‘Innovate or Die’

While not directly related to printed circuit boards, this piece from Time Magazine on the Japan’s Uniqlo shows how one entrepreneur had the vision and courage to cast off decades of cultural aversion to risk to build one of the largest clothing companies in the world.

Founder Tadashi Yanai, now 64, took over his parent’s small-town clothing business and, realizing it would end up in bankruptcy without change, remade the entire company.

“Innovate or die,” Yanai reminds us. It’s a lesson that’s absolutely true in PCBs as well.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (pcea.net). He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

One thought on “‘Innovate or Die’

  1. Innovation has been the driving force behind the US Economy since the beginning. The US must innovate to survive in todays global economy.

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