Marissa Mayer says her Google bosses ‘yelled at us until we became what they needed us to become’ — and it wasn’t a bad thing

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  • Yahoo’s former CEO is Marissa Mayer, who was one of the first employees at Google. Mayer was recently interviewed by The New York Times.
  • Mayer told The Times that she modeled her management style at Yahoo on Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s leadership strategies. One example is setting clear expectations for employees.
  • Still, Mayer wasn’t so well-liked or highly rated as CEO of Yahoo; while Page had a very high approval rating as CEO of Google.

Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo and one of the first employees at Google, just gave her first interview since leaving Yahoo.

Mayer, who parted ways with Yahoo in 2017 when the company was sold to Verizon, spoke with David Gelles for an installment of The New York Times’ Corner Office column. One of Mayer’s most interesting comments is that she tried to model her leadership style at Yahoo after Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s management style in the early days of Google.

Here’s Mayer: “Larry and Sergey just yelled at us until we became what they needed us to become, and get done what they needed to be done. And so I said, look, I’m going to just rinse and repeat that, hopefully with less yelling.”

Mayer said she brought in management coaches and mentors to help shape Yahoo’s management strategy.

She went on:

“I think you can have high expectations as a leader, and as long as they’re consistent and clearly communicated, a lot of people find that really inspiring. I always knew what Larry and Sergey wanted. I knew what good looked like to them, and so I never got discouraged by them saying, ‘Wait, I don’t think this is ready’ or ‘I think this is overly ready.'”

Mayer and Page were perceived very differently as CEOs of large tech companies

Mayer was probably wise to emulate Page’s leadership strategies: In 2015, he was the highest-rated CEO of a large company, according to Glassdoor. (That was back when Page was still CEO of Google; after a reorganization in 2015, he’s now CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.)

Yet Mayer only cracked the top 50 on Glassdoor’s list of highest-rated CEOs once between 2013 and 2017. And in 2017, she was rated the least likable tech CEO, according to Owler.

Forbes reported in 2015 that Mayer was known among executives as a micromanager. “She would go line by line and decide on what date a contract should end,” a senior executive told Forbes, referring to the terms given to contractors and vendors.

Still, some former Yahoo employees praised Mayer’s leadership skill, such as Jelena Woehr, who wrote on Medium that Mayer always listened closely to employees’ concerns.

Mayer was vague in the interview with The Times about what she’s doing now: She’s working with a company called Lumi Labs and has “some ideas in the consumer space.”

Asked for her best tips on perseverance by Linkedin user Karen Lippman, Meyer said: “Develop a thick skin.”

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This luxurious hotel room is also a crazy paradise for gamers — take a look inside

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Panama City has a lot to offer tourists. Gorgeous beaches, historic sites, and a lively downtown area are just a few of the many attractions that bring millions of tourists from all over the world to the Central American city every year. 

But if you’re not into any of that outdoorsy stuff, you might enjoy a stay in this crazy hotel room, designed to be a gamer’s paradise, at the Panama City Hilton Hotel. The room was created by the Latin American division of PC company Alienware — a subsidiary of Dell — and showcased in a video this week touting the room in all its glory.

The room is decked out with Alienware gaming tech, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen:


A high-end Alienware PC and VR-gaming setup dominates the room, all centered around a racing-style gamer chair, pointed at a massive 65-inch TV. It reportedly costs $349 a night.

The room also features the usual hotel stuff: Two queen beds, cable access, full bathroom, and so on. 

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A close up of the battle station shows an Alienware Aurora desktop, a high-end gaming PC that starts at $899.99, and a color-changing backlit gaming keyboard, complimented with two Xbox controllers and an Oculus Rift VR headset.

The equipment in this photo is worth at least $1,500, by even the most modest of estimates.

If you happen to bring a guest with you and want to play a few rounds of “Fortnite: Battle Royale,” they can use the Alienware gaming laptop conveniently right behind the main chair.

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Michael Phelps has been ‘hammering’ rides on a Peloton and competing against other users under an alias

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  • Michael Phelps doesn’t train in the pool anymore; he’s taken to riding a Peloton.
  • Phelps rides under an alias and said he’s driven by competing with other riders.
  • Phelps recently said he pushed himself to ride 30 straight days, pedaling 500 miles and burning 28,000 calories.

