When the World Wide Web first became a big deal in the mid-1990s, Hiroshi Mikitani was a 31-year-old executive with a Harvard Business School degree striding down the traditional Japanese path to success at one of the country’s biggest banks.
Then he quit.
As much as American entrepreneurs like to portray themselves as mavericks, the stricter bonds of loyalty that define Japanese corporate culture made Mikitani’s departure all the more radical. As was what he did next.
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