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    1. WeWork is Debating Whether to Take Power Away From Adam and Rebekah Neumann, its Husband and Wife Cofounders, to get its IPO Back on Track

      WeWork is Debating Whether to Take Power Away From Adam and Rebekah Neumann, its Husband and Wife Cofounders, to get its IPO Back on Track
      • WeWork is mulling whether to reduce CEO Adam Neumann's power to make its planned public offering more attractive to potential investors, The Financial Times reported.
      • The company and its advisors are considering whether to reduce Neumann's voting power from the 20 votes per share that he has now.
      • It's also debating whether to remove his wife, Rebekah Neumann, from her role in naming a successor to her husband if he dies or becomes debilitated...
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    2. WeWork Reportedly Hired the Parents of a High-Ranking Exec as Real Estate Brokers, Among Other Potential Conflicts of Interest

      WeWork Reportedly Hired the Parents of a High-Ranking Exec as Real Estate Brokers, Among Other Potential Conflicts of Interest
      • WeWork, in its public offering documents, disclosed a slew of related-party transactions involving CEO Adam Neumann, his wife, and various family members.
      • But the company didn't disclose a collection of deals involving the family members of other company officials, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal...
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    3. Peloton Insiders will have 20 Votes Per Share — Twice as Many as Those at Other Startups — But CEO John Foley may not Wield all the Power after the IPO

      Peloton Insiders will have 20 Votes Per Share — Twice as Many as Those at Other Startups — But CEO John Foley may not Wield all the Power after the IPO
      • Like many startups that have gone public recently, Peloton will have a stock structure that gives extra votes to certain insiders.
      • Many companies with such arrangements give insiders 10 votes per share, but Peloton CEO John Foley and some early investors in the fitness firm will get 20 votes per share.
      • At least as things stand now, Foley wouldn't have majority control by himself, because he's not the biggest holder of super-voting shares...
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    4. Jeff Bezos' Divorce Won't Affect his Voting Power at Amazon, Because Mackenzie is Giving him Control

      Jeff Bezos' Divorce Won't Affect his Voting Power at Amazon, Because Mackenzie is Giving him Control
      • Jeff Bezos will retain voting control over the Amazon shares he and Mackenzie Bezos hold following their divorce.
      • Mackenzie will get 25% of their combined shares as part of the settlement.
      • The agreement clears up some outstanding investor worries.
      • But one big question remains: What does Mackenzie plan to do with her shares.

      Jeff Bezos isn't going to have to worry about having his ex-spouse challenge how he runs Amazon...

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      Mentions: Amazon Twitter stake
    5. Google Co-Founder Larry Page Threatened to Leave if the Company Didn't Find a Way to Keep Him in Control, Newly Unsealed Court Docs Reveal

      Google Co-Founder Larry Page Threatened to Leave if the Company Didn't Find a Way to Keep Him in Control, Newly Unsealed Court Docs Reveal
      • Larry Page, Google's cofounder, threatened to leave the company in 2011, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
      • Together with fellow cofounder Sergey Brin and top executive Eric Schmidt, Page held shares with super-voting powers that gave the threesome control over Google.
      • Page was worried he'd lose that control if Brin or Schmidt sold their shares, according to recently unsealed court records viewed by Bloomberg...
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    6. Breaking News: SEC Says Elon Musk Violated his Settlement with the Agency and Asks a Judge to Hold Him in Contempt of Court

      Breaking News:  SEC Says Elon Musk Violated his Settlement with the Agency and Asks a Judge to Hold Him in Contempt of Court
      • Tesla CEO Elon Musk violated the terms of his agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the agency said in a court filing Monday.
      • In a tweet last week, Musk said Tesla would produce 500,000 vehicles this year then later corrected himself and said it would only make about 400,000.
      • Tesla acknowledged in a letter that Musk's first production tweet wasn't preapproved by the company...
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      Mentions: SEC Twitter Tesla
    7. The Era of the All-Powerful Tech CEO Has Only Just Begun, Even Though Facebook and Snap Show Why That's a Bad Thing

      The Era of the All-Powerful Tech CEO Has Only Just Begun, Even Though Facebook and Snap Show Why That's a Bad Thing
      • At a growing number of companies, particularly in the tech sector, CEOs and other insiders have outsized control over their corporate decisions.
      • The executives have that control through special shares that give them extra votes. Such arrangements used to be rare, but are becoming much more common.
      • Lyft and several other tech companies that are likely to hold their initial public offerings this year will likely debut with such dual-class stock structures...
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      Mentions: Investors IPO Google
    8. MoviePass Executives are Making One More Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Stock From Being Delisted

      MoviePass Executives are Making One More Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Stock From Being Delisted
      • MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson on Friday said it would seek — again — to get shareholder authorization to reverse split its stock.
      • The company is in imminent danger of having its stock delisted from the Nasdaq; the market is hearing the company's appeal of its delisting decision later this month.
      • The proposal is basically the same one that the company withdrew in November in the face of widespread investor opposition...
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    9. Jeff Bezos' Divorce Could Soon Make MacKenzie Bezos one of Amazon's Biggest Shareholders

