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Starz execs explain how they're partnering with potential rivals like Amazon and Apple and sharpening their programming focus to cut through the noise (LGFA)

Starz has added streaming subscribers and reduced cancellations, even as legacy-media giants like WarnerMedia and Peacock launch rival offerings.  Two top Starz execs told Business Insider that comarketing with platforms including Amazon Prime Video and Hulu has been key to that growth. "We're going to market with them in a lot of instances to try to grab subscribers together," Alison Hoffman, Starz' president of domestic networks, told Business Insider. The premium-TV service, which hired a n...
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'I'd rather turn them into robo cops': Execs from Man Group, Bridgewater, and Schonfeld explain how they're trying to blend humans and machines

"Quantamental" is gaining hype on Wall Street. It's a type of investing strategy that tries to blend the best of quant funds and fundamental analysis. Bringing the two disciplines together is a feat in itself — hedge funds have tried and failed many times to get the culture and responsibilities just right. But both sides need each other, as fundamental analysts struggle to sort through massive amounts of data and quant models malfunction during never-before-seen market conditions brought on by...
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Addison Rae is the world's top-earning TikTok star, according to Forbes. She shared the inside story of her rise to fame.

Addison Rae Easterling, 19, is one of the top TikTok influencers in the world with over 54 million followers on the app. She began posting videos in July 2019 for fun and by December she decided to go all-in and moved out to Los Angeles from Louisiana. Easterling is known for her dance videos on TikTok and for being a member of the popular group the Hype House. She spoke with Business Insider in April about her rapid success online and how she is building a larger business with merchandise and...
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UK fintech startup Starling Bank triples customer deposits in 9 months and plans to break even by 2021 despite COVID-19 pandemic

London-based challenger bank Starling Bank has added half a million customers since November 2019 and is planning to break even by the end of this year, it said in its 2019 annual report and an accompanying trading update, published Thursday.  Starling, which famously shunned VC funding after it was founded in 2014, grew customer deposits from £1.01 billion ($1.33 billion) in November 2019 to more than £3 billion ($3.9 billion) at the end of July.  "Challenger banking is only sustainable banki...
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A new report says that Microsoft is expanding its acquisition interest in TikTok to include the entire global business, but a source says it isn't true (MSFT)

The Financial Times reported Thursday that Microsoft — the frontrunner in talks to acquire TikTok's US operations — is interested in buying the app's entire global business. However, a person familiar with the matter told Business Insider the report is "completely false." TikTok has more than 2.3 billion downloads globally. Reports have recently valued TikTok in its entirety between $30 billion to $50 billion. TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, has been exploring a deal to sell off TikTok's U...
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WATCH: 2 YouTube creators explain how they've adapted their businesses during the pandemic and how they got their starts as influencers

In this Business Insider webinar, YouTube creators and influencers Katy Bellotte and Ruby Asabor walked us through how they built their businesses using social media.  They also shared how they have adapted their businesses during the pandemic and the various ways digital creators are earning a living in 2020.  The conversation was moderated by Business Insider reporter Amanda Perelli, who covers the influencer industry.  Subscribe to Business Insider's influencer newsletter: Influencer Dashboa...
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Snapchat is once again helping its young users register to vote in the app for the 2020 election (SNAP)

Snapchat is once again rolling out tools that will allow users to register to vote in the app for the upcoming presidential election. The TurboVote tool was also used in 2018 to register 450,000 people in the app, more than half of which turned out to vote, but this is the first time it will be integrated into Snap's new Minis feature. Other resources, like guides and voting information, will also be available for users. Snapchat has a largely young userbase, a demographic to whom voting can b...
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Snapchat is once again rolling out a tool that will allow its young users to register to vote in the app for the 2020 election (SNAP)

Snapchat is once again rolling out a tool that will allow users to register to vote in the app for the upcoming presidential election. The TurboVote tool was also used in 2018 to register 450,000 people in the app, more than half of which turned out to vote. Other resources, like guides and voting information, will also be available for users. Snapchat has a largely young userbase, a demographic to whom voting can be a daunting task, and voting in the upcoming 2020 election will likely be even...
Tags: Trends, Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, Business Insider, NAACP ACLU, Democracy Works, BallotReady, Grace Panetta, Axios Snapchat


