Business Lessons

Mickey's Voice

Why do we climb mountains?

We have talked a lot at Rakuten recently about mountain climbing, especially since I replaced golf with a climb up Mt. Tanigawa in the Japanese Alps for our ann...
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What Makes the Perfect Startup Pitch?

Next week, I’m in Tokyo for the NEST (New Economy Summit) 2016 and I’ve been given the opportunity to be a judge at the annual NEST Startup Challenge. Attend...
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The Priceless Value of Quality

Mickey addressing thousands of merchants at the Tokyo Spring Conference In 2016, Rakuten will enter our 20th year. We’ve come a long way since we started wi...
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Presentation Tips from the Oscars

This year’s 88th Academy Awards featured some very memorable speeches, including Chris Rock’s opening monologue that tackled the lack of diversity at the Oscars...