      Jeff Bezos' Divorce Could Soon Make MacKenzie Bezos one of Amazon's Biggest Shareholders
      • Amazon could soon have a large new individual shareholder in the form of MacKenzie Bezos as a result of her impending divorce from the company's CEO.
      • Jeff Bezos owns 16% of the e-commerce giant, and MacKenzie could be entitled to up to half of those shares, which would giver her, with Jeff, one of the two largest stakes in the company.
      • Although the Bezoses are worth $137 billion on paper, nearly all of their assets are in the form of Amazon stock...
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      Mentions: Amazon Vanguard stake
    10. MoviePass' Parent Company Just Bought Itself More Time to Live, But It's Still in Imminent Danger of Being Kicked off the Stock Exchanges

      MoviePass' Parent Company Just Bought Itself More Time to Live, But It's Still in Imminent Danger of Being Kicked off the Stock Exchanges
      • Helios and Matheson, the parent company of MoviePass, reached an agreement with its creditors Tuesday to reduce its outstanding debt.
      • The move also will eliminate all of its outstanding convertible notes and replace them with non-convertible notes.
      • By eliminating its convertible notes, the company freed itself up to sell potentially billions of new shares of stock.
      • But the move comes on the same day that the Nasdaq could delist Helios and Matheson's stock...
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    11. After Losing 99% of its Value, MoviePass' Parent Company is Getting Ready to Ask Shareholders to Support its CEO and approve his Pay

      After Losing 99% of its Value, MoviePass' Parent Company is Getting Ready to Ask Shareholders to Support its CEO and approve his Pay
      • Helios and Matheson, the parent company of MoviePass, has scheduled another shareholder meeting.
      • Unlike a meeting it cancelled last month, this is its standard, annual gathering of shareholders, where investors will get to vote on its director nominees and what it pays executives.
      • Even those proposals could prove controversial, considering how much the company's stock has declined this year — as much as 99% from the start of the year...
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    12. Facebook's Board Needs to Get a Spine and Fire Mark Zuckerberg, Marketing Guru Scott Galloway Said

      Facebook's Board Needs to Get a Spine and Fire Mark Zuckerberg, Marketing Guru Scott Galloway Said
      • Facebook ought to fire both CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg for the string of failures on their watch, marketing professor Scott Galloway said at Business Insider's IGNITION conference Monday.
      • Zuckerberg holds majority control over Facebook, but the board ought to get the nerve up to fire him anyway, Galloway said.
      • Sandberg may be a feminist icon, but she still ought to be held accountable for Facebook's scandals and fiascos, he said...
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    13. Microsoft's Surprising Comeback Over Apple is the Outcome of Two New CEOs With Radically Different Gameplans

      Microsoft's Surprising Comeback Over Apple is the Outcome of Two New CEOs With Radically Different Gameplans
      • Microsoft briefly overtook Apple this week as the world's most valuable company.
      • The development speaks volumes about investors' faith in the respective companies' futures and the leaders driving each company there.
      • While Tim Cook has demonstrated that he's a great manager for Apple, he's repeatedly shown he's "not a product person," and he's left shareholders wondering about the company's next act....
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    14. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Isn't Accountable to Anyone, so it's Time Congress Took Away the Source of his Power

      Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Isn't Accountable to Anyone, so it's Time Congress Took Away the Source of his Power
      • Facebook's string of scandals over the last several years have highlighted the poor job Mark Zuckerberg has done running the company — and his lack of accountability.
      • The social networking giant's stock structure gives Zuckerberg near-absolute control over it, because the shares he holds get far more votes than those held by ordinary investors...
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      Mentions: Investors SEC Google
    15. It's Become Increasingly Clear That Alphabet, Google's Parent Company, Needs New Leadership (GOOGL, Goog)

      It's Become Increasingly Clear That Alphabet, Google's Parent Company, Needs New Leadership (GOOGL, Goog)
      • It's become increasingly clear that Alphabet needs new leadership.
      • The recent scandals and controversies and scandals at the company, most notably over its handling of sexual harassment allegations, have highlighted the shortcomings of its top leaders.
      • CEO Larry Page, for example, hasn't made a public appearance in years.
      • Behind the scenes, though, he and other top leaders have been enabling bad behavior among high-level employees, by all reports...
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    16. Investors Seem to be Balking at MoviePass' Parents' Plans to Reverse Split its Stock Again — And for Good Reason

      Investors Seem to be Balking at MoviePass' Parents' Plans to Reverse Split its Stock Again — And for Good Reason
      • Helios and Matheson, the parent company of MoviePass, is seeking to boost its share price through another reverse-split of its stock.
      • Two of the major research firms that offer investors advice on shareholder votes back the reverse-split proposal.
      • Even so, investors appear dubious of it.
      • They have good reason to oppose it — it would free the company up to issue billions of new shares of stock after it's already massively diluted shareholders...
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      Mentions: Investors Twitter ISS
    17. Tesla's Board is So Bad at its Job, it Failed at the One Thing it Says is Paramount — Protecting CEO Elon Musk

