Adam Neumann

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Adam Neumann was barking into a phone at one of his top deputies, livid at the headlines online and chyrons flashing on tv about his company. 

It was August 14, 2019, and WeWork–the shared office space startup Neumann co-founded–had just revealed all its financials to the world as part of a planned initial public offering. 

Neumann, the high-voltage 40-year-old CEO, was expecting a good day–one where a wave of positive press could propel his company to a blockbuster IPO and enhance the near-celebrity status that he and his wife Rebekah basked in. Such success had become routine: over the prior nine years, he’d easily won a top-notch roster of the world’s investors, high-caliber recruits and adulatory profiles in the media to create the country’s most valuable startup, worth $47 billion. 

Instead, negative press was mounting as the hours of the day ticked by, skewering WeWork for its hefty losses ($1.6 billion), the kooky language in its financial document (it was dedicated to “the energy of we”), Neumann’s long list of conflicts (he rented properties to WeWork), and — glaringly — a two-sentence disclosure that WeWork had purchased the trademark to the word “We” from a Neumann-run entity for $5.9 million …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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