Get out of my head and create
with my hands: gardening ( 1),
ceramics, or cooking.
What’s your best habit?
I listen. I’ve grown to deeply ap-
preciate that there is a wide array
of communication styles, and I
regularly gain valuable insights
from self-proclaimed introverts
by just giving them the right
time, space, and opportunity to
share their thoughts.
Your worst habit?
I over-program my schedule.
One of the challenges of loving
what you do is that you always
want to do “one more thing.” But
having a family has been a gift
and made me more efficient. I
finance. I distinctly remember,
in middle school, my father sug-
gesting I go into insurance or the
What was your career fork in
Falling into the music industry instead of going to medical
school. I graduated off-schedule,
so to fill some time I took an internship at Windham Hill Records. When I got it, they said, “It
pays $4.70 an hour, and there’s
absolutely no full-time job on
the other end.” To my surprise,
after three months, they offered
me a full-time gig . . . so I took it.
What’s always in your bag?
A Japanese omamori—good-luck
talisman—from my mother ( 3).
Favorite hotel in the world?
The Kyoto Ritz-Carlton. The architecture and layout of the hotel are
sublime. It’s located on the banks
of the Kamogawa River, and you
feel the integration of nature into
all elements of design, throughout each of the rooms.
Your go-to food for fast fuel?
Fuji apples and coffee ( 4).
To congratulate someone I
A handwritten note ( 5). You can’t
rush them, you need to be intentional. I have my favorite
fountain pens, and candle wax
and stamps to seal. It’s a bit of a
lifelong passion, perhaps from
reading too many Jane Austen
novels as a kid.
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want my team to be prepared
for meetings with me: Let’s be
productive, efficient, fast—
because you’re standing between
me and getting home to have
dinner with my kid.
Go hiking with my 8-year-old,
ideally where ocean meets forest. Big Sur is heaven on earth.
Locally, in Los Angeles, I do hikes
throughout Topanga Canyon.
What book do you recommend to everyone?
Let My People Go Surfing, by
Patagonia founder Yvon Choui-nard, and Shoe Dog, by Nike’s
Phil Knight. They generously
share their ambitions, failings,
triumphs, doubts, accidents,
and alignments of opportunity
and preparedness throughout
the genesis of their companies.
It’s one thing to look back on
your successful business story;
it’s another to let people in on
the dogfight of how you arrived.
What’s your wardrobe staple?
I love trainers. Everything from
Nike to Rick Owens, Balenciaga,
Stella McCartney ( 2), and Buscemi.
What advice are you glad
That I couldn’t have a legitimate
career in the arts. My parents
have always been supportive,
but as immigrants who lived
through World War II in Japan,
I think their dream for their
children was always for respectability and security through
hard work. That meant fields
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