At 34, she’s gone from Goldman to failed artist to start-up queen
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At 34, she’s gone from Goldman to failed artist to start-up queen

BY the age of 34, Akiko Naka has already experienced more career-wise than most people do in a lifetime. She started by getting hired by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., where she worked as an equity saleswoman. When she left that job, she tried to make it as a professional manga comic artist. When that didn’t work out, she landed a job at Facebook Inc. In Photo: Wantedly Chief Executive Officer Akiko Naka And not content to leave it at that, she quit to establish her own company, a recruiting social network called Wantedly Inc. She took it public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange last year, and is one of the youngest women to head a Japanese listed company. Naka is an example of a young Japanese person who’s shunning what was long a standard career path in Japan—graduating from a top university and staking out a career at a major company. Instead, she’s going it alone, seeking to harness the power of social media—and her own past experiences—to try to reinvent how recruitment functions. “All my failures were a chance to learn,” Naka said in an interview in Tokyo. Wantedly, which is seen as a LinkedIn for millennials in […]

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