On paper, Max Mackee is a founding member and the Director of International at Origami, Japan's leading QR-based mobile payment platform. Since 2012, he’s been working towards introducing cashless transactions into Japanese consumer habits - and this is no small feat considering the country’s strong ‘Cash is King’ mindset. His vision however isn’t just to change Japan’s cash culture, but to innovate its work environment as well.
Mackee was born in Japan and spent his younger years in some of the world’s biggest cities - Tokyo, Paris, London. As he reached adulthood, he became a lawyer and a DJ - a lifestyle that saw him hopping from boardrooms to dance floors. He eventually left law and returned to Japan with a freshly earned MBA. Whereas his past career had been lined with dissonance, Mackee envisioned a life that reconciled business, creativity and a dose of fresh air.
Today, he may be busy redefining the future of shopping in Japan, but he’s also speaking at conferences, continues to invigorate dance floors and finds time to shred powder in the backcountry. We caught up with the entrepreneur as he was preparing for a weekend of relaxation at his mountainside cabin in the outskirts of Tokyo.