Business Lessons

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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...

Digital Marketing Signposts

As marketers navigate a complex digital world, where increasingly savvy consumers expect advertising to align with content seamlessly and add value to their liv...
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Focus on Digital Entrepreneurs

The introduction of digital technologies and creation of a digital sphere is not only a major change for business but also something that will facilitate ever f...
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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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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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Teamwork tips from two great orchestras

No other piece of music has had the lasting impact of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Recently, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras perform...