How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
Breaking into Japan was no cheap trick. To get there, Steve Jobs took a chance on a self-made Japanese billionaire who had a crude drawing of an iPod phone and no mobile carrier to speak of. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son recounted how he scored the deal to become the iPhone's exclusive carrier in Japan in a television interview with Charlie Rose that aired this week.
Great story. Steve Jobs really did take a calculated risk, and it paid off well!
There's a saying...it never fails to pay off when you take a risk on Masayoshi Son. He's the Elon Musk of Japan.
Where can I find out more about him? He sounds fascinating.