8 quotes from past BRAND MINDS Speakers

Quote from past BRAND MINDS speaker Gary Vaynerchuk:

”My experience with BRAND MINDS was A plus!” –

Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO VaynerMedia, Entrepreneur & Investor – BRAND MINDS 2017, 2020, 2022

Gary is an entrepreneur at heart – he builds businesses. The founder of a digital empire – Gary is also the CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 1000 clients from 4 offices spread across the globe: New York, Los Angeles, London and Singapore.

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Quote from past BRAND MINDS speaker Dan Ariely

“BRAND MINDS has been a very wonderful experience!”

Dan Ariely, Renowned Behavioural Economics Expert – BRAND MINDS 2022

Selected in the Top 50 Most Influential Thinkers, an elite international ranking featuring individuals with “the ability to move markets or shape ideas and policies”, Dan Ariely is one of the most influential authorities in behavioural economics in the world.

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Quote from past BRAND MINDS speaker Seth Godin

”Some of the biggest marketing and thinking minds are at BRAND MINDS, talking about the future!”

Seth Godin, World-Famous Business Expert – BRAND MINDS 2018

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 20 best-selling books, including The DipLinchpinPurple CowTribes, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn).

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Quote from past BRAND MINDS speaker Mark Manson

“BRAND MINDS has been fantastic! It’s been professional from beginning to end.”

Mark Manson, Bestselling Author & Entrepreneur – BRAND MINDS 2020, 2022

Mark Manson is a 3x New York Times bestselling author. His books have sold over 14 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 65 languages and hit bestseller lists in sixteen different countries. Will, his 2021 book which he wrote in collaboration with Hollywood star Will Smith about his life story, became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Oprah Winfrey said, “It’s the best memoir I’ve ever read.” The book won Mark the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement. His first book The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck was the most-read non-fiction book worldwide in 2017, according to Amazon Charts.

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Quote from past BRAND MINDS speaker Grant Cardone

”If you get a chance to come to this event, stop with the crazy! Get on the front row!”

Grant Cardone, World-Famous Sales Expert – BRAND MINDS 2019

Grant Cardone has 35 years of selling experience, owns & operates 7 privately held companies that do almost $100 million in annual sales. He was named one of the top 10 CEOs to follow on social media and is an international social media influencer with over 15,000,000 followers, fans and connections.

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Quote from past BRAND MINDS speaker Guy Kawasaki

”BRAND MINDS is a very cool conference, great technology, a lovely audience and lots of good speakers!”

Guy Kawasaki, Brand Expert & Bestselling Author – BRAND MINDS 2019

Guy Kawasaki is the world’s first Chief Evangelist. Apple has one of the strongest brand community relationships in the world thanks to Guy and his innovative work. His honesty and transparency about Apple facilitated a lifelong relationship between the brand and its customers who became evangelists themselves. He is the bestselling author of 15 books among which the most popular are ‘Wise Guy’, ‘The Art of the Start 2.0’, ‘The Art of Social Media’, and ‘Enchantment’.

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Quote from past BRAND MINDS speaker Jonah Berger

“BRAND MINDS is an amazing event! It’s rare to see a set of a line-up of speakers that’s this powerful.”

Jonah Berger, Viral Marketing Expert – BRAND MINDS 2022

He was named one of the top 30 leaders in business by the American Management Association and one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine. Jonah Berger is a Marketing Professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of 3 international bestsellers: ContagiousInvisible influence and The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind.

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Quote from past BRAND MINDS speaker Yuval Noah Harari

”I am grateful to BRAND MINDS for providing such a prominent stage!”

Yuval Noah Harari, Bestselling Author & World Famous Historian – BRAND MINDS 2019

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of the best-sellers Sapiens, Homo Deus and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. ‘Sapiens’ was in the top 3 of The New York Times Best Seller list for 96 consecutive weeks. His books have sold over 40 million copies in 65 languages and were recommended by Barack Obama and Bill Gates.

Guy Kawasaki helps startup founders become successful

Guy Kawasaki is one of the best brand experts and he was a keynote speaker at BRAND MINDS 2019.

Find out more about him in the video below!

BRAND MINDS 2019: What You’ve Missed

BRAND MINDS 2019 has just ended and it was an amazing event!

Our 7th edition of BRAND MINDS filled Sala Palatului to capacity: 4200 people breathing in unison.

They were entrepreneurs, CEOs, middle managers, salespersons, trainers, marketers etc – World-Changers each and every one of them!



If you didn’t attend our conference this year,

here’s what you’ve missed:

  • One full-day of intensive business strategy training;
  • A live experience like you’ve never seen before;
  • Learning how to take your business to the next level;
  • Opportunity for high-level networking through the BRAND MINDS app;
  • Making new connections;
  • Laughs, good food and great energy on and off the stage;
  • A life-changing experience overall.



