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Craig Taro Gold - Craig Wylie

Gold at the opening of Art Basel Hong Kong 2013
November 1969 (age 50)
other names KinTarō (金太郎) (in Japan)
alma mater Soka University Tokyo, Japan
job Entertainer, author, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur
Years active 1980 - today
Open your mind, open your life
Lively Wabi Sabi
Mother's Tao
The Father's Tao
What is love?
The Diamond You
Website tarogold .com

Craig Taro Gold (born November 1969), known as Taro gold, is an American author, entertainer, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. He is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Open Your Mind, Open Your Life, and Living Wabi Sabi. He is co-author with Tina Turner and Regula Curti of Atria Books. Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life Forever. He is also the co-founder of a number of technology companies including eVoice, Teleo, and others.


Gold attended a Montessori educational academy and Torrey Pines High School in his hometown of Del Mar, California from the age of 2. At the age of 15, he spent an academic year as an AFS Intercultural Programs Fellow in Canberra and Brisbane, Australia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan, where he studied economics, psychology and philosophy in 1994 and graduated from Summa Cum Laude. Gold received the award for being the first American to graduate from Soka University. His postgraduate education included international relations and Spanish at the University of Salamanca in Spain and computer graphics and graphic design at UCLA.

Entertainment career

Gold's entertainment career began at a young age when he appeared in Broadway musicals as a child. He appeared on the first national tour of the Broadway musical Evita, directed by Hal Prince, between 1980 and 1982. At the age of 12, Gold left the cast after appearing more than 700 on the show.

In 1982, Gold was cast by director James Lapine in the Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical March of the Falsettos. Gold played the lead role of Jason, the son of Marvin and Trina (played by Michael Rupert and Melanie Chertoff). In 1983 Gold won a place in the original teenage troupe of The Groundlings, where he studied and performed improvisation at the prestigious Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. In 1984 he was cast as the leading actor by John in the world premiere of the musical Peter Pan at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Gold also worked as a voice-over talent for the Disney Channel, as a print model for PUMA sportswear and Versace men's underwear actor in Duncan Hines commercials, and appeared on an NBC television special with Clint Eastwood.

Gold (far left), which occurred in Tokyo in 2007

In Japan, Gold produced a 14-track solo album entitled The Diamond You, which was released in Asia by Virgin Music Japan in 2008 and made available around the world via iTunes, Spotify, Tidal and other streaming platforms since 2009. Most of the lyrics on the album were written by Gold with several songs co-authored by Gold as lyricist and music composed by Diane Warren, Robi Rosa, KC Porter, Ryo Aska and Aleks Syntek. Saxophonist Dave Koz, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and Grammy-winning bassist Mel Brown feature on the album, which was produced by an international team including Gold, Hideki Ninomiya and Darren Rahn, and Grammy-winning engineer Goh Hotoda. The album was recorded at Sony Music Studios in Tokyo, the Chase Lounge in Phoenix and the Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas. Ted Jensen mastered the album in New York City. A remixed 13-track adaptation of The Diamond You album with a cover of John Lennon's Imagine was released worldwide on iTunes in 2010. Several tracks from the album appear in Sony PlayStation video games, including Vibes.

Gold Executive Out In the Line-Up, an independent documentary that follows two friends on a global journey to discover the nascent acceptance of LGBT in international surfing culture. The film premiered on February 20, 2014 at the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival in Australia and was awarded the Audience Award "Best Documentary". It was named "Best Film" at festivals such as the Newport Beach Film Festival 2014 and the San Diego Surf Film Festival 2014 and "Best Documentary" at the 2014 London Film Festival.

Career as an author

Gold is a New York Times best-selling author of numerous books published by Andrews McMeel Publishing. His books have sold more than two million copies and published in eleven languages ​​worldwide. His first book, Open Your Mind, Open Your Life, appeared in 2001 and became a multi-year bestseller published in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, and Korean. The book received strong support from Arun Gandhi, director of the Gandhi Institute and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who said of Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: "This book will enlighten and ennoble the reader." The cover of the book was designed by Gold and designer Laura Shaw, and the depiction of purple iris became an icon in Gold's literary work that later influenced the development of a Taro Gold brand logo.

Gold's book Living Wabi Sabi: The Real Beauty of Your Life won the Benjamin Franklin Literary Award and was recommended by Time magazine. It was featured in a Time Holiday Gift Guide and then in a Time article on Asian aesthetic philosophies. In 2018, Tina Turner told the New York Times that Gold's Living Wabi Sabi was one of her all-time favorite inspiration books.

2011 British journalist Marcel Theroux presented "In Search of Wabi Sabi" on BBC Four as part of the station's Hidden Japan program, a street in Tokyo to describe Wabi Sabi. "Theroux has shown that, as Gold predicted," they are likely to give you a polite shrug and explain that Wabi Sabi is simply inexplicable. "

Golds what is love? A Simple Guide to Romantic Happiness was named Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews. What is love? and Gold's other works have been cited by various authors, including Even June Cleaver Would Forget The Juice Box and Wisdom For The Soul. All of Gold's books were published by Publishers Weekly.

recommended and rated positively. Gold has written essays for magazines and newspapers, including The Advocate, The World Tribune, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Parable, and Belief Network. He was also an associate editor of Living Buddhism, a publication in which he was a regular contributor, for three years.

