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Read on for more on SoulCycle’s top instructors mistreating staff, Moderna’s research revolution, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s leadership shift.

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Soulcycle’s top instructors mistreated staff

From Katie Warren:

In August 2014, Jennifer Brody was working as a studio manager at California’s Palo Alto SoulCycle when she met Conor Kelly, a “master instructor” with SoulCycle. Kelly was in town from the East Coast to teach a class.

After riding in his class, Brody, who is a Black woman, said she changed out of her workout clothes and put a bandana on her head. When she passed Kelly in the studio, she said, he laughed and said “Whoa — Aunt Jemima!” in an apparent reference to the syrup and pancake brand.

“That he felt OK calling me ‘Aunt Jemima’ in the middle of a studio lobby in Palo Alto was disgusting,” Brody recently told Business Insider. Brody said she told a couple of instructors of color about Kelly’s remark, but she didn’t officially report it because, she believed, “There wasn’t anyone who would have cared.”

“SoulCycle kind of turned the cheek on a lot of stuff as long as they were making money,” Brody added.

SoulCycle instructors were fawned over by riders and the company’s top brass, but insiders said inappropriate behavior became more commonplace as SoulCycle’s cult following grew.

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SoulCycle’s top instructors had sex with clients, ‘fat-shamed’ coworkers, and used homophobic and racist language, but the company treated them like Hollywood stars anyway, insiders say

Moderna’s research revolution

From Andy Dunn:

In January, Stéphane Bancel, the chief executive of Moderna, was skimming through the news on his iPad while vacationing with his family in the south of France. A headline stopped his finger: “Health Officials Work to Solve China’s Mystery Virus Outbreak,” The Wall Street Journal reported on January 6.

The Frenchman, who is 48, wrote an email to Dr. Barney Graham, a vaccine researcher at the US National Institutes of Health, asking him what he knew about these pneumonia cases cropping up in central China.

Graham said he didn’t yet know the identity of the mysterious virus, but within a few days it was identified as a novel coronavirus. Bancel urged the Graham to let him know when government scientists had the virus’ genetic sequence.

His company, Moderna, was ready to get to work.

Now, less than a year later, Moderna and the NIH have developed a …read more

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