Former Sequoia partner Aaref Hilaly is joining Bain Capital Ventures as the firm boosts investments during a time of 'tremendous early-stage momentum on the west coast'

On Thursday, Bain Capital Ventures announced that former Sequoia partner Aaref Hilaly has joined the firm. Bain partner Ajay Agarwal said the firm is looking to double down on its west coast presence and early stage investment, and hiring the former Sequoia partner is part of that strategy.  Agarwal also said that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the firm has "seen an unprecedented level of company formation during this time." The firm, which has made 19 early-stage investments in 2020, plans...
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Microsoft is diving into the controversy between Google, IBM, and the open source community by launching a new attempt to dethrone hot cloud service Istio

Microsoft is taking advantage of a controversy created by Google last month to push its own new competing open source cloud technology. Last month, Google ticked off IBM and many others in the open source community over a popular open source project known as Istio.  Developers had been looking forward to the project being turned over to a vendor-independent organization run by the Linux Foundation.  Instead, Google created an odd new entity and turned the project over to that org. So on Wednes...
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Some TikTok stars are turning to cosmetic enhancements like 'glass skin' and jawline fillers, according to a nurse who works with influencers

Cosmetic procedures like a face-lift or tummy tuck have long been popular among Hollywood celebrities, and now face treatments and injections are entering the world of Gen Z influencers.  Kristina Kitsos, an aesthetic injector and non-surgical enhancement nurse, has worked with some of TikTok's biggest stars. She spoke with Business Insider about the treatments she administers and working with the TikTok collab group Clubhouse. "Younger influencers, like the ones in Clubhouse, I do some inject...
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Uber and Lyft just got hit with another lawsuit in California over claims the companies are skirting the state's gig worker law (UBER, LYFT)

California's labor commissioner announced Wednesday that her office is suing Uber and Lyft, claiming the companies are stealing wages from drivers by "willfully misclassifying" them as contractors instead of employees. The suit alleges that Uber and Lyft have failed to pay drivers minimum wage, sick pay, unemployment, and other benefits guaranteed to employees under state law. AB-5, California's hotly debated gig economy law, created stricter requirements for companies seeking to designate wor...
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Stanford business school graduates knew their classmates would soon found great startups, and they created a unique club to invest in them. The result is a $1.5 million fund bound by loyalty, community, and democracy

A group of students at Stanford's Graduate School of Business wanted to find a way to collectively invest in startups founded by their classmates. So they created an investment club backed by nearly half of the GSB's 2020 graduating class, who have together staked the vehicle with $1.5 million. The students see the vehicle as a way to continue the community they created at the school, to help out their friends, and to share in their success. The club has already made its first three investment...
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This pitch deck helped telehealth startup Heal raise $100 million and win a major partnership with healthcare giant Humana. Here's how the deal came to be.

On July 29, telehealth startup Heal announced it raised $100 million from healthcare giant Humana in a strategic funding round that valued the company at $300 million. The five-year-old Santa Monica-based startup specializes in doctor house calls and virtual visits, both of which have seen surging demand from patients wary of traditional doctors' offices during the pandemic. Cofounder and CEO Nick Desai told Business Insider that the funding was in the works well before the pandemic, but he ha...
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Houseplant sales are booming and so are 'Plantfluencers,' the social-media creators sharing plant tips, products, and content

As many people shelter-in-place at apartments and homes through the pandemic, houseplants have become a growing source of interest. Houseplant brands like The Sill, Horti, and Bloomscape have all reported a surge in sales. "Plantfluencers," the influencers sharing photos, videos, and classes centered on plant-care tips, are a part of this boom. Business Insider spoke with several plant influencers and brands about what it's been like to be in this niche space during the pandemic. Some plant in...
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One-click checkout startup Fast used this pitch deck to bag $20 million from investors like fintech giant Stripe. Here's its plan to take on Apple Pay.

