February 21, 2024


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TikTok users are making memes about Microsoft potentially “saving” TikTok.



So much for a quiet end to August. To recap:

The biggest story of all, however, has been TikTok. CEO Kevin Mayer quit months in to the job. And in the coming hours and days, we’re likely to find out more about a deal to buy some or all of TikTok. To help make sense of what’s become a very complex situation, Paige Leskin produced this handy guide:

You can get more on why Walmart wants in on a deal here. And here’s what experts are saying about Oracle’s interest.


The most powerful man in HR

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Taylor addresses Trump at the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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From Shana Lebowitz:

On February 1, 2018, employees of the Society for Human Resource Management convened for an all-staff meeting at a hotel near headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

Some staffers were flown in from other parts of the country. The new CEO, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., treated employees to lunch and handed out SHRM-branded T-shirts.

Later that afternoon, former staff recalled, about two dozen employees were called individually into meetings with their division chiefs. It was their last day at SHRM, they learned. SHRM staff escorted them off the premises, where IT representatives wiped company email accounts off their phones. They got into their cars and drove home. Some were still wearing their celebratory SHRM T-shirts.

Taylor has turned the organization, which counts 300,000 HR professionals as members, around financially, Shana reported. But many former employees that Business Insider spoke with used the word “fear” to describe its culture. They also said they felt pressured to return to the office during the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the full story here:

Investing philosophy

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Bank of America equity and quantitative strategist Savita Subramanian


If you’re a close follower of market news, you’ve probably seen Savita Subramanian on your television screen at one point or another, writes William Edwards. From his story:

The head of equity and quantitative strategy at Bank of America is a regular contributor to financial TV for good reason: She does some of the most influential work on Wall Street for one of the biggest investment banks. People care about what she has to say.

But odds are Subramanian isn’t like many of the other analysts you might see making media appearances — or even generally similar to most people working in the numbers-heavy field of finance, for that matter. 

Of course, Subramanian is well-versed in the quantitative side of things — she has a mathematics degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA with a focus in finance from Columbia University. 

While at Berkeley, from which she graduated in 1995, she also majored in philosophy. The decision still informs her work, sometimes more than her other fields of study.

“My math major is what got me in the door, but my philosophy major is what kept me here,” she recently told Business Insider in an exclusive interview. 

You can read William’s full interview with Savita here:

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— Matt

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