Hiroshi Michiwaki, Inventor
39-year-old startup CEO Hiroshi Michiwaki is in constant demand from leading companies. His inventions cut through Gordian knots with a simple reexamination of the facts. A screw he invented stands up to any shock and there are hopes it will be used in space. Another product absorbs noise on a highway by using a series of carefully calculated angles to reflect sound. His extraordinary flow of ideas addresses a wide variety of challenges. And the roots of his inspiration lie in a decision to leave school at age 11 before working a series of different jobs. As we follow him at work, we gain insights into the thought processes of a genius with almost no formal schooling.