PARAGRAPHGuy Takeo Kawasaki [2] [3] born August 30, is an American marketing specialist, author, and Silicon Valley venture capitalist. From March until December , Kawasaki sat on the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees, the non-profit operating entity of Wikipedia. His father, Duke, once served as a fireman, real estate broker, state senator, and government official while his mother was a housewife. Kawasaki graduated from Stanford University in with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Kawasaki observed, "The jewelry business is a very, very tough business, tougher than the computer business I learned a very valuable lesson: how to sell.