18 Insightful Takeaways from BRAND MINDS 2019

Each and every one of our speakers has delivered amazing keynotes pack-full with actionable insights, inspiration and tips & trick to advance your business, your career and personal development.

Here are a few of the most insightful takeaways from BRAND MINDS 2019:



The Power of Persuasion

  1. People want more of those things they can have less of;
  2. If you mention a weakness in your speech, people will find you trustworthy;
  3. Pre-suasion is the practice of getting people sympathetic to your message before they experience it.



High Performance in Sales

  1. Branding should come before advertising;
  2. Wherever your attention goes is where your money goes;
  3. People buy from people they know. Not people they trust.




Banish Your Inner Critic: Transform Self-Talk To Elevate Performance

  1. Our brains are actually one of the biggest untapped resources on the planet;
  2. The inner critic is actually a protective mechanism;
  3. Creativity feels a lot like magic, but it isn’t.



Inner Mastery. Outer Impact.

  1. The more you operate from your inner core, the more you create the conditions for outer impact;
  2. To be true to yourself, you should be able to freely express yourself: thoughts, feelings, values, personality, desire;
  3. Commit yourself to a journey of continual learning and growth – to awaken to your true self.



The Art of Innovation

  1. Great products and great people polarize people;
  2. Changing your mind is a sign of strength and cleverness;
  3. Innovation is a process. Not an event.



The End of Homo Sapiens: When do humans cease being human?

  1. Many people confuse the brain with the mind;
  2. It’s easier to manipulate a system than to understand it;
  3. In the future, your mobile phone can be incorporated into your body with functions as analyzing your emotions, feelings, your state of the body. We will operate with 2 brains, your current one plus the bionic brain.



Goodbye BRAND MINDS 2019 – Hello BRAND MINDS 2020

For the past four editions, our conference has been sold out 3 months in advance leaving many people joining the waiting list in the hope that someone will not be able to attend the event and relinquish their ticket.

To make sure we meet the ever-growing demand for tickets to our conference, we changed the location and date of BRAND MINDS 2020.

Date: 4th of May
Location: Romexpo
Participants expected: +6000

BRAND MINDS 2020 – Confirmed Speakers

Malcolm Gladwell – World’s Top Journalist
Martin Lindstrom – World’s Top Marketing Expert
Michio Kaku – World’s Top Scientist

More Guest Star Speakers to be announced soon!

In the following months, we will update our speakers’ lineup so follow our social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedInYouTube, Instagram, Twitter) to be the first to know!

Join us in our mission of Uniting the Business World and enjoy a life-changing business experience!


Guy Kawasaki at BRAND MINDS

Come and See Guy Kawasaki Live at BRAND MINDS 2019!

Guy Kawasaki is one of the best brand experts and he was a keynote speaker at BRAND MINDS 2019.

BRAND MINDS is The Central and European Business Summit taking place in Bucharest, Romania.

Guy Kawasaki is the Brand Expert of Canva and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was the Brand Expert of Apple that enforced and maintained the Macintosh cult for years.

In 2013, Guy Kawasaki became a special advisor for the CEO of  Google’s Motorola division. Two years later, in 2015 he was appointed to the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Kawasaki is charismatic, open and honest, often breaking myths on business and entrepreneurship. He helps first-time startup founders and all aspiring entrepreneurs understand the nitty-gritty of entrepreneurship with humour and witty comparisons.

Best-Selling Author of 8 Books on Entrepreneurship

Guy Kawasaki wrote 13 books of which 8 are focused on marketing, communication, business development and entrepreneurship.

Here they are:

1. How to Drive Your Competition Crazy

Whether you are launching a new product or service or trying to hold your own against a competitor with greater resources, this is a comprehensive blueprint for success because Guy delivers on the promise that the best defence is a good offence.

2. Selling the Dream

Selling the Dream is a handbook and workbook for putting evangelism into action. Kawasaki charts a complete blueprint for the beginning evangelist that covers such topics as how to define a cause, how to identify good and bad enemies, how to deliver an effective presentation, and how to find, train and recruit new evangelists.

3. Rules for Revolutionaries

Rules for Revolutionaries explains how to create products and services and introduce them to the marketplace. The intended reader is anyone who wants to catalyse innovation and change. Many large companies have used the book to re-energize their product development and research functions.

4. Reality Check

This book is a compilation of Guy’s best wisdom, wit, and contrarian opinions in handy book form. From competition to customer service, innovation to marketing, he shows readers how to ignore fads and foolishness while sticking to common-sense practices.

5. Enchantment

Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update. And when done right, it’s more powerful than traditional persuasion, influence, or marketing techniques.

6. APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur–How to Publish a Book

APE is 300 pages of tactical and practical inspiration. People who want a hype-filled, get-rich-quick book should look elsewhere. If you want a comprehensive and realistic guide to self-publishing, APE is for you.

7. The Art of Social Media

To write this book, Guy teamed up with Peg Fitzpatrick, a social media expert. With over one hundred practical tips, tricks, and insights, Guy and Peg present a bottom-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social media platforms.

8. The Art of the Start 2.0

This book is the de-facto standard for learning how to start a company. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, small-business owner, intrapreneur, or not-for-profit leader, there’s an over-abundance of advice. The Art of the Start 2.0 solves that problem by distilling Guy’s decades of experience as one of the most hardworking and irreverent people in business.


Serial Startup Entrepreneur

His time with Apple inspired him to change his life and turn to entrepreneurship and the world of business.

Here are the companies which Guy Kawasaki co-founded:

1995Fog City Software, a company that developed email software for Macintosh

1998Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm that has made investments in Pandora Radio, Tripwire, The Motley Fool and D.light Design.

2007Nononina, the owner of Alltop, a website that provides information collected from news websites and blogs.

2007Truemors, a website that allows users to post information about people and events and have them rated by viewers; acquired by NowPublic, a global crowdsourcing social news website of ordinary citizens.


Guy Kawasaki at BRAND MINDS 2019

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist

I’m a marketer. Hopefully I can recognize visions that can sell.

Guy Kawasaki

Although he defines himself as a marketer first and foremost, Guy has found a new passion and career: investing in startups. As a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, he is always on the lookout for the next Google or YouTube or CISCO.

He listened to many aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their startups ideas and turned his experience into easy to implement recommendations on how to deliver a successful pitch.

A very necessary skill for young entrepreneurs: brevity and speed. You must do everything fast and to the point.

Here are the organizations that Guy has invested in or advises:

  • Evernote is a suite of software and services that allow users to capture, organize, and find information across multiple platforms; the company is valued at $1B and raised $290M.
  • BagTheWeb offers a service that allows users to organize the links they find most interesting into a cohesive unit.
  • Enthrill Distribution is a digital rights management platform for publishers, providing device-agnostic, direct delivery of eBooks to consumers; it raised $4.2M.
  • Paper.li is a content curation service; it raised CHF150K.
  • Sixense has designed the ideal control platform for interacting intuitively with digital media in homes worldwide.
  • TicketLeap, an online ticketing platform enabling event organizers to sell, market and manage their events in one place; it raised $10.3M.
  • uStream provides a live interactive broadcast platform, acquired by IBM, raised $103.8M
  • Visible Measures provides internet video publishers and advertisers with solutions that help measure the video-content consumption of users; it was acquired by AcuityAds and raised $71.8M.

As a long time entrepreneur, innovative marketer and venture capitalist, here are 6 pieces of knowledge for startup founders:

  1. The two essential roles in a startup – someone who can make the product and someone who can sell it.
  2. It’s the soft skills that are hard to learn, not the hard stuff. You can always hire an accountant.
  3. Put aside market-driven data and create the product you want to use.
  4. Sales fixes everything.
  5. The purpose of any company is to create customers and to create customers you need to finish your prototype. So focus on finishing your prototype and creating customers.
  6. The opposite of success should be learning.


Guy Kawasaki – the Apple Evangelist

The tech evangelist is ‘a person who builds up support for a given technology, and then establishes it as a standard in the given industry.’ (venturebeat.com)

In Guy’s own words, evangelism means having the other person’s best interest at heart.

He was the first to coin the term and the first to take on the role of Chief Evangelist. Apple owes its strong relationship with the Apple community to Guy and his innovative work.

He described his role at Apple as “to protect and preserve the MacIntosh cult by doing whatever I had to do.” Through his activities, he managed to influence and inspire the Apple community at a time when the company’s image was on a downward spiral.

One of the successful strategies he used in his new role was the EvangeList, a mailing list that brought together all Apple fans around the world with the purpose to support and defending Apple’s products and brand image. At that time, it was an innovative approach that completely changed how organizations handled PR and communication.

His honesty and transparency about Apple facilitated a lifelong relationship between the brand and its customers who became evangelists themselves.

In 2014, he resumed his role as Chief Evangelist for Canva, an innovative graphic design platform that acquired 10 million clients in 10 years without any paid advertising (learn how by reading our article).

Everyone in the company should be evangelistic.

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is a family man, an inspired marketer, a best-selling author and a successful venture capitalist.

In his spare time, he likes to go surfing and play ice-hockey.

In a New York Times interview, he was asked what he would like people to say about him.

This is what he answered:

I hope that people say I was a good husband and father. After that, I hope that they say I empowered entrepreneurs to make

the world a better place. After that, I hope that some people say that they’re glad I’m gone because they don’t have to worry about me tripping them on the ice.

Guy Kawasaki

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