Noah’s Ultimate Speech at UC Berkeley

Noah’s Ultimate Speech at UC Berkeley

This is a speech I gave at UC Berkeley last week about life, love, working at Intel and more…

This is one of my first speeches…ever. You can briefly see my friend Tim Ferriss on the side. He was nice enough to let me use his camera. Unfortunately, it ran out of tape from his speech :O Fortunately, he’s a bad ass and has done a few more speeches since then!

What do you think?

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73 responses to β€œNoah’s Ultimate Speech at UC Berkeley”

Joel Alain
January 31, 2014 at 11:43 pm

There is nothing more I love then going back in time and seeing how someone started, or how he was thinking back then etc and now because of the internet (and the fact that everything stays online forever), we have access to anybody’s story, at anytime. I checked recently Marie Forleo’s first website and videos, Mixergy’s Andrew Warners, etc. Once you see that, it’s encouraging and you understand that successful people started from zero like all of us and then slowly developed into what they are now.

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Sandy
September 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

You motivate me to be successful!!

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Roland
July 19, 2013 at 1:24 am

Truly enjoyed your presentation which I happened to come to by mere chance. I saw your post on the books that changed your life, so I can affirm that this was not a coincidence πŸ˜‰

Looking forward to learning more through and from you.

All the very best!
Roland
(Kuwait)

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Fatmir Qylafi
July 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

I study in England, high school equivalent. Considering to go to uni in US, reason: people are cooler, things move faster…this video reconfirmed that. Thanks Noah!

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Reema
February 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

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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Noah Kagan
February 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

πŸ™‚ thanks Reema. Email me again.

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Renee
October 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Noah,

You’re really engaging and spoke ‘to’ your audience rather than talk down to them.

Regards,
Renee

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Marco
July 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Hey Noah,
Marco Sanchez here, if you remember πŸ™‚

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.

Great talk.

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SR
December 12, 2011 at 11:23 pm

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.

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@tlbooey
October 13, 2011 at 12:40 am

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.

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Dan
September 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Cool talk very engaging. Great to finally hear your back story as well.

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elramirez
January 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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 πŸ™‚ 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!? πŸ™‚

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Mehul Patel
September 30, 2010 at 2:00 am

Awesome. Noah is highly Interactive always and ofcourse cool!

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@thomasknoll
September 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Noah, you embody ‘the cult of done manifesto’ and I love you for it.

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J.T.
December 12, 2008 at 12:55 am

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!

*click*

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Aniq Rahman
December 1, 2007 at 11:03 am

Noah – Come to Cornell! Let me know and I will get it set up.

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Ashley
October 6, 2007 at 7:39 pm

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.

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Mehul Patel
August 5, 2007 at 11:44 am

Natural, great hi energy stuff that is Noah rite?…I pray no1 from Intel sees this πŸ™‚

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Nick Bakewell
July 10, 2007 at 11:57 am

Great video – I watched all of it and it is definitely motivation that I needed. You should come speak at JMU!

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christine
June 14, 2007 at 10:30 pm

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.

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Colby
April 15, 2007 at 6:57 pm

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!

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Noah Kagan
March 20, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Yes Joanne:) I owe it to you. Nice job setting up the event.

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Joanne
March 19, 2007 at 10:51 pm

hahaha. nice video. wonder who organized the event. =P

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Joe Suh
March 1, 2007 at 6:03 pm

I like how you threw “recursion” in there πŸ˜‰

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Christie
March 1, 2007 at 9:23 am

How many rounds of interviews at Goog??? OUCH!

Great talk….your very natural. Public speaking terrifies me. LOL.

Ciao

Christie

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Dennis
February 28, 2007 at 11:59 pm

Noah, you kickass! I want to get into tech and entrepreneurship too!! But I need to find work in the Tech arena.. ahh!

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Matt Matteson
February 27, 2007 at 9:31 pm

I love how natural and honest your presentation is. Good work, glad I could enjoy it!

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Noah Kagan
February 27, 2007 at 11:05 am

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

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Jason H.
February 27, 2007 at 2:16 am

“I want to get a few more wins underneath my belt before I Ò€œhitÒ€? the circuit.”

RESPECT! Brotha πŸ™‚

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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noah kagan
February 27, 2007 at 1:50 am

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!

