation for twenty-three years.

What hardware do you use?

Most of the time I schlep a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Magic Mouse except when the Magic Mouse is losing its Bluetooth connection--which is all the time. At home I have stationary Macs in two rooms: a Mac Pro with 30 inch Apple Cinema Display in my home office and a 24-inch iMac in the family room. I hate having to carry a computer when I go from room to room. Incidentally, the current iMacs are the best computers I've ever owned.

I primarily use an iPhone 3GS although if/when my Nexus One can sync my calendar, I will use that more. There's a lot to like in the Nexus One. I will probably get an iPad when it's available. I will use it when I'm on my stationary bike because a MacBook is too big and an iPhone is too small for that circumstance. There's a market for Apple: people on stationary bikes.

And what software?

On my Macs, the applications that I use the most are Mail, iCal, LightRoom, BBEdit, MarsEdit, TextExpander, TweetDeck, PowerPoint, Word, Firefox, Google Chrome, Alltock, Evernote, Preview, and DropBox. On my iPhone, I use Tweetie, TripIt, Evernote, Ego, Analytics, and You're #1. You can read more gory details about my favorite apps.

I spend much of my day looking for good content for HolyKaw. The most important sites for this endeavor are Alltop, SmartBrief, and StumbleUpon. It takes a lot of effort to be fascinating 365 days a year...

What would be your dream setup?

13-inch MacBook Pro with a battery that lasted six hours when WiFi and Bluetooth are turned on. Is this too much to ask? Vaios have been doing it for years. Does Steve ever use a MacBook when it's not plugged in?

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