Welcome to this weekly roundup of stories from Insider’s Business co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.
What we’re going over today:
- Our profile of the most powerful woman in The New York Times newsroom.
- How the relationship between the founders of Modern Health – a $1 billion startup – died.
- Why health experts are feeling optimistic about this summer.
Kicking things off today on a positive note. It’s been a rough year, but health experts are feeling unusually optimistic about this summer. We spoke with 18 doctors and scientists – many of whom told us they plan to travel, see family and even go to the movies.
But before we go on, let’s take a look at the latest headlines:
- The U.S. authorized Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine.
- At least 18 people were killed in Myanmar crackdown on anti-coup protesters.
- CPAC wraps up today with a speech by former President Donald Trump. Here’s what Vegas oddmakers are betting on the former president saying.
And with that, let’s get into some of our top reads of the week.
From Steven Perlberg:
Carolyn Ryan was at Gracie Mansion in 2010 for a holiday dinner when she and Michael Barbaro, who was covering City Hall for The New York Times, greeted then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“Mayor, you of course know Michael Barbaro and his byline,” introduced Bloomberg’s former press secretary, Stu Loeser, who recalled the exchange to Insider. “This is his editor, Carolyn Ryan, who you know from other people’s bylines.”
Then, as now, Ryan is one of the most influential figures inside The New York Times – a polarizing, hard-driving deputy managing editor now supervising the organization’s most fraught topic: newsroom culture.
From Shana Lebowitz:
Nickle LaMoreaux became IBM’s HR chief smack in the middle of a global pandemic.
After 20 years climbing the ranks at IBM, LaMoreaux was promoted to chief human resources officer in September. A few months in, she’s considering what the pandemic has taught her about the future of work. More specifically: Is the hybrid work model, with some people in the office and some people remote, sustainable?
… LaMoreaux has started “dissecting” work, trying to figure out exactly which tasks can be done remotely and which probably can’t. It comes down to three questions, she said: What is best done in the office? For whom? And how often?
- Get ready: Back to normal is coming very soon
- Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon wants this summer’s interns in the office and says remote work has had an ‘enormous impact’ on how the bank operates
- Remote work can unlock productivity or push burnout. Here’s how smart companies are planning for our ‘hybrid’ and WFH future.
From Melia Russell:
In September 2019, Erica Johnson was called into a meeting at Kleiner Perkins. Inside, Mamoon Hamid booked a conference room and prepared to have an uncomfortable conversation.
Hamid is one of Kleiner’s partners and was the only outside board member in Johnson’s mental-health startup, Modern Health.
That day, he found himself wedged between Johnson and her business partner, Alyson Watson. The young cofounders had been drifting apart for months, and their disagreements had begun to threaten the promising but fledgling 2-year-old startup.
- Comcast Ventures became an unlikely benefits-startup kingmaker with a prescient bet on Accolade. Now, the fund’s healthcare future is uncertain after investing-team members exited.
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