WFH paranoia is real — Next gen health disruptors — Gap's comeback

 
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The new leaders transforming the healthcare industry

There's an elite group of doctors, scientists, executives, and founders who are rethinking and improving how we keep people healthy. Out of hundreds of nominations, these are Insider's 30 under 40 set to revamp healthcare — and here's a look at one of the featured leaders:

Dr. Nworah Ayogu, 33, is defining the future of Amazon Pharmacy

By the time Nworah Ayogu got his medical degree from Harvard University in 2015, he'd researched vaccines for brain tumors, helped stand up his hometown's first office of minority health, and codeveloped a service for infant care via text messages in Cape Town, South Africa.

With an MBA also in hand, he went into residency at Columbia University already well acquainted with the limitations of medical care. Then, in 2017, he joined Cityblock Health, a tech-oriented health startup that cares for vulnerable populations.

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The honeymoon and hype may be over for cloud software 

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Cloud customers are getting more cautious when approaching services like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud. A growing number of VCs and Wall Street firms have cooled on restructuring their information technology and willingness to front the costs:

AWS, the market leader, is on track to bring in $59 billion in revenue this year after posting growth of 37% over the previous quarter, and Google Cloud had $4.6 billion in revenue last quarter, up 54% year over year. The numbers are impressive given that the clouds have at times struggled to show growth as their businesses mature.

In other words, while cloud is still a booming sector and will likely remain that way for some time to come, its hype may be wearing off as customers reassess the costs and benefits of restructuring their information technology. 

And that dynamic could create an opening for old-guard companies like Cisco, Oracle, and VMware, whose data-center-focused products — not long ago written off as irrelevant because of cloud's dominance — seem more vital than ever.

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The Gap comeback begins now

A Gap employee packs shopping in a bag while a customer pays

The once-iconic American retailer Gap has been in decline for decades. But its revenue rose dramatically year-over-year during the pandemic, which its CEO attributed partially to new marketing campaigns. Social media buzz and influencer hype may also helped, as well as activist marketing campaigns and revamped products:

The onetime American mall mainstay has been shutting physical stores for years, and plans to close more than 350 Gap and Banana Republic stores in North America by 2023. It's instead making a bigger bet on e-commerce. Gap is working to improve its mobile experience and email personalization to drive sales. And it just launched a loyalty program to get people to spend more across Gap Inc. brands.

Gap's reset coincided with the pandemic, when people were seeking casual attire and longstanding brands, said Jason Goldberg chief commerce strategy officer at Publicis North America. E-commerce sales have helped offset in-store declines, growing 82% in the first quarter. It's seeking more collaborations like its deal with Kanye West's Yeezy, which Wells Fargo estimated could drive up to $990 million in incremental sales in fiscal 2022.

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Work-from-home paranoia is a real thing 

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Research suggests that the loneliness of working from home can seep into feelings of vulnerability and paranoia, like the idea that coworkers and bosses could be chatting behind your back on private Slack channels. Navigating paranoia starts with getting out of your own head:

Paranoia at work isn't necessarily a bad thing. Stanford's Roderick Kramer showed it can be a reasonable and appropriate response to a threat. He coined the term "prudent paranoia" to refer to a certain kind of attentiveness whereby being suspicious of others' underlying motivations serves as a form of emotional intelligence and covert information gathering.

Being "prudently paranoid" might give you an advantage in grasping social dynamics and predicting future outcomes. Problems occur when the paranoia becomes pathological — when you start reading into things that aren't there.

Vanessa Bohns, a social psychologist and professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University, recommended getting off Slack. It's rife with opportunities for miscommunication, she said.

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