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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Susan Fowler says Ubers apology to former riders is all optics

June 18, 2017

Uber apologized to some former riders in New York City and in other markets via email on Friday, saying that the company is aware it has fallen short and failed to prioritize the needs of its riders, drivers and employees, Business Insider reports.But throughout this entire fiasco, Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who accused the company of sexual harassment, has (rightfully so) not been pleased and is not buying…

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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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Is it time to start using Uber again? (nah)

June 15, 2017

Uber refugees who fled to Lyft now have to consider making a U-turn.Image: mashable, christopher mineses I hailed my last Uber ride in November 2014. That was the month the company took what we would now think of as a Trump-like turn, with a bizarrely self-sabotaging threat by one of its top executives to spend $1 million investigating the private life of a female journalist who’d raised questions about the…

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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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Uber board member resigns after sexist remark at meeting addressing sexism

June 14, 2017

In meeting on busines culture, David Bonderman said theres likely to be more talking when Arianna Huffington mentioned having more women on board Venture financier David Bonderman resigned from Ubers board of directors on Tuesday, after apologizing for making a sexist mention during an all-staff session earlier in the working day about reforming the companys culture. The resignation moves at a crucial time for the nearly $70 bn ride-hail firm….

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Uber investors who called it toxic are satisfied by plans for change

June 14, 2