Hi, I’m Matt Turner, the editor in chief of business at Insider. Welcome back to Insider Today: Sunday Edition, a roundup of some of our top stories.
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Without any knowledge of what would happen next, startup employees hit the open bars at the events their colleagues had prepaid for, and it felt a bit like a party at the end of the world.
But by Sunday evening, after regulators announced they were covering both SVB and the crypto-friendly bank Signature’s depositors, the mood shifted to elation and relief. And founders still on the ground at the festival were more upbeat: A founder who banked with Signature told Insider that while he “partied a little bit harder than expected” over the weekend, he was in much better spirits come Tuesday.
Recently valued at $2.4 billion by investors, Rokt — which sells e-commerce tools to the likes of Disney and Domino’s — holds itself up as an oasis among tech startups. From 2020 to 2022, it was included in Built in NYC’s list of Best Places to Work. Some ex-employees paint a different picture.
Insider interviewed over 30 current and former employees who painted a picture of a “family business” that’s been slow to mature as it moves toward an IPO. Lawsuits brought against Rokt by former employees allege sexist behavior and a toxic work culture. The company denies these allegations.
Few positions in corporate America are more thankless — or more ridiculed — than that of middle manager. But in recent weeks, as companies like Meta and Twitter braced for tougher times ahead, the assault on middle managers has picked up new steam.
CEOs say they’re slashing managers in the name of efficiency. But middle managers move the needle on a company’s overall performance far more than senior executives do — and make a bigger difference to the bottom line.
This raises a pair of trillion-dollar questions: How swift will the transition to clean energy be, and when will the era of Big Oil come to a close? Half a dozen analysts said it might come sooner than today’s massive fossil-fuel profits suggest.
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