This is a speech I gave at UC Berkeley last week about life, love, working at Intel and more…
What do you think?
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people read Okdork everyday!
Nice pearl snap shirt.
It is my grandfathers=)
Simply put….best 20 minutes of my day…if not week
Thank you for the kind words Brian. I thought it was pretty entertaining. I was surprised how I sound/look on video. My hair was definitely not working that night but besides that it was fun:)
Noah, you rock! Seriously, you did a great job!
The ‘bed-head’ (you have that expression in the States, right?) didn’t detract from the content and style – sweet stuff my friend!
My assistant tells me of for swearing during my presentations/training as well…
For an evening talk at a college, this was pretty good. What was the context? It sounded like a good turnout.
The event was supposed to be a panel on technology and business from csba.berkeley.edu (computer science and business association, a club I started) and groups.haas.berkeley.edu/aba (asian business association). When we arrived they said we each are speaking for 15-20 minutes and this is what I rambled about. It is kind of a trip for me to realize how much I have gone through/done in just 2 years out of college. I guess what is more exciting is what’s next…
It was very entertaining/informative/inspiring. We’d love to have you back again another time.
Awesome vid. You weren’t the person I was expecting at all. I think you come off a lot dorkier on your site, ha ha.
The presentation was real, informative, and engaging.
Keep knocking on doors, kick’n em in and gett’n through them!
Great vid, very insightful! I could not agree with you more, big company = cog in wheel! Long live the entrepreneurs!
Laura, I would love to go back and speak anytime. I really enjoy attention so more speaking the better=P
Justin, I am not sure to laugh or be sad=) I guess I will take it politely and try harder to keep it real on my site and not be so dorky. I have noticed that a lot of the people I meet from there blogs are dorkier in real life. Maybe I need to tone up my blog. I guess since I started getting more readers I have toned it down. Relating back to my how not to be a pussy post. I will try harder.
Susan my friend forever, You are great. Knock knock?
Awesome. Noah, you are a true maverick / pioneer .
it was pretty much amazing
The joke you didn’t get was “If you want to be an accountant, go join their club and be their treasurer”. I thought that was hilarious!
Seriously, I really enjoyed this presentation. Inspiring to an older than 27 entrepreneur.
nice speech, very animated, I can help to get the word out about Mint if you like
i loved it, although, you could lay off of us accountants for a change
You gave a nice talk there. I actually watched the whole thing. Now I wanna be you when I grow up.
Still on the burrito kick, huh? Just had Chipotle here. =)
Thanks assclown. Too bad I want to be you Aaron when I grow up:)
Any ideas on how to get this out to more college students? Even though it is my “speciality” I wondered what you thought….
Great public speaking gig. You were engaging (immediately), walked around, great hand gesturing… and held everyone’s attention. Nice job. Do you do a lot of public speaking?
Thanks Doug. I LOVE public speaking. I would love to find more gigs if they were available. Any ideas?
I’m preparing for doing some tours here locally in Indiana on blogging/corporate blogging. Nothing too spectacular, just 45 min or so in a 8 hour “Web Intro” tour.
Perhaps you can do some gigs like that local to you. I had an Internet firm seek me out because of my blog’s traction here in the area.
The other idea you may think about is a vlog. There’s not too many good ones around. I’ve just started using Democracy a few weeks ago and I’m hooked… GeekBrief TV, zefrank, and TWiT. There’s not too many good ones out there!
Good job Noah! You make the viewers feel at ease.
I really enjoyed this and it’s exactly what the college folks need to hear. You da man.
It kicked ass. But we know this already.
- congrats on Mint. it sounds pretty sexy. I’d definitely, definitely use it.
- you could put together a video series you show online. for the really good, uncensored stuff, you sell it for like $5 a download. get on the conference / speaking circuit through the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Center. deep pockets, wide influence.
Awesome speech, Noah
Indeed, “Start Now” is the best advice you can give to any apiring entrepreneur.
P.S. I like Doug’s idea on vLog–maybe you can do a weekly or monthly OkDorknation or Noahnation kinda vpodcasting gig…
I could create more videos I guess. What would people want to hear about? What do I even know=P
Maybe a vLog but I emailed Doug I wonder about the time commitment and such…
SICK speech Noah. i agree with Doug, you should really consider doing a vLog. I’d watch. religously.
I would highly consider doing a vLog if
a) there were specific topics to cover
You tell me what you would want to hear me babble about…
How about the art of blogging?
The reason I dont blog is coz I think i would get offensive on my readers
I can’t help you there because I don’t blog=)
Check this post out: http://okdork.com/2006/08/14/i-am-not-a-blogger/
Noah is the next Anthony Robbins.
My bad. You are not a blogger. But seriously…think how much money u can make if u went around the country and taught fat cats who want to be bloggers.
Every CEO wants to do it. This is the new conversation at the country club after a round of golf and caviar.
2 CEO’s meet at a country club:
George: Henry, how is the portfolio doing with the recent bull market?
Henry: By George, pardon my Scandinavian, but fuck the stock market. I am now a blogger.
Henry: Blogger! dear George..Blogger… This is Web 2.0
George: When was web 1.0 over?
Henry: Excuse me George, but I rather keep company with Jeremiah and Wilson. Your CEO days are over.
George: Henry..wait…I want to be a booger too…sorry Blogger. What do i do?