One-click login and checkout startup Fast just raised a led by the $36 billion fintech giant Stripe. Fast's one-click login product is live, and in the coming weeks, it will roll out it's checkout product. Fast's existing investors include Global Founders Capital, Index Ventures, and Kleiner Perkins.  Fast's co-founder and CEO Domm Holland told Business Insider that the key to a pitch deck is to keep it simple, go sparse on text, and leave opportunities for investors to ask questions. Here's...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Paypal, Holland, Global Founders Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Mastercard, Lightspeed, Index Ventures, Business Insider, Stripe Square, Domm Holland, Global Founders Capital Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Fast, Business Insider Fast


Meet the VC making massive bets on the future of health and wellness startups as the ongoing pandemic enhances opportunities for home-based technologies

General Catalyst managing director Holly Maloney invests in health and wellness startups for the Boston-based venture capital firm. The former college athlete recently led the firm's $60 million investment in at-home fitness startup Tempo and is joining the company's board. She told Business Insider that she is also interested in startups that go beyond direct-to-consumer models by incorporating insurance providers and employers into the business plan, something she predicts will become more i...
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See the pitch deck that helped WorkPatterns raise $2.8 million in seed funding before the pandemic began, and predicted many challenges remote managers are now facing

WorkPatterns, a startup that offers software to standardize remote management strategies, raised $2.8 million in seed funding led by Javelin Venture Partners and Founders Fund. WorkPatterns cofounder and CEO Adam Berke told Business Insider that he had seen the challenges new managers faced as startups grow from small teams to massive companies after his own experience as a founding employee of NextRoll. The round closed prior to the remote work boom prompted by widespread shutdowns during the...
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, Business Insider, Google Doc, Berke, Adam Berke, Javelin Venture Partners, WorkPatterns, NextRoll Berke


12 books on leadership and success billionaire Jeff Bezos thinks everyone should read

With a net worth of $185 billion, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest person in modern history.  Bezos often credited his ideas and success to the lessons he learned in books.  Brad Stone, a New York Times best-selling author, published "The Everything Store" in 2013 and told the story of Bezos and Amazon. In the book, Stone disclosed the top books that Bezos counted on for career advice.  The list includes "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Prize-winning novel about a butler...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, England, Congress, America, Trends, Walmart, New York Times, Toyota, Jeff Bezos, General Electric, Kazuo Ishiguro, Collins


A cosmetic nurse with TikTok star clients explains the enhancements they ask for — from 'glass skin' to jawline fillers

Cosmetic procedures like a face-lift or tummy tuck have long been popular among Hollywood celebrities, and now face treatments and injections are entering the world of Gen Z influencers.  Kristina Kitsos, an aesthetic injector and non-surgical enhancement nurse, has worked with some of TikTok's biggest stars. She spoke with Business Insider about the treatments she administers and working with the TikTok collab group Clubhouse. "Younger influencers, like the ones in Clubhouse, I do some inject...
Tags: Amazon, Hollywood, Instagram, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Netflix, Korea, Morton, Business Insider, Leslie Odom Jr, Amelio, Jeffree Star, Teala Dunn, Kitsos, Kati Morton


Seeking nominations for the top beauty and fashion brand ambassador programs for influencers

Business Insider is launching a list of the top beauty and fashion brand ambassador programs for social-media influencers. We want to hear from you on which programs are the easiest to use and offer the best rates and perks.  Please submit your ideas by August 10 and email [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.  Subscribe to Business Insider's influencer newsletter: Influencer Dashboard. Many influencers, like YouTuber Margot Lee who has 440,000 subs...
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One of the very few Black women VCs says diversity can slow down business decisions — but that's actually a good thing

Lisa Lambert is one of the very few Black women in the venture industry. Lambert currently heads the venture effort of National Grid, a UK-based utility giant, but she's had a more than 20 year career in the industry, much of it at Intel. Her career has given her an opportunity to understand why the venture, startup, and tech industries are so lacking in diversity; partly, it's because they value fast decision-making and homogeneity enables that, she told Business Insider.  She also knows from...
Tags: UK, Stanford, America, Trends, Intel, Silicon Valley, National Grid, Black, Intel Capital, Business Insider, Brian Krzanich, Lambert, Troy Wolverton, Lisa Lambert, Richard Kerby, National Grid Partners


Big YouTube accounts are being plagued by hackers promoting Bitcoin scams resembling the hack that compromised Twitter (GOOGL)

