Thread regarding Nike Inc. layoffs

People leaving Valiant Labs

I’ve heard half a dozen people have left Nike’s new business incubator group in just the last month. Lot of rumors about why the exodous, mostly around the VP running it. Anyone know more?

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easykicks has been around for years and is on life support. hands washing sneakers over a bucket on the resku website?

now valiant is trying to figure out how to reach the 50+ female which is rich given that nike gives you the ax at 40.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1Qsrp

"EasyKicks is an idea that will scale. Cultivator has great potential and Resku ties into sustainability goals and the reseller market."

EasyKicks hasn't scaled / won't scale. Cultivator is a gimmick. And Resku - I can get discount Nike's at an outlet.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1Qyxg

EasyKicks is an idea that will scale. Cultivator has great potential and Resku ties into sustainability goals and the reseller market. Yes, some people have left Valiant. It suffers from the same toxic culture and arrogance the rest of the company does. Meetings, politics and matrix b---s---. What a toxic company. Communications s---.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1Njch

Better deals at factory stores.

Valiant is a colossal waste of $.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1yzuc

https://resku.co/

Someone told me that this company, which is obviously Valiant Labs shell, is taking the shoes deemed unsellable upon return and cleaning them. Then they sell them at a 25% reduction. Funny thing is that I can go find a similar pair at Goodwill for 80% reduction, and then spend 5 minutes cleaning them.

Just not a well thought out business model. But what would we expect from this type of leader? Never created before. Better get internal comms and some external local creative agencies to create a spin for her fast!

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1xfzk

https://resku.co/

Nike is a brand. In the toilet.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1sfjw

“In my next life I want to come back as an entrepreneur in residence”. Or you could be the tooth fairy. Both jobs are fake and just meant to fool children or shareholders.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1lmgj

In my next life I want to come back as an “entrepreneur in residence” and get paid a corporate salary

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1lluh

Rather than white badging CDC and receptionist staff Nike should white badge Valiant employees. Make them sc-appy and introduce some risk. Would save a hell of a lot more $ than converting others.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1kcux

What exactly does Valiant do? Where is there output? How are they contributing to top-line or innovation? How come no one knows about it or sees any results? Wasn’t the fact that she completely and magnificently failed in sustainability, despite enormous budgets and world class talent an indicator of her capabilities?

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1erdm

I assume Adi did that shoe for a fraction of Valiant’s annual budget.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1dfoi

I see that adidas came out with a zero waste sustainable shoe yesterday. They seem to be leading the industry despite not having the staff or budget that Nike allocates. The real question however is how long until the VP of Valiant tries to take credit for the work? She took credit for flyknit even though she had zero involvement so might as well claim she did the adidas work too.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1bqte

“Common thread in those things mentioned - zero outputs for the company, just personal brand building”- yes that, as well as an imcompetent leader who is an industry fraud and internal bully.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-11nyu

Common thread in those things mentioned - zero outputs for the company, just personal brand building

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-11ocy

https://www.fastcompany.com/3018722/8-hannah-jones

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-Zydt

How do people like this thrive at nike all the while laying off people with actual morals and work ethic? Just completely disgusting! I'm glad I never worked there and never will, especially listening to these epic horror stories. Shame what nike has morally become.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-Yjzz

Stomping all over men and women since the early 2000s. The worst.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-Ywvq

Somebody struck a nerve. There were 31 posts and now 11. Comms must have been instructed to get rid of all posts that reference she-who-won’t-be-named.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-Xhjo

Damn this thread is spot on

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-vlnr

Great concept, wrong leader

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-oetz

Can we give $ to people who actually like sports?

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-jndx

Less budget to Valiant, more budget to FW quality so Zion doesn't wear Puma in the NBA

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-hakh

@XsXFTRF would you invest your own money in the shoe rental market?

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-evdl

Curious, do the people in Valiant (esp the leader) put their own $ into these start ups, or is it solely Nike $?

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-eoyj

You are definitely the minority

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-bulr

Maybe I'm in the minority but I've worked closely with that team and leader recently and found them to be a breath of fresh air. It's exciting to see people actually exploring new opportunities for the company and not spending millions on an R/GA deck just for hype. They are actually building things.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-brju

While we throw millions at internal ideas, our German friends are spending much less to invest in outside start ups. People with real risk and upside.

https://sgbonline.com/adidas-launches-sports-accelerator-program/

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-9efr

Boondoggle = getting Nike salaries and budgets while throwing $$$ at random start up ideas, none of which will scale. No risk, no urgency.

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Post ID: @XsXFTRF-1gwy

“Not that bright, but politically well connected” - that’s a great summary of nearly every VP & Sr Director here.

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