Hi, welcome back to Insider Weekly, our roundup of the top business stories of the week. I'm Josée Rose, one of the executive editors of business at Insider. I'm filling in for Matt Turner this week. 

But before we begin, please take a moment to read through Insider's ongoing coverage of Russia's unprovoked war in Ukraine. Our global news team has been covering this crisis around the clock, and you can follow their live reporting.

Some of the latest updates: The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said that more than 1.5 million people have fled Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin called sanctions imposed on his country "akin to a declaration of war." President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Ukrainians to "go on the offensive." More here.

The events will have far-reaching repercussions in the geopolitical world, as well as in the global business and finance industries. Our first business story examines how tech employees of US companies in Ukraine are caught in the middle.

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How tech CEOs are supporting Ukrainian staff

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Brad Hoover, the CEO of Grammarly.Comparably

Ukraine has almost 200,000 IT workers, a report from Stack Overflow said, many of whom work for US companies.

Many of these startups' CEOs, who are in the US, are scrambling to ensure that their employees are safe and to provide them with whatever aid they can, three startups told Insider.

"Our team went from their day-to-day from being employees at a fast-growing, high-tech business to having survival conversations," said Guy Nirpaz, the CEO of the cloud-computing startup Totango. Similarly, Grammarly, the artificial-intelligence proofreading startup founded by three Ukrainian students in 2009, said it was in close contact with its Ukrainian employees as it attempted to ensure their safety.

Madeline Renbarger, Insider's VC and startups reporter, explains more.

What's been the sentiment among the CEOs you've spoken with?

Madeline: CEOs and leaders of American companies have been frustrated about the lack of direct ways they can help their Ukrainian employees, especially while they are under heavy fire from Russian forces in major cities.

How have they been helping their employees in Ukraine?

Madeline: The CEOs that I spoke to are primarily trying to get direct payments to their employees, whether it be financial aid or salary advances. They had also offered to relocate their employees before officials shut down the borders to all Ukrainian men ages 18-60.

What's one thing you've learned in your reporting that's stuck with you?

Madeline: Ever since speaking with Totango CEO Guy Nirpaz, I keep thinking about how even before the border closure, almost all of his employees refused his offer to relocate them. From enlisting in the military and volunteering for the Red Cross, they are fully dedicated to helping their fellow countrymen.

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What's next for Peloton — and its founder

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Kimberly White/Getty Images for TechCrunch; Peloton; iStock; Rebecca Zisser/Insider

John Foley, Peloton's founder, shocked many when he resigned as the company's CEO last month. But with 40% of Peloton's voting shares and a new role as executive chairman, Foley is still the most important person at the connected-fitness company.

Insiders described Foley as high-energy and passionate, as well as prone to micromanaging certain aspects of the business. So it's unclear how much he'll cede control of day-to-day operations to the company's new CEO. And with a combative activist investor seeking to oust Foley entirely, Foley's next moves may determine the future of Peloton.

See what's spinning for Foley.

Tech VCs are becoming top biotech seed investors

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iStock; Rebecca Zisser/Insider

Some biotech founders are shirking traditional biotech VCs. Instead, they're heading west to Silicon Valley to meet with tech investors.

Five biotech entrepreneurs told Insider that tech VCs offered them more favorable investment terms than biotech investors. In particular, they said the biotech VCs wanted them to give up control of their companies in exchange for cash infusions.

Why biotech founders are turning to tech VCs.

The many faces of Scooter Braun

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Patrick Fraser/Contour by Getty Images; Matthieu Bourel for Insider

Scooter Braun, the 40-year-old music manager best known for discovering Justin Bieber and beefing with Taylor Swift, presents himself as the consummate good guy. But some critics say he's burned a lot of bridges in building his empire, and conversations with entertainment insiders suggest there are many sides to the mega-manager.

Some people who have dealt with Braun describe a person consumed by his own larger-than-life vision of himself, who chased money and power so far down the road that he lost sight of all else.

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