Apr 242013
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Thirty years ago, Guy Kawasaki went to work for a computer company that was trying to change the business with a product named after a fruit. Since helping launch the Macintosh computer, Kawasaki has been a venture capitalist, an author and a business consultant.

We’ve invited Kawasaki to answer three questions about L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. Hubbard’s story is told in a new book by Lawrence Wright, called .

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

And now, the game where we ask interesting people about things that do not interest them in the least. Thirty years ago, Guy Kawasaki went to work for a computer company that was trying to change the business with a product named after a fruit.

Since helping launch the Macintosh Computer, Guy Kawasaki has been a venture capitalist, an author, a business consultant. We are delighted to have him here, because we’ve got some complaints about the reception on our iPhones. Guy Kawasaki, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

GUY KAWASAKI: Thank you. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So you, as a young man, out of Stanford, I guess, went to work for Apple. Back when, like 1980, around then?

KAWASAKI: 1983.

SAGAL: 1983. And what was it like then? I mean it wasn’t the huge, you know, planet-devouring behemoth that it is now.

(LAUGHTER)

KAWASAKI: Well, it was still quite successful. It was a hot company in Silicon Valley. Believe it or not, you know, back then the state of the art of computer interfaces was pretty much plain old letters, you know, ASCII letters. And so to have a mouse and to have a button and to be able to draw and paint in multiple fonts, it was a religious experience.

SAGAL: Really?

KAWASAKI: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

KAWASAKI: It’s not unlike being on WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

SAGAL: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: You really are a dork, sir, if that’s…

(LAUGHTER)

 

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