Henry: Well, for a start, you can read okdork.com. See, this guy called Noah is not a blogger but a champion of thoughts. Anyway George, I have to run. The trophy is waiting.
George: Trophy from your golf tournament?
Henry: No silly, the trophy wife.
George: Giggles. Toot-a-loo.
Henry: Dude!! You need to either start blogging or read some blogs. You are so out of touch with the lingo. Later ma brother!
You know what would be so sweet? If you had a podcast I could listen to. You know, when I drive to work or walk to class… man, that’s such a good idea.
lots of bum bum kissing comments but it was a great talk so you deserve them. *mooch*
Noah, I think you should record your calls to customer service reps using HotRecorder and make them into podcasts. Illegal, but it would be hysterical. Poor TMobile, seriously.
In other news, you look suspiciously like a possum playing dead in the freeze fame thumbnail of the video. Coincidence, or is there a message in this?
For those who weren’t there, I saw Noah’s performance in person, as well as the cult wannabes who surrounded him afterwards. Serious David Koresh potential. Consider yourselves forewarned.
David Koresh potential??
I am already IN. I will die for Noah Kagan. Noah is the shiznit.
I am building a house for my guru in Waco as we speak. He requested the mansion to be filled with 88 virgins and a mac laptop. All he wants to do is make sweet love, sew the royal oats and blog. What a simple man.
i saw this on google video before you blogged.
what a coincidence cos i had a public speaking gig at a high school here in Singapore last saturday and was wondering if you do the same. =D Awesome presentation, what did you those attendees eat? they were giggling throughout and really enjoyed your company eh..
I seriously love everyone of you. I love helping others/public speaking but always question people who give advice/speeches who have not accomplished much. I want to get a few more wins underneath my belt before I “hit” the circuit.
I try my best to keep it real=)
Seriously, all of you rock!
“I want to get a few more wins underneath my belt before I â€œhitâ€? the circuit.”
I guess you won’t be invited to speak at Intel anytime soon, but sounds like you have a really wonderful thing going on with MyMint. Good luck to that.
Dude, Sri, you really crack me up, maybe you and Noah can do a “Noah & Sri Show” (sorta like web version of Wayne’s World)
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Honestly, one of the greatest rewards I can get is someone telling someone else about that site. Thank you for sharing this post with friends.
I got asked what are some of the domains I mention:
mymint.com, free online money management. I work there.
noahkagan.com, my personal cheesy bio site.
okdork.com, you are there, nice.
hfgconsulting.com, a business I started in college
ninjacard.com, a student discount card I ran for 2 years
I love how natural and honest your presentation is. Good work, glad I could enjoy it!
Noah, you kickass! I want to get into tech and entrepreneurship too!! But I need to find work in the Tech arena.. ahh!
How many rounds of interviews at Goog??? OUCH!
Great talk….your very natural. Public speaking terrifies me. LOL.
I like how you threw “recursion” in there
hahaha. nice video. wonder who organized the event. =P
Yes Joanne:) I owe it to you. Nice job setting up the event.
Wow! I just randomly stumbled across your page while searching (Google) for a topic for a special occasion speech I have to give in my public speaking class.. I absolutely loved this, really helped me as well; lately, I have been feeling very overwhelmed with the full load I am taking at school, but this speech has given me the wake-up call I was in need of (back to the books I go)! You are awesome, keep doing what you do!
I met you once at an intel thing ( carrie’s birthday) at suite 181, and sounds like you’re up to something interesting I also got ” rejected at Google”.. which I think is something alot of us Berkeley grads have gone through, but nevertheless, seems like it’s brought out the best in all of us hahaha. I’m going to begin my foray into product management at eBay ( strange for an english major I guess.) but I’m happy.
Great video – I watched all of it and it is definitely motivation that I needed. You should come speak at JMU!
Natural, great hi energy stuff that is Noah rite?…I pray no1 from Intel sees this
Haha, and how long ago was this posted? Regardless, I found this now and thought your speech was very entertaining. I’m almost motivated to take up business.
Noah – Come to Cornell! Let me know and I will get it set up.
Hi Noah – uh, first-time watcher, long-time listener? Yeah, uh, hey, just wanted to say, love your show, I love you, keep doing what you’re doing, and how do you stay so peppy and energetic? I’ll take my question off the air. Thanks!
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Noah, you embody ‘the cult of done manifesto’ and I love you for it.
Awesome. Noah is highly Interactive always and ofcourse cool!
Great stuff Noah! You asked about what to talk about? I wonder if you always had this energy, enthusiasm, like “in your face” type of character I think you do a pretty awesome job simplifying what others may take as complex but i feel is due your positive attitude more than anything. How did you trained yourself to be so awesome!?
Cool talk very engaging. Great to finally hear your back story as well.
I’m having some problems with Excel…. I hear you’re an Excel jedi master… Can you tutor me?
Seriously – dig this. Charming, impressive and enlightening.
Great talk. I’m a couple of years out of college now and I know that Noah is right on the money with what he says.
Marco Sanchez here, if you remember
I love when people genuinely talk about themselves. I believe in the theory that if your friend is happy your own happiness goes up by 50%, and if his friend is happy your own happiness goes up by 25% and so on.
You’re really engaging and spoke ‘to’ your audience rather than talk down to them.
i tumbled upon this site and then this video and it was totally hilarious! i love the word u coined “sucki-less”
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