Mickey's Voice

Insights from our CEO

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Rules for breaking rules

Successful leaders didn’t become successful by following rules. Steve Jobs broke rules when he introduced an affordable and powerful personal computer to the ma...