Crunch Report | Benchmark Sues Travis Kalanick

August 13, 2017

Benchmark sues former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Tito hamzeEdited by: Tito Hamze Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and…

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Uber discloses details of Travis Kalanicks deposition in Waymo lawsuit

August 8, 2017

Uber unsealed former CEO Travis Kalanicks deposition in the Uber versus Waymo self-driving car technology case over the weekend. Kalanick, who was deposed for more than six hours last month, spoke about when he learned that Anthony Levandowski, who formerly worked at Google, downloaded documents related self-driving technology. The deposition yet again confirms that Uber was focused on building its technology from the ground up. Uber never wanted any Google…

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Theres a manifesto criticizing Googles diversity efforts circulating inside the company

August 6, 2017

A screed from a Googler against the companys diversity policies appears to be circulating internally at the company, according to Gizmodo, which has published the memo. Motherboard first reported on the existence of the document making the rounds, which Googlers condemned on Twitter. In it, the author of the manifesto appears to try to argue that the gender gap in technology is not a product of discrimination but rather inherent…

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‘No more brilliant jerks’ Arianna Huffington ushers in the new Uber

August 1, 2017

While Huffington doesnt want to be Ubers next CEO, shes been putting in the hard yards trying to turn the companys tarnished reputation around The next Uber CEO will be charged with sweeping up multitudes of corporate sins. In their in-tray will be a daunting array of problems and issues to resolve in the wake of Travis Kalanicks high-profile departure last month. These include rehabilitating the company internally and externally…

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Some Uber employees are reportedly petitioning for Travis Kalanick to stay

June 23, 2017

Theres a petition circulating among Uber employees asking the board of directors to let Travis Kalanick return to the company, Recode reports. The email going around talks about how Kalanick is critical to the companys future success. It ultimately asks employees to show their support for Kalanick and push for him to get reinstated in an operational role. Update 10:45am PT:The letter, which was signed by over 1,100 employees (Uber…

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Ubers toxic culture risks its driverless future, too

June 22, 2017

So Ubers blowhard-in-chief Travis Kalanick is finally out, out as CEO after some of its most prominent investors put the squeeze on him to go (not just take a time out). Scandal after scandal has hammered the company in recent times, culminating in an external investigation into a corporate culture accused by a former female employee of being rife with sexism, aggression and inequality. Kalanicks aggressive style of management has…

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Dont cry for me, Ubertina

June 22, 2017

Uber has been in trouble for a while. The company was built on a bro-tastic, anything goes attitude that goes way back to God View and the targeted harassment of journalists. In short, it was built on an original sin that was never washed clean. There are two takeaways circulated in the Valley this week regarding Travis Kalanicks departure. The first is similar to this one: Travis leaving Uber is…

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Woman raped by an Uber driver in India is now suing the company for privacy violations

June 16, 2017

A woman raped by her Uber driver in India is indicting both the company and three present and former top executives after it was exposed Eric Alexander, the companyspresident of business in Asia Pacific, had accessed and was carrying around her medical records. The woman, a Texas resident identified as Jane Doe in the case, is suing for intrusion into private affairs, public disclosure of private facts and libel and…

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Uber delivers letter of sexual harassment probe recommendations

June 14, 2017

Former Attorney General Eric Holder and his regulation partner Tammy Albarran announced some most anticipated recommendations based on an internal harassment probe to employees in an all-hands powwow this morning. The board agreed, after several hours on Sunday to choose all 10 recommendations given by rule firm Covington& Burling LLP, where Owner and Albarran are marriages. You can read the 13 -page letter with all recommendations here. But tl ;d…

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No acting CEO at Uber, no problem?

June 14, 2017

Uber has bucked convention from the outset, so it wasnt entirely surprising when, earlier today, company cofounder and CEO Travis Kalanick announced that hes taking a leave of absence from his San Francisco-based ride-hailing juggernaut without naming an interim CEO or disclosing a return date. Instead, Kalanick told employees, the company will be run by his direct reports. Meanwhile, owing to the results of a probe led by former U.S….

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