Mickey's Voice

Insights from our CEO

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Vision 2020: Rakuten

As Rakuten recently announced financial results for 2015, we also launched Vision 2020, a new mid-term strategy map for the future. Let me set out the key point...
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Super Bowl 50 Disruptors

Disruptors get a lot of attention. Disruptors can be individuals, companies, or even economies. I'm passionate about driving innovation at our company to disrup...
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Go Global But Stay True To Your Roots

Eighty percent of new engineers joining Rakuten are now non-Japanese. This is a number I am very proud of. Wherever I go in the world, people ask me why this is...
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Learn Something Every Day

Take a minute to think about it. You’re probably doing something that’s a learning experience right now. Even though what you study will vary from what other...
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Hiroshi Mikitani at Business Insider IGNITION

UPDATE: Mickey discusses his future plans for Rakuten in a video from Business Insider on the IGNITION 2015 conference. (Please note that clicking on the link w...
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Dare to Dream

They say that to dream is the privilege of the young. I think this is a beautiful saying, but it could not be more wrong. It’s not that there is anything ...
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Love Your Enemy

Whether your rival is in another company or just in the cubicle beside you, that person is helping you every day in your job -- whether you realize it or not. M...