After online reports that former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki “snubbed” his former employer by using a ThinkPad for his presentation at an IBM event earlier this week, Kawasaki has laughed off reports he has turned against Apple and Macintosh, calling such reports farfetched.
“I’m getting a lot of hate e-mail because of this crazy situation, so I guess people need to know what really happened,” Kawasaki told
magazine. “The guys who reported this in the first place never even bothered to contact me to find out what happened.”
The first report of the news came from
on Tuesday in an article
written by Tom Spring. Various Mac news Web sites then reported the facts as described by Spring.
reported the news on Wednesday, and reported Kawasaki’s use of a ThinkPad was due to problems in getting his PowerBook to interface with the audio/visual system at the conference hall and not because he has personally switched to a Windows-based laptop. Kawasaki now says IBM asked him to not use his PowerBook because of the impression it might give to those on hand.
“So I said fine, I’ll transfer my presentation on to a ThinkPad,” Kawasaki commented. “I never use Windows but even I can use a spacebar to scroll through a PowerPoint document.”
“Suddenly I’ve been portrayed as Idi Amin and Saddam Hussein all rolled into one!” Kawasaki said. He commented that he would like to do some public speaking for Apple, but hasn’t been asked in a number of years. “But if I did, I certainly wouldn’t turn up with a ThinkPad!” he said.
Kawasaki, served as chief evangelist for Apple from 1995 to 1998, and is the founder and CEO of Garage.com, a venture capital investment bank that provides funding services for high technology and life sciences startups.