Though Michael Phelps no longer misses swimming, he still has a competitive itch and a need to push his body to the limits. Instead of hopping into a pool, Phelps has taken to cycling — training on a Peloton and “hammering” out rides.

Peloton is a high-tech fitness company that allows users to access classes online without leaving their home. Their core product is expensive, costing $1,995 for the bike, but has gotten a cult following.

“We got a Peloton maybe last July, last August, and I’ve kinda just been really hammering bikes rides when I’m home,” Phelps told Business Insider. “I just got off of a 30-day-straight kinda kick where I just wanted to see what it would do and how my body would react to it.”

Phelps told Nick Zaccardi of NBC that he rode over 500 miles in those 30 days, burning 28,000 calories.

Phelps also said he rides under an alias in the online classes — he won’t reveal it — and said he’s driven by competing in the classes and seeing the digital “leaderboard” on the screen.

“And that’s another thing where I have the competitive side of me that really comes out,” Phelps said, adding: “I’ve had somebody next to me racing every single stroke of my life I’ve ever taken in the pool. It’s good for me to kinda be able to push myself.”

Phelps said his daily rides are now part of his routine, giving his day the kickstart he needs now that he’s not training in the pool.

Peloton riders will have no way of identifying who’s in class with them, but there’s a chance they could be competing against the greatest Olympian of all time.

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The 17 worst sequels to great movies, ranked

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Whenever a critically acclaimed movie does well at the box office, Hollywood studios are eager to throw money into a follow-up picture or even a series of sequels.

But some movie premises aren’t meant to be extended.

And many, many sequels aren’t executed with the thought or care of their far-superior original films, especially in series that have stretched over many years — as one sees in the chasm of quality between “The Terminator” (1984) and “Terminator Genisys” (2015). 

We adapted this ranking from our list of the worst sequels of all time, selecting the films that had a vast discrepancy in Rotten Tomatoes critic scores between their terrible sequels and great originals. 

Here are 17 of the worst sequels to great movies, ranked by the increasing discrepancies in their critical reception:

17. “Friday After Next” (2002)

Critic score: 26%

Sequel to:Friday” (1995) — 74%

Discrepancy: 48%

What critics said:The jokes are sophomoric, stereotypes are sprinkled everywhere and the acting ranges from bad to bodacious.” — San Francisco Chronicle

16. “Batman & Robin”

Critic score: 10%

Sequel to:Batman” (1989) — 72%

Discrepancy: 62%

What critics said:A sniggering, exhausting, overproduced extravaganza that has virtually all of the humanity pounded out of it in the name of an endless parade of stunt sequences.” — Chicago Tribune

15. “The Fly II” (1989)

Critic score: 27%

Sequel to:The Fly” (1986) — 91%

Discrepancy: 64%

What critics said:It’s got nothing on Cronenberg’s original – or the Vincent Price classic” — Sunday Times

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8 common mistakes startup founders make, according to former executives at Facebook and Foursquare

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  • Startup founders get gobs of cash, but little guidance.
  • Three former executives with experience working at companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, and Foursquare are providing a mentorship program that’s tailored to the startup set, called Oceans.
  • Here, they break down the most common mistakes they see founders making. 

In the past few years, startups have received an unprecedented influx of capital.

While entrepreneurs might have an easier time getting funding, they’re often confronted by problems that aren’t solved by money. Indeed, so much interest from investors can actually cause more problems. 

One new program called Oceans is hoping to guide startup founders in building successful companies. Founded by three tech veterans, who between them have experience working early on at companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, and Foursquare, Oceans is attempting to help entrepreneurs steer clear of common mistakes.

In an interview with Business Insider, Ocean co-founders Josh Rahn and Steven Rosenblatt outlined the errors that they see entrepreneurs making most often.

Here’s the top eight mistakes they said they see the most:

They’re chasing high valuations instead of building real businesses.

“This is a really slippery slope,” said Josh Rahn, a former group agency lead at Facebook. Rahn said that most  of the founders he speaks with are focused on solving funding problems, rather than fixing the flaws within their companies. 

They try to do too many things at once.

While being an entrepreneur can often require dabbling in many different roles, Rahn said that founders should always play to their strengths. “It’s not about being mediocre at three things, it’s about gaining expertise in really individual areas of focus,” said Rahn. “When you do that and you scale that, you can conquer just about anything.”

