innovation

The secret to mid-career success

The secret to mid-career success

Advice to the young is plentiful. What about advice for those in mid-career? October marks the start of the second half of the financial year in Japan, and just...
Rakathon Builds Synergy at Rakuten Crimson House West

Rakathons and beyond! Steps to innovation

From every corner of the business world we hear it: Innovate or die! Innovation is the driving force of business today. No longer is it sufficient to provide...
Englishnization helping with cross-cultural communication

Japan’s new business language

In March 2010, I stood before several thousand mostly native Japanese speakers and addressed them in English. From now on, I told them, Rakuten would conduct al...
Michael Tamblyn on Kobo success stories

Three big things Kobo did right

They say when you’re starting a new business, you should look for the white space, be first to market, go where your competitors are not. Or there is another op...
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles win the Japan Series Championship in 2013

Common sense or just fear of failure?

New ideas die every day because someone alleges they go against "common sense." But what is “common sense,” anyway, and who defines it? I think using this ar...
Mickey with the “Tenku” drone

The drone economy

Look! Up in the sky! It’s our future. And it’s spectacular. Drones are a new technology that have a lot of people talking. Android co-founder Andy Rubin was ...