How Elon Musk’s Brutal Crackdown at Twitter Is Inspiring Tech Founders

Hello, I am Matt Turner, the editor in chief of enterprise at Insider. Welcome again…

Hello, I am Matt Turner, the editor in chief of enterprise at Insider. Welcome again to Insider Weekly, a roundup of a few of our prime tales. 

I need to begin by wishing you all a cheerful vacation season and New 12 months. 2022 was one other yr for the historical past books. The most important navy assault since WWII. Historic inflation throughout a lot of the Western World. One of many largest monetary scandals of all time.

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Elon Musk’s largest followers: tech founders

Tech execs applauding Elon

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From the second Elon Musk took management of Twitter, he has been shifting quick, breaking issues, and sparking outcry. This previous week, he stated he’d step down as CEO after a Twitter ballot discovered most respondents wished him to.

Via all of it, one group has been quietly cheering on the CEO from the sidelines.

For a lot of Silicon Valley founders, Musk’s strategy to his Twitter takeover makes him a visionary. His “hardcore” strategy to cost-cutting and effectivity is a stark distinction to the Silicon Valley norm of lavish advantages and coddled staff — and tech execs see it as a blueprint to emulate at their very own firms.

Why tech founders love Musk.


Partying, spending, and sexual-harassment accusations at Pollen

Callum Negus-Fancey and Liam Negus-Fancey in front of a festival themed background.

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In Might 2019, Pollen CEO Callum Negus-Fancey walked via the woods, grinning as he sprayed Fireball into his workers’ mouths out of a faux fireplace extinguisher. About 400 Pollen workers had been camped out for 5 days to have fun the UK-based occasions and journey firm.

Three years later, Pollen’s guardian firm went bankrupt. About 430 workers had been let go with out their closing paychecks. As of July 20, Pollen and its subsidiaries owed clients $8 million in refunds, in keeping with an inner spreadsheet obtained by Insider. 

From the surface, Pollen’s collapse was a shock. However in keeping with 31 former Pollen workers, the implosion was years within the making. Many Pollen operated a little bit an excessive amount of like its festivals: Medication had been typically current, and heavy ingesting and partying appeared to be a part of the job description.

Inside Pollen’s implosion.


The rise of the WFH whistleblower

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The Securities and Trade Fee has seen a historic leap in complaints to its whistleblower program over the previous few years: This system broke the report once more this fiscal yr with over 12,300 ideas — a 136% enhance from 2019. And this surge might not be a coincidence.

Because the pandemic unfold and staff retreated to their makeshift dwelling places of work, workers started to rethink their relationship with work. The house between employer and worker helped many individuals come to phrases with the malfeasance taking place at their firms and, finally, report it.

How distant work sparked a flood of whistleblowers.


Contained in the grumbling at Goldman Sachs

David Solomon

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There is a bitter temper at Goldman Sachs — and among the blame is being pinned on CEO David Solomon. The information that bonuses are anticipated to fall throughout Wall Avenue would not appear too stunning amid rising rates of interest and sluggish dealmaking.

However at Goldman, dozens of insiders say that resentment is brewing as a result of Solomon is not doing extra to punish money-losing groups — and it might result in a wave of defections from the financial institution’s prime ranks. 

Learn extra on the turmoil at Goldman Sachs.


This week’s quote:

“It is form of amusing once I hear consumers’ pessimism in regards to the market, and the way they need to maintain out for an ideal deal in a yr from now. It is unrealistic. I have been on this sport a very long time, and people folks at all times lose out.”

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