They hire the wrong people.

Rahn said that entrepreneurs should never underestimate the importance of putting the right person in the right role. Rahn, who said he’s hired close to three hundred people in his former position at Facebook, said that bringing mediocre people onboard can destroy a product, even if that product is inherently great. However, said Rahn, this works the other way, as well: “The best people on the best teams can still make a mediocre product spectacular.” 

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The 22 top Marvel Cinematic Universe sidekicks and supporting heroes, ranked from worst to best

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When you think about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, popular heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Panther probably spring to mind first. Or you might even think about the notable villains like Loki and Killmonger.

But the MCU is also rich with memorable supporting characters that have made their mark on their respective movies. Standouts like the rock-man Korg in “Thor: Ragnarok” or Black Panther’s technologically savvy sister Shuri stole the show in great movies.

Business Insider has gathered 22 of the most memorable (some more than others) supporting heroes and “sidekicks” in the MCU and ranked them worst to best. These are the characters that aren’t necessarily “Avengers” (yet) but could be; or they are regular people who have provided immense support.

Love interests like Natalie Portman’s character in “Thor” and Rachel McAdams in “Doctor Strange” were left off the list because the MCU unfortunately casts talented actresses in wasted, underwritten roles. There are, though, a couple exceptions, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts in the “Iron Man” movies and Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia in “Black Panther,” who have memorable roles that stand apart from the main character.

Below are 22 notable supporting heroes and sidekicks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked:

22. Ned (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

Played by Jacob Batalon

Ned, Peter Parker’s best friend, doesn’t really do much in “Homecoming” aside from providing comic relief. He does help Parker unlock some cool features in his Spider suit, but that’s about it.

21. Erik Selvig (“Thor” and “The Avengers”)

Played by Stellan Skarsgård

The astrophysicist Selvig was first introduced in 2011 in “Thor” and reprised his role in “The Avengers,” and then the sequels to both of those movies. You probably wouldn’t realize that he’s shown up that much in the MCU, even though he’s been a big help to Thor and the Avengers, because he’s kind of forgettable. And he spends much of “The Avengers” brainwashed. 

20. Harley (“Iron Man 3”)

Played by Ty Simpkins

Harley is a very, very supporting character who shows up in “Iron Man 3” and helps Tony Stark after his armor shuts down and leaves him stranded. The movie is so divisive, though, that perhaps the one thing most people can agree on is that this kid is the best part of the movie. 

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MoviePass is losing $20 million a month — and starting to look a lot like a famous dot-com bust (HMNY)


  • One of the lessons of the dot-com bust was that services that seem too good to be true probably are.
  • Since it dropped its price to $10 a month, MoviePass, the subscription movie ticket service, has seemed to be just that — too good to be true.
  • Executives insisted the service was rationally priced and the company was developing a valuable asset in its large and growing subscriber base.
  • But documents released showed the company is doing just what skeptics suspected — losing gobs of money.

Of all the companies that came and went in the dot-com boom and bust, the one I most regret not using before it died was

Kozmo was essentially an online convenience store. At just about any hour, you could place an order for whatever it was you were in need of at that moment, and the company would deliver it — quickly and for free.

Because it didn’t have a minimum order size, you could get away with ordering a single candy bar or a pack of gum. A buddy of mine, after getting a song stuck in his head, would go on Kozmo and order a single CD to be delivered to his house.

The service was so amazing at the time, it sounded too good to be true.

And, of course, it was.

It turned out that once you factored in delivery costs, Kozmo was losing money on every sale. Its net loss in 1999, the last year it publicly disclosed, was $29 million which was 8 times the size of its meager total revenue for that year. By the time Kozmo shut down in 2001 — four years after it launched — it had burned through $250 million in venture capital funding and had little left to show for it.

The lessons of Kozmo and other, similar dot-com busts have kept coming back to me repeatedly in recent months, particularly as the craze over MoviePass continues.

MoviePass has been a big hit with consumers — but that’s its problem

By now, you’ve probably heard about MoviePass. It’s the company that offers a subscription service that allows you to attend one movie each day in the theaters for only $10 a month.

