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52: Taking Akiba Back from The Otaku – Mitsuo Hashiba

52: Taking Akiba Back from The Otaku – Mitsuo Hashiba

Long before the maker movement existed, Akihabara was world famous as a destination for hardware geeks, robotics nerds, and audiophiles and tinkerers of all kinds. Hundreds of tiny specialty shops lined the areas back streets and did a surprising brisk business in items you could not find anywhere else. The internet changed all that. …

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51: The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan

51: The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan

Uber and Airbnb represent a new very kind of startup, one that could not have existed twenty years ago, and the very thing that make these companies so transformative in the United States ensures they will never succeed in Japan. You see…

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