起業家の風景(エッセイ) 起業家の風景 一覧へ

Jun 07, 2016

When you’re lucky enough to have had some success in business, people often ask you the same kinds of questions: Where did your original idea come from? What obstacles did you have to confront in the early years? What was the “tipping point” that set your business on the path to growth?

read more...“The Best Way to Learn from your Mistakes? Ignore Them.”

起業家の風景(エッセイ) 起業家の風景 一覧へ

May 02, 2016

Around fifteen years ago, an Israeli colleague from a VC company we were partnering with dropped by to see me in my Tokyo office. I was startled to see that his teenage son was with him. My colleague explained that at the boy’s Bar Mitzvah he had promised to take him to any country he wanted and that he had chosen Japan.

read more...“One key for a happy family: Father-son Bonding Trips”

起業家の風景(エッセイ) 起業家の風景 一覧へ

Apr 13, 2016

Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has sold over two million copies and become a global phenomenon.

Kondo’s trademarked “Kon-Mari Method” involves simplifying your lived-in environment by discarding anything that fails to “spark joy.”

read more...“Declutter Your Mind. Simplify your Life: This is Mindfulness, Japanese-style”

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Mar 15, 2016

The mainstream media hate Donald Trump. The Financial Times recently described him as a “promoter of paranoid fantasies, a xenophobe and an ignoramus.” The New York Times has given him unflattering nicknames ranging from “Donald the Dangerous” to “The Great Betrayer.” Even J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, waded in, denouncing him as “worse than Voldemort.”

read more...“Tweet it Like Trump: There's no such thing as bad publicity”

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Mar 08, 2016

I love playing board games.

That’s the reason why I was shocked by a piece of news that came out of London on January 27 this year.

AlphaGo, a program created by Google subsidiary DeepMind, defeated the European Go champion, five games to nothing.

read more...“Your next CEO will be an AI: Lessons from Google’s AlphaGo”

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Feb 24, 2016

I run a business that employs 400 people, but I make a point of getting home to have dinner with my family at least four times per week.

Why?

read more...“Using Business Techniques in Family Life: Is it a Good Idea?”

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Feb 09, 2016

Japan, Asia & the World Japan is changing—because of YOU!

In 2015, lifestyle magazine Monocle selected Tokyo as the world’s most livable city, praising its “quality of life for visitors and people who live there, and its combination of culture, security, food and courtesy.”

Readers of travel magazine Travel + Leisure also voted Kyoto the world’s best city for tourists for the second year running.

read more...“Japan is changing—because of YOU!”

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Feb 03, 2016

I have been to Davos 8 times in the past 12 years, but this year’s World Economic Forum, running from January 20 to 23, was held against a backdrop of global turmoil unprecedented in the event’s history.

read more...“3 Key Words at DAVOS 2016: “Inward-looking,” “Drifting apart” & “Excitement around Technology””

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Jan 27, 2016

Everyone is obsessed with finding the perfect “work/life balance.”

Personally, I reject the whole concept.

Why?

read more...“Looking for Work/Life Balance? Forget About it!”

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Jan 18, 2016

​One word we hear a lot of these days is “disrupt.”

Netflix is disrupting old-style TV. Tesla is disrupting the auto industry. Uber is disrupting the taxi business.

Ironically, one business that hasn’t yet experienced much disruption is business education itself. The old model, consisting of written case studies, class discussion, and the study of fundamental management skills like marketing and accounting remains firmly entrenched.

read more...“The Old-School MBA Is Ready for Disruption. Here's How I'd Do It.”

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