Published works

  • Happiness Comes to You (with co-authors Tina Turner & Regula Curti), Atria Books (2020)
  • Open を Open け ば, 人生 も 開 く (Open Your Mind, Open Your Life) Japanese Language (2012)
  • (Living Wabi Sabi) Japanese Language (2010)
  • Open את הראש, חיים פתוחים (Open Your Mind, Open Your Life) Hebrew Language, Focus Publishing (2009)
  • What と は What (What is love?) Japanese language (2008)
  • Ouvrez Votre Esprit à la Vie (Open your mind, open your life) French language, ADA Éditions (2008)
  • Qué es el Amor? (What is love?) Spanish language, Grupo Editorial Panorama (2007)
  • The Father's Tao: The Wisdom of the Fathers Near and Far, Andrews McMeel Publishing (2006)
  • Mother's Tao: The Wisdom of Mothers from East to West, Andrews McMeel Publishing (2005)
  • Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life, Andrews McMeel Publication (2004)
  • Abra Sua Mente, Abra Sua Vida (Open Your Mind, Open Your Life) Portuguese Language, Editora Sextante (2004)
  • Open Your Mind, Open Your Life (Box Kit), Andrews McMeel Publishing (2004)
  • What is love? A Simple Guide to Romantic Happiness, Andrews McMeel Publishing (2003)
  • (Open Your Mind, Open Your Life) Korean Language, Jisangsa (2002)
  • Open Your Mind, Open Your Life (second volume), Andrews McMeel Publishing (2002)
  • Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom, Andrews McMeel Publishing (2001)

Technology career

Gold has been involved in many business ventures beyond entertainment and writing. His entrepreneurial career began in 2000 when he co-founded the telecommunications company eVoice, which powered the world's first major Internet-enabled voicemail system with products such as voicemail-to-email, visual voicemail, and advanced caller ID innovations. These Voice over IP innovations formed the basis for future apps provided by Google Voice and Apple. During that time, Gold helped innovate a speech recognition technology called Vodex. eVoice was acquired by AOL in 2001 and became part of the AOL Voice Services Group. The company was then changed to j2 Global.

Bought. After AOL acquired eVoice, Gold became the founding CEO of Call Forwarding Services (CFS), an internet startup that AT&T

In 2005, Gold helped start another communications startup called Teleo. The company provided a VoIP system that enables desktop and laptop users to send and receive calls over the Internet. Teleo was acquired by Microsoft in 2006 and became part of Microsoft's MSN group.

As a Silicon Valley angel investor, Gold has helped raise funds for several successful startups including CallCast (acquired by LiveOps in 2003) and IronPort (acquired by Cisco for $ 830 million in 2007).

In 2008 Gold ventured into the health and fitness app development market as the founding CEO of WebDiet. WebDiet's patented technology uses cell phones to count food consumption and was the first app to count calories and automate meal coaching. Weight loss company Nutrisystem used WebDiet technology.

In 2014, Gold helped launch Vusay, a social media platform that made YouTube and other online videos more interactive and viral. Users can add comments that highlight specific moments in videos, and they can then be seamlessly shared across Twitter and Facebook.

share. In 2016, Gold became a member of the Advisory Board of Averon, which develops cybersecurity solutions and artificial solutions for intelligent applications. Averon has international technology partnerships with Tyntec and Telefónica.

Jewelry collection

closed. In 2010, Gold launched a unisex jewelry collection based on the Taro Gold logo on the cover of its books and music album packaging. He explained his design inspiration as "the diamond of wisdom and joy that we all have in our hearts, and the flower of strength and beauty that blooms out of our lives as we overcome every challenge and hardship ... The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud. "The jewelry line consists mainly of rings and pendants made of gold, platinum or sterling silver, which can optionally be adorned with diamonds or other precious stones. The jewelry was mainly sold in specialty boutiques in Osaka and Tokyo in Japan and in San Francisco in the USA.


Gold's philanthropic activities included private sponsorship of underprivileged students in Asia and South America. He's also a long-time supporter of The Trevor Project, which was founded in 1998 by friend James Lecesne. Profits from a Taro Gold CafePress "Diamond You" store benefited the Trever Project from 2002 to 2017. In 2005, Gold donated a named scholarship to Soka University of America called "The Rainbow Family" Fund for LGBT students and families.

Gold has been a member of the Patron Circle of the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival since 2006 and of Sundance London since 2013

Personal life

Gold is a speaker and participant in global communities including Digital Life Design Munich and DLD Tel Aviv, Burning Man, the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Committee on Artists for Peace (ICAP), which is headed by Co-Presidents Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

is directed. On September 8, 2007, Gold then-Senator Barack Obama met at Oprah Winfrey's home in Montecito, California. The following day, Gold approved Obama's candidacy for President of the United States and joined his grassroots election activities. Gold reiterated its support for Obama in 2012, including fundraisers, social media activities and opinion writing for national publications. Gold's maternal great-grandfather was a popular four-year-old Republican mayor of California and a friend of Ronald Reagan. Gold has written about his family's long history of Republican affiliation and their move to the Democratic Party in the early 1990s.

Gold states that he has been on a vegan diet since the age of 5 when his mother adopted veganism. He practices yoga and supports animal rights. He lived on four continents, including Del Mar, California in North America, throughout his childhood, high school, and college years; Tokyo, Japan, in Asia; Canberra and Brisbane in Australia; and Salamanca, Spain, in Europe.

Members of Gold's extended family live around the world and come from a number of philosophical traditions including Judaism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and Buddhism, which Gold says gave him "a keen awareness that there are many ways to see the same thing." He identified himself as "JuBu", a Jewish Buddhist. Gold says he knew he was gay early on and wrote about growing up for the Gay Voices section of the Huffington Post. Since his youth he has been practicing Nichiren Buddhism as a member of the global Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International.

A 2014 Vogue Japan story about celebrity life in Tokyo.This gold stayed in the luxurious Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel on top of Shinjuku Park Tower from 2006 to 2008


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