MoviePass has actually been around since 2011, but barely made a stir with the general public until it cut its rates to the $10 price in August. Since then, its service has taken off, hitting 1 million subscribers before the end of last year and 2 million by February. Just by itself, MoviePass bought 1 million tickets to “Black Panther” for subscribers.

But ever since MoviePass made a splash by announcing its $10 a month plan, I’ve thought there was something very Kozmo-like about it. The company’s service sounded just too good to be true.

moviepass CEO mitch loweThe average price of a single movie ticket was almost $9 last year, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. At that price, MoviePass subscribers starts saving money by using the service with the second movie they see each month. Each movie they see after that each month is essentially free.

Things are even better for customers in areas such as New York and San Francisco, where ticket prices are generally significantly more than the average, and often top $10. Subscribers in those areas can often save money on the very first movie ticket they buy each month if they use MoviePass. And if customers signed up for the annual plan that MoviePass temporarily offered — which averaged about $7.50 a month — they can save even more money.

That’s a great deal for consumers. But it’s a recipe for disaster for a company. The whole thinking behind MoviePass is to encourage consumers to get back into the habit of watching movies in theaters. But it loses money on anyone who sees more than one movie in a month. And the customers that use the service the most are the ones that cost the company the most money.

MoviePass has been publicly dismissing concerns

MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe, a former Netflix executive, has been shrugging off these concerns. Instead of the price being irrationally low, Lowe has argued that the service is priced just right. The average casual moviegoer only sees about one movie a month, meaning that the service is priced at around breakeven for them and for the company.

Meanwhile, MoviePass is building up a valuable asset in the form of its large and growing subscriber base, Lowe has argued. Theaters and other companies will pay to advertise to them, he’s predicted. And theater chains will end up offering the company discounted tickets and a cut of concession sales, figuring that MoviePass is helping to bring in more viewers to their venues than they’d otherwise have, he’s said.

That’s a nice dream, but as MoviePass’ parent company made clear this week, its reality is much closer to what I believed it to be — MoviePass is losing money hand over fist.

But the company’s business model looks a lot like a dot-com bust

The company’s annual report indicates that MoviePass is spending far more money buying tickets than it’s getting in subscription revenues, a business model that Kozmo would have been familiar with.

Thanks to that, as Business Insider reported, MoviePass has been burning through about $20 million a month since September. Just between December 19 and February 20, parent company Helios and Matheson, which only took control of MoviePass on December 11, advanced MoviePass nearly $56 million to support its operations, Helios disclosed in its annual report this week. Helios gave MoviePass another $35 million between March 1 and April 12.

In fact, MoviePass is burning through money so quickly that Helios had to go to the public markets to raise more funds. And even after raising $30 million this week, it warned investors that it would need to keep raising money.

MoviePass has become such an albatross for Helios that the company’s auditors issued a warning in its annual report that there was substantial doubt it would remain in business over the next year.

That too was familiar. We saw a lot of similar “going concern” warnings during the dot-com bust.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Lowe and MoviePass will pull this out. Maybe the company won’t be our era’s version of Kozmo.

But right now, I feel like I’ve seen this movie before, and I know the ending.

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The 10 characters most likely to die in the next ‘Avengers’ movie

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Avengers: Infinity War” will bring together over a dozen of your favorite Marvel superheroes.

While it will be exciting to see Tony Stark interacting with the likes of Doctor Strange and Spider-Man again, it should also cause a bit of concern. Let’s be real. Everyone’s not making it out of this movie alive. There are just too many good guys in it. 

So we decided to put together the ultimate guide of which Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more may not make it out of the great “Infinity War” alive.

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10. Doctor Strange — 10%

Things aren’t looking great for Strange in that trailer where he’s facing off against one of Thanos’ men, but we doubt that’s the end for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Marvel superhero.

He just recently showed up in the Cinematic Universe. He could possibly get his own standalone sequel, and if anything was to happen to Tony or Cap he seems like the right leader for the Avengers. We’re feeling pretty good about the Doctor’s chances of survival.

9. The Collector — 35%

The Collector was previously given the red gem stone to protect. If Thanos has already collected it from him, he may not be alive anymore. This would be a real shame though if we never get to see him on screen with his brother, The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

8. War Machine — 40%

Look, we’re thrilled to see Rhodey back in action after he took a tumble in “Captain America: Civil War.” Maybe he has some plot armor after his near-death experience, but it’s tough to see how all of the mortals without real powers have a shot against aliens. 

