HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Yukari Iwatani Kane

Journalist and Expert on Apple’s Technology and Leadership Trends


  • Apple and the Leadership Transition
  • The Challenges of a Truly Global Company in Today’s World



Yukari Iwatani Kane is a veteran journalist with nearly fifteen years of experience writing about the technology industry. Author of the forthcoming Haunted Empire (HarperBusiness), Kane takes a deep look inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs’s death, revealing the tensions and challenges CEO Tim Cook and his team face as they try to stay true to Jobs’s vision. An excellent keynote speaker on topics of technology and media trends, Kane is a perfect fit for colleges and universities, corporations, and technology conferences.

As a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Kane covered Apple during the last years of Jobs's reign. She is best known for her in-depth analysis and scoops, among which include the news about Jobs’s liver transplant, the iPad, and the Verizon iPhone. Her stories have included the off-beat and hilarious, like a piece on a fifteen-year old iPhone hacker and a story on iPad couture that became the subject of a Stephen Colbert rant. In 2011, she was named a Gerald Loeb Award finalist as part of a Wall Street Journal team for a series on Internet privacy.

Among her peers, she developed a reputation as the recipient of controlled leaks from Apple, even becoming the subject of a segment on NPR’s On the Media. The truth is considerably less interesting. All of her scoops and stories came from painstaking reporting and vetting.

Prior to that, Kane was a correspondent in Tokyo, covering the Japanese technology industry, including Sony and Nintendo for the Wall Street Journal. Her page one profile in 2007 on Sony CEO Howard Stringer’s struggles in dealing with differing Western and Japanese cultural expectations is still seen as one of the most definitive and insightful pieces about him.

She has frequently appeared on both the Wall Street Journal’s radio and video programs and on other national broadcasts. She has experience in public speaking and has participated on panels and on-stage interviews about subjects such as technology, media, and Japan in both English and Japanese.

Kane started her career at U.S. News and World Report and Reuters. She is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and lives in San Francisco, where she works out of the Writers' Grotto. When she is not working, she and her husband are constantly on the hunt for good food and drink, even if they have to travel for it.

Praise for The Haunted Empire:

“One of the most important business stories of our time. Kane brings us inside Apple at this critical moment with great insight and unparalleled reporting.”
— Walter Isaacson, Author of Steve Jobs

“The globe-bestriding computer-maker loses its soul in this lively business history . . . Kane unearths plenty of colorful material here, including lawyerly jousting, hilariously lame new-product unveilings, and conference-room psychodramas between bullying execs and groveling underlings . . . This well-paced, vividly detailed narrative reveals the machine surrounding the Jobsian ghost at Apple and brings the company’s high-flying mythology down to earth.’“
— Publishers’ Weekly