According to The Australian Financial Review, when Akiko Naka abandoned her job as a manga artist in her mid-20s to launch an online job seeking portal, she was one of Japan’s youngest entrepreneurs.
It was 2011, and she was also one of the few women leading a company that would go on to list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Her company, Wantedly, now has a market capitalisation of almost $190 million and more than 3.5 million users. Naka, 38, jokes she is old compared with the new wave of start-up founders building innovative companies from their tiny Tokyo apartments.
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