DoorDash, EA Sports, and Dollar Shave Club have dropped YouTube star David Dobrik after a rape allegation against a former member of his Vlog Squad

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What we’re going over today:

  • A woman featured on YouTube star David Dobrik’s channel says she was raped by a Vlog Squad member in 2018. After Insider’s reporting, Dobrik was dropped by brands like DoorDash, EA Sports, and Dollar Shave Club.
  • Apollo’s hard-driving culture is extreme even by Wall Street standards, and it’s burning through young workers.
  • Mailchimp employees detail the conditions that led to a “mass exodus” of women and people of color.
  • Hedge fund titan Chase Coleman shared his strategies for getting in early on the next Amazon.

Here’s what’s trending this morning:

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Vlog Squad hit with rape allegation

From Kat Tenbarge:

A group of seven college students was on their way to meet David Dobrik, but Hannah didn’t know who he was.

The friends piled into one of their cars to go shoot a video with Dobrik’s YouTube-famous posse, the Vlog Squad. Hannah knew her friends watched videos made by the group, yet had no idea how famous they really were.

At the time, November 2018, Dobrik was about to surpass 10 million YouTube subscribers and was well on his way to becoming one of the platform’s biggest stars. By March 2020, he’d be named “Gen Z’s Jimmy Fallon” by The Wall Street Journal, living in a $9.5 million mansion with a $200,000 Aston Martin, thanks to lucrative sponsorships with brands such as SeatGeek and Chipotle, which once sold a burrito named after him.

Earlier that day, some of the students had begun chatting over Instagram with a Vlog Squad member who went by the name Durte Dom. Dom, whose real name is Dominykas Zeglaitis, said he wanted to “hook up” with them — according to direct-message transcripts reviewed by Insider — and some of Hannah’s friends were interested.

Hannah, a 20-year-old sophomore at a private liberal-arts school in Los Angeles at the time, didn’t know what to expect, but she was up for an adventure.

She said she couldn’t have predicted what would happen that evening, and that the events have left her with trauma.

Read the full story here:

  • A woman featured on YouTube star David Dobrik’s channel says she was raped by a Vlog Squad member in 2018 the night they filmed a video about group sex

Shortly after Insider’s story published, Dobrik posted an apology to his podcast channel, where he addressed rape and sexual-assault allegations. Since then, major brands have distanced themselves from Dobrik. 

  • YouTube star David Dobrik has been dropped by brands like DoorDash, EA Sports, and Dollar Shave Club after a rape allegation against a former member of his Vlog Squad

Wall Street burnout

From Casey Sullivan and Dan Geiger:

It was a rule that became fodder for jokes among associates inside the $450 billion investment giant Apollo Global Management.

In May, the coheads of Apollo’s $80 billion private-equity business, Matt Nord and David Sambur, banned work calls and emails from Friday to Saturday evenings.

The move was meant to create a small respite in a workplace that, even by Wall Street’s standards, had become notorious for its blowtorch pace. But like some other efforts to improve the work-life balance at Apollo, the rule quickly faded from view.

Associates told Insider partners at the firm compensated for the communications hiatus by piling on extra work on Saturday night. Within a month, it seemed as though the mandated break had disappeared, said two associates, one of whom has since left.

Now the firm is grappling with the departure of a large portion of its associate class, an exodus that chips away at the manpower necessary to sustain its active deal flow. It’s a trend that’s accelerated in the past few years, according to current and former Apollo employees, and is now crescendoing as Wall Street at large reckons with psychological tensions stemming from remote work.

Read the full story here:

  • Apollo’s hard-driving culture is extreme even by Wall Street standards, and it’s burning through young workers. Here’s why $450,000-plus pay and rules to ban weekend emails aren’t enough to keep them happy.

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  • Blackstone struck a secret deal to lock in a $100 million-a-year client, an unsealed lawsuit claims

Mailchimp exodus

From Tyler Sonnemaker:

On November 12, Mailchimp CEO Ben Chestnut sent a Slack message to his employees saying he “wanted to acknowledge the elephant in the room.”

“We’ve had more people than usual leave the company lately, including some great leaders,” he said in the message, which was viewed by Insider.

Those departures included many of Mailchimp’s highest-ranking women and people of color. Chestnut said he was “interested” in how these departures would impact Mailchimp’s diversity, and thanked its employee resource groups for “raising this concern,” but said higher attrition rates are “normal and expected for a high-growth company” like Mailchimp and that “there’s nothing going on behind the scenes that you should worry about.”

But Chestnut had apparently failed to mention possibly the biggest elephant in the room, which would soon spark a lot of worry among employees: Shareka Nelson, Mailchimp’s first head of diversity, equity, and inclusion, would be leaving the company within a week, despite being hired barely a year earlier.

Read the full story here:

  • 30 current and former Mailchimp employees detail the conditions that led to a ‘mass exodus’ of women and people of color

Also read:

  • Employees at Omnicom-owned Zimmerman Advertising say the agency is pressuring them to return to the office
  • This engineer realized she was underpaid thanks to transparency with coworkers. Now, her tech-salary survey aims to help others.

ICYMI: Chase Coleman’s secret sauce

From Alex Morrell:

Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management was by some measures the top hedge fund last year.

Riding a 48% return from its flagship fund, the firm returned $10.4 billion to its investors in 2020, the most among the 20 top-performing hedge funds tracked by LCH Investments, a fund-of-funds firm.

In the anniversary letter written at the end of February, the secretive Coleman took investors inside the early days at Tiger Global and explained how some of the firm’s home runs happened — and mentioned some of the fund’s major whiffs and growing pains along the way.  

Read the full story here:

  • Chase Coleman did a deep dive on 20 years of blowout performance at Tiger Global and shared his strategies for getting in early on the next Amazon

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