Workflow with Michael Tamblyn, CEO at Rakuten Kobo

In this edition of Workflow, Michael Tamblyn, CEO at Rakuten Kobo, talking about his working style: “80% high enthusiasm, 20% difficult questions.”

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Describe what you do: I’m CEO of Rakuten Kobo. We sell ereaders, ebooks and audiobooks all over the world.

How do you like your coffee: Soy flat white. I can make it myself, but the pros always make it better.

Device(s) you use: iPhone 11 Pro, iPad Pro for travel, big-screen iMac for the desk, AirPod Pros for video conferences, music and audiobooks, a Blue Yeti X microphone for recording the Kobo in Conversation podcast, Kobo eReaders and prototypes scattered all over the place, GoPro for reckless endeavours.

Describe your working style in one sentence: 80% high enthusiasm, 20% difficult questions.

What does your workspace look like: Let’s just say I’m of the “clean stall = dead horse” style of office organization.

Do you have a favourite playlist for work: I like music too much to listen while working. It’s one or the other.

Who would you like to nominate for the next workflow interview: Elizabeth Weiss, Publisher, Digital Director for Allen & Unwin.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.