Unless he plans to take over as the next full Iron Man, he’s out. 


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15 tips and tricks to play and win at Fortnite Battle Royale, the most popular game in the world right now


In just about seven months, “Fortnite Battle Royale” has become the hottest game in the world.

The game is not only free-to-play for anyone, it’s also everywhere you could possibly play a video game: It’s a free download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, but also iOS. It’s coming soon to Android.

The gist of “Fortnite Battle Royale” is simple: 100 players are dropped onto an island with a constantly-shrinking “safe zone.” There are weapons and special items scattered all over the island. The goal is to be the last person standing at the end.

“Fortnite Battle Royale” may seem straightforward, but it’s actually a very nuanced game with plenty of depth. And knowledge, in addition to fast reflexes, is crucial to surviving and winning the 100-person battle royale.

And so, here are 15 tips and tricks to win at “Fortnite Battle Royale”:

1. Take advantage of the training area before the game starts.

Before every game, all of the players are loaded into a lobby of sorts, where you’ll be able to pick up a few weapons and materials to practice shooting and building, respectively. If you’re feeling unsure about controls, use this time to get familiar.

2. Use your pickaxe on everything you can, especially at the start of each game.

Every character in “Fortnite Battle Royale” carries an indestructible pickaxe, and almost every object in the game can be destroyed with your pickaxe. Just hit it repeatedly to gather its materials — wood, metal, or brick — which you’ll use to build forts, ramps, walls, and defenses.

Gathering materials early on is the key to a good defense in “Fortnite Battle Royale.” The best players break everything apart from the very start of the game, from trees to boxes and even walls and floors.

3. Learn to build. Building is the key to your defense, and defense often means survival.

This is crucial for newcomers. Practice making quick buildings and ramps around your character in just a few seconds, which can save your character if you’re getting shot at. Practice building to climb mountains and buildings quickly. Keep practicing. Building is your best mode of transport in “Fortnite,” but it’s also your very best defense aside from the potions and Med Kits you’ll find strewn around the island.

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RANKED: The best-looking iPhone designs, from the original iPhone to the iPhone X (AAPL)

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Apple has made a lot of gorgeous smartphones over the years.

While the iPhone has evolved plenty over the years, particularly with regards to functionality, we thought it’d be fun to just focus on how the exterior of the phone has changed over the years, and rank our favorite looks.

Here are the best-looking iPhone designs of all-time, from the original iPhone to the iPhone X:

12. The original iPhone

We’ve written extensively about how terrible the very first iPhone was from a technical standpoint when it was launched in 2007.

From a design perspective, though, it was a good-looking phone that was intuitive to use, with buttons and the mute toggle on the side, and the power button on top. With its silver trim and matte back, it looked like a more premium version of the iPod Touch. More beautiful iPhone models came along, but this was the model the launched the smartphone wave that defined the last decade. 

11. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were very similar to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The phones were slightly thicker, slightly heavier, and made of a stronger aluminum that made it tougher to bend. It also had a finish that made it slightly less slippery to hold.

Other than that, Apple kept all the design choices from the iPhone 6, for better or worse. The display was still the star of the show, but details on the back of the phone — like the awkward antenna lines and the rear camera bump — left much to be desired.


10. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple ditched the glass portions from the iPhone 5S and went whole-hog on aluminum with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The all-aluminum design made those phones much thinner and much lighter than previous iPhone designs, which had an unintended consequence where people tested the phone’s flexibility by bending it, leading to the much-publicized #BendGate.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus featured a new rounded look, compared to the flat edges of the iPhone 5 and 5S, making them look more like iPod designs from way back when. But the biggest improvement in the iPhone 6 line was the display: Apple upgraded from the 4-inch screens of the iPhone 5 era to a larger 4.7-inch screen for the iPhone 6, and a much larger 5.5-inch screen for the iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone 6 phones were the first inkling that Apple wanted to create a phone that was mostly display. Still, those antenna lines on the back were not very appealing, and this was the first iPhone to introduce the rear camera bump: The lens is raised slightly off the back of the device, which meant the phone couldn’t lie perfectly flat on a table.

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