Business Lessons

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Lessons learned from the baseball field

In baseball, when a batter steps in against a tough pitcher, he or she has a daunting challenge. Depending on the speed of the pitches, the hitter can have less...
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Why Singapore is hot for startups

It’s an exciting time for Singapore. The tech industry in the country has been growing strongly over the past few years, and it’s now becoming one of the major ...
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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...