      Tesla's Board is So Bad at its Job, it Failed at the One Thing it Says is Paramount — Protecting CEO Elon Musk
      • Tesla's board has repeatedly made clear that it sees its duty as ensuring that Elon Musk remain in a leadership role at the company — not representing shareholders' interests.
      • But Musk's role at Tesla is now in jeopardy, thanks to charges filed against him by the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with his series of tweets about potentially taking Tesla private.
      • The SEC is seeking to bar him from serving as a director or officer at a public company...
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    18. Snap’s Shareholder Meeting Was Less Than Three Minutes Long Because Evan Spiegel Controls so Much of the Company Anyway

      Snap’s Shareholder Meeting Was Less Than Three Minutes Long Because Evan Spiegel Controls so Much of the Company Anyway
      • Snap held its annual shareholder meeting on Thursday.
      • It was a brief affair, lasting less than three minutes.
      • The duration and format of the meeting demonstrated CEO Evan Spiegel's control over the company.

      Evan Spiegel just demonstrated another one of the great perks of being king — short meetings that you don't even have to attend in person...

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    19. MoviePass' Parent Company Has Flooded its Investors With a 3,000% Increase in New Shares

      MoviePass' Parent Company Has Flooded its Investors With a 3,000% Increase in New Shares
      • The share price of Helios & Matheson, the parent company of MoviePass, has plunged in recent months amid ongoing losses at the subscription movie service.
      • But something else is weighing down the stock price — the more than 3,000% increase just since August in the number of the company's shares.
      • That dilution is set to only get worse, as the company is seeking authorization to issue even more shares...
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      Mentions: Investors stake AMP
    20. At Facebook's Annual Meeting, Mark Zuckerberg Stuck to his Talking Points — and Ignored Some of Shareholders' Biggest Concerns

      At Facebook's Annual Meeting, Mark Zuckerberg Stuck to his Talking Points — and Ignored Some of Shareholders' Biggest Concerns
      • At Facebook's annual meeting, company officials faced criticism from investors and a slew of shareholder proposals urging reforms.
      • Addressing concerns about the abuse of Facebook's service, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team repeated talking points they've previously made to the press or in Congress.
      • Zuckerberg and company ignored pointed concerns about the company's governance, a longstanding thorn in the side of many investors...
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    21. Facebook’s Stock Structure Gives Mark Zuckerberg a Blank Check — Investors Were OK with that, But the World Can’t Afford to Be

      Facebook’s Stock Structure Gives Mark Zuckerberg a Blank Check — Investors Were OK with that, But the World Can’t Afford to Be
      • Facebook is under scrutiny for how it handled its knowledge that Cambridge Analytica illicitly collected data on 50 million of its users.
      • In the wake of the news, Facebook's stock plunged 7% amid worries that it was practically inviting Congress to step in and regulate its network.
      • This scandal, along with the news that Russian-linked groups exploited Facebook's network to try to influence the 2016 election, might have other CEOs worried about their jobs...
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    22. Snap CEO Spiegel's $637 Million Bonus Shows Just How Broken Executive Compensation Is

      Snap CEO Spiegel's $637 Million Bonus Shows Just How Broken Executive Compensation Is
      • Snap recently disclosed that it paid CEO Evan Spiegel $638 million last year — mostly in the form of a gigantic stock award.
      • The award was worth more than any other since at least 2011, bigger even than the jumbo award Apple gave Tim Cook when he took over from Steve Jobs as CEO.
      • Snap says it gave him the award for leading it to an IPO, but its rationale for the award itself and its huge size doesn't make much sense...
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    23. Dropbox’s IPO is just the Latest Case of Startup CEOs Consolidating Their Power — and Investors Should be Outraged

      Dropbox’s IPO is just the Latest Case of Startup CEOs Consolidating Their Power — and Investors Should be Outraged
      • A growing number of tech companies are setting up stock arrangements that give outsized voting power to executives and founders — at the expense of regular shareholders.
      • Dropbox, which on Friday released the paperwork it filed to go public, is the latest startup to go this route; the arrangement would give CEO Drew Houston nearly a quarter of the voting power at the company.
      • Such stock structures insulate insiders from shareholder concerns, a privilege that executives and managers can abuse...
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      Mentions: Investors IPO Google
    24. ‘These are bad facts for him’: Intel CEO's $24 Million Stock Sale Before Disclosing the Chip Flaw Could Trigger Lawsuits, SEC Inquiry (

      ‘These are bad facts for him’: Intel CEO's $24 Million Stock Sale Before Disclosing the Chip Flaw Could Trigger Lawsuits, SEC Inquiry (

      Institutional investors are talking to plaintiffs lawyers about potentially filing suit against Intel over CEO Brian Krzanich's massive stock sale in November.

      • Krzanich gained some $24 million by selling all the shares and options he was allowed to sell under a plan he put in place only the month before. His plan was put in place months after Intel was informed of a major security vulnerability in its chips...
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