Hackers appear to have taken over several big YouTube channels in recent weeks, changing the channels' names to topics like "SpaceX" or "Elon Musk" and promoting Bitcoin scams. The hacked channels, some of which have tens or hundreds of thousands of subscribers, post videos urging people to send Bitcoin in order to be paid back double — a common scam tactic. It bears similarities to the tactics used by hackers who compromised hundreds of high-profile Twitter accounts last month. Unlike the Twi...
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WhatsApp users can now fact-check forwarded message chains as another way to fight the spread of misinformation (FB)

WhatsApp, the popular, Facebook-owned messaging app, is rolling out a feature that helps users fact-check information forwarded in message chains. A magnifying glass icon now appears in the chat, which can redirect users to search the web for sources of information on the topic discussed in the message. The feature is the company's latest attempt to help curb the spread of misinformation. In early April, WhatsApp set a limit for how many times a message can be forwarded at one time in response...
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One of the very few Black women VCs says her 20 years in the industry helped her understand why she's such an anomaly — and how the industry's reverence for speed became the enemy of diversity

Lisa Lambert is one of the very few Black women in the venture industry. Lambert currently heads the venture effort of National Grid, a UK-based utility giant, but she's had a more than 20 year career in the industry, much of it at Intel. Her career has given her an opportunity to understand why the venture, startup, and tech industries are so lacking in diversity; partly, it's because they value fast decision-making and homogeneity enables that, she told Business Insider.  She also knows from...
Tags: UK, North Korea, Stanford, America, Trends, Intel, Silicon Valley, National Grid, Black, Intel Capital, Business Insider, Brian Krzanich, Lambert, Troy Wolverton, Lisa Lambert, Richard Kerby


TikTok salary data reveals how much it pays for key US jobs in engineering, product, data science, and more

TikTok and its China-based parent company ByteDance have been on a hiring spree in the US this year, even as the company has faced threats of a ban or forced sale by the Trump administration. TikTok plans to add 10,000 employees in the US over the next three years. Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification's third-quarter 2020 disclosure data for foreign workers to shed light on what TikTok and ByteDance paid employees in departments like engineering, product manag...
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A major Silicon Valley investor wants a teacher to set up a 'microschool' in his backyard — and he's offering to beat whatever salary they're making. He'll also throw in a $2,000 Uber Eats gift card.

"Pandemic pods" have recently become a popular option for schooling in the fall as coronavirus cases surge and parents look to skirt both potentially unsafe classrooms and ineffective remote learning.  Jason Calacanis, a top Silicon Valley investor, took to Twitter to say he was interested in creating a similar "microschool."  He posted that he was looking for a teacher to instruct a handful of kids in his Bay Area backyard, and even offered a $2,000 Uber Eats gift card to a referrer. Pods se...
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A startup that's helped brands like Hershey's and Petco make shoppable videos just raised $10 million to become an e-commerce platform that it says can help them drive more sales

Social video-turned e-commerce platform MikMak has raised $10 million, for a total of $14 million raised, the company announced on Monday. The social-video-commerce platform turned into a broader enterprise-software platform in February and has been helping brands optimize their online sales. MikMak says it can help brands and retailers understand what channels, audiences, and creative get people to buy. MikMak says it works with more than 150 brands and retailers and has Colgate, L'Oréal, Her...
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Jobs for data scientists — once the 'sexiest job in the 21st century' — are down due to the pandemic

Jobs site Indeed found that postings for data scientists are down 43% from this time last year. The job was once named the "sexiest job of the 21st century" by Harvard Business Review. Tech jobs as a whole are down 36% from their July 2019 level, exceeding the 21% decline in overall job postings during the pandemic. Tech titans had previously said there wasn't enough tech talent in the US, spurring college students to major in computer science.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stori...
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Recruiting software startup SmartRecruiters is soaring during remote work. See the pitch deck that sold investors on its potential 15 months ago.

Amid the coronavirus-induced shutdowns and widespread remote work, recruiting software startup SmartRecruiters has seen explosive growth. SmartRecruiters, a recruiting-software startup, raised $50 million in Series D funding at a valuation well above $300 million in May 2019. Insight Ventures, an existing investor, led that round, and returning investors Mayfield Capital and Rembrandt Venture Partners also participated. Jerome Ternynck, the founder and CEO of SmartRecruiters, shared the pitch ...
Tags: Trends, Business Insider, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Jerome Ternynck, Ternynck, Mayfield Capital