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bjorn
February 27, 2007 at 1:45 am

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.. πŸ˜‰

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sri
February 27, 2007 at 12:19 am

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.

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Tim Ferriss
February 27, 2007 at 12:13 am

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.

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Aaron
February 26, 2007 at 11:33 pm

Good Job!!!

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Cap
February 26, 2007 at 11:20 pm

lots of bum bum kissing comments but it was a great talk so you deserve them. *mooch*

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Devin
February 26, 2007 at 10:48 pm

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.

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sri
February 26, 2007 at 10:22 pm

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.

George: Booger?

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!

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Ankur
February 26, 2007 at 9:45 pm

Noah is the next Anthony Robbins.

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Noah Kagan
February 26, 2007 at 8:26 pm

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/

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sri
February 26, 2007 at 8:23 pm

How about the art of blogging?
The reason I dont blog is coz I think i would get offensive on my readers πŸ˜‰

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Noah Kagan
February 26, 2007 at 8:16 pm

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…

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Tony Chung
February 26, 2007 at 8:14 pm

SICK speech Noah. i agree with Doug, you should really consider doing a vLog. I’d watch. religously.

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Noah Kagan
February 26, 2007 at 7:31 pm

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…

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Jason H.
February 26, 2007 at 7:23 pm

Awesome speech, Noah πŸ™‚

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…

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Scott
February 26, 2007 at 7:21 pm

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.

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Daniel Elmore
February 26, 2007 at 7:18 pm

I really enjoyed this and it’s exactly what the college folks need to hear. You da man.

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sri
February 26, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Good job Noah! You make the viewers feel at ease.

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Doug Karr
February 26, 2007 at 6:05 pm

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!

Regards,
Doug

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Noah Kagan
February 26, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Thanks Doug. I LOVE public speaking. I would love to find more gigs if they were available. Any ideas?

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Doug Karr
February 26, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Noah,

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?

Regards,
Doug

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Noah Kagan
February 26, 2007 at 5:58 pm

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….

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People Search
February 26, 2007 at 5:36 pm

Still on the burrito kick, huh? Just had Chipotle here. =)

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Assclown Mcfartinstein
February 26, 2007 at 4:21 pm

You gave a nice talk there. I actually watched the whole thing. Now I wanna be you when I grow up. πŸ™‚

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Shivani
February 26, 2007 at 3:48 pm

i loved it, although, you could lay off of us accountants for a change πŸ™‚

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Devin
February 26, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Shit, teehee.

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Marshall Middle
February 26, 2007 at 2:53 pm

nice speech, very animated, I can help to get the word out about Mint if you like

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Izzy
February 26, 2007 at 2:52 pm

Well done!!

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Jon Speer
February 26, 2007 at 2:49 pm

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.

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Jon
February 26, 2007 at 2:32 pm

it was pretty much amazing

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Raphael Kang
February 26, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Awesome. Noah, you are a true maverick / pioneer .

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Noah Kagan
February 26, 2007 at 1:54 pm

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?

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Will
February 26, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Noah,
Great vid, very insightful! I could not agree with you more, big company = cog in wheel! Long live the entrepreneurs!

Will

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SusanJones (SixGunSusie)
February 26, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Mr. Dork,
The presentation was real, informative, and engaging.
Keep knocking on doors, kick’n em in and gett’n through them!

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Justin
February 26, 2007 at 1:48 pm

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.

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Laura
February 26, 2007 at 1:46 pm

It was very entertaining/informative/inspiring. We’d love to have you back again another time.

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Noah Kagan
February 26, 2007 at 1:36 pm

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…

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AdamD
February 26, 2007 at 1:33 pm

For an evening talk at a college, this was pretty good. What was the context? It sounded like a good turnout.

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DK
February 26, 2007 at 1:27 pm

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…

Peace

DK

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Cameron
February 26, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Noah, you rock! Seriously, you did a great job!

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Noah Kagan
February 26, 2007 at 12:09 pm

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:)

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Brian Balfour
February 26, 2007 at 12:07 pm

Simply put….best 20 minutes of my day…if not week

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Noah Kagan
February 26, 2007 at 12:06 pm

It is my grandfathers=)

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Noah Winecoff
February 26, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Nice pearl snap shirt.

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