FARGO - Due to a family emergency, Guy Kawasaki was forced to cancel his trip to Fargo Friday, Dec. 6, for a speech at North Dakota State University.

According to organizers, an attempt will be made to reschedule and updates will be emailed to those with tickets.


Guy Kawasaki, the former chief evangelist for Apple, will talk about “The Art of Innovation” on Friday, Dec. 6, at North Dakota State University’s Barry Hall in downtown Fargo.

The free event at 811 2nd Ave. N. is sponsored by Fargo-based biotech firm Aldevron.

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Kawasaki’s presentation to students from NDSU, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College, and members of the community, runs 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and includes a question and answer session.

Seating in the Ag Country Auditorium is already spoken for, but there are about 90 overflow seats available in the building’s mezzanine with a live feed from the auditorium, Aldevron spokeswoman Ellen Shafer said Thursday, Dec. 5.


Kawasaki is currently the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is also a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. He started at Apple in 1983 and was the company’s chief evangelist for four years. He also was a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. He is the author of "The Art of the Start 2.0," "The Art of Social Media," "Enchantment" and 12 other books.

Aldevron got its start on the NDSU campus in 1998. Co-founders Michael Chambers and John Ballentyne started the company in a lab the size of a closet in NDSU’s Van Es Hall. Since then, Aldevron has experienced tremendous growth and is now in the middle of building the second of four buildings on their 14-acre campus in south Fargo, growing their overall space to more than 500,000 square feet.