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"Marketplace 3.0 is highly readable and largely devoid of the jargon that often mars similar efforts. Mikitani gives a well-considered argument for why Rakuten's business model should be the way of the future...Mikitani's vision for the next stage of the online revolution and his conviction that internet companies have a responsibility to drive change for the better may be an inspiration to aspiring digital entrepreneurs."—Financial Times
“When [Mikitani] writes about the future of e-commerce, marketers would do well to heed his advice.”—The Dallas Morning News
“A Japanese e-commerce guru tells how to succeed in online business by breaking all the rules… In this upbeat debut, [Mikitani] describes his maverick business philosophy, aimed at challenging conventional wisdom and empowering sellers to create lasting relationships with customers.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Mikitani shares the secrets, beliefs, and drive that fueled Rakuten's meteoric rise to success… [he] weaves an inspiring entrepreneurial story and presents a thought-provoking case for breaking rules.”—Publishers Weekly
"For anybody seeking to understand how to build and scale a company in the new global economy, Hiroshi Mikitani's Marketplace 3.0 provides a compelling guide to Rakuten's success. From Rakuten's early days as an Internet Mall to detailed insights on leveraging social media and providing a path for managers, Mikitani takes you inside the CEO's office with this thorough breakdown of what goes into today's successful global business."—Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
"Mikitani is one of the world's great Internet entrepreneurs. He possesses one-of-a-kind insights on the intersection of e-commerce and globalization. In Marketplace 3.0, he describes his vision of the future in compelling fashion and shares his unconventional but hugely effective strategies for competing in a 'borderless business' environment. Highly recommended!"-- Reid Hoffman, co-founder & chairman of LinkedIn and co-author The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
"Hiroshi Mikitani provides exactly the right advice at the right time. His fascinating story of building Rakuten into a global e-commerce giant offers profound and practical lessons for any leader who wants to master the new rules of global competition while also improving the state of the world."--Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and author of Confidence and SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth and Social Good
"Hiroshi Mikitani is one of the great truly global thinkers in the the business world today. The ideas about leadership, service and commerce in Marketplace 3.0 are profoundly elegant and immediately actionable."--Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote
Hiroshi Mikitani is the founder and chief executive of Rakuten, the third largest e-commerce marketplace company in the world, with operations in over a dozen countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia, and ranked 7th among Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2012. An Internet evangelist, he has more than 430,000 followers of his Twitter feed, and has spoken at many events including the eG8 Forum, DLD Conference and Y Combinator’s Startup School. Mikitani has been featured in national and international broadcast and print media, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Globe and Mail, The Economist, and the Financial Times, among others. Mikitani received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and in 2012, was presented with one of HBS’s highest honors, the Alumni Achievement Award. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.
This is great for understanding the new business and the empowerment to change in the way we do business. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Crazy
This guy sent out a bunch of these free books earlier this year trying to "flood the zone" for Rakuten (I guess). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elizabeth Orella
A straight from heart book from a most successful yet grounded personality!!!!my respect for Japan has increased multi folded after reading this book!!! Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. Prabhuram
I'm really impressed by Mr. Mikitani's 5 principles of doing business.
I join him with his view on borderless business ! Very inspiring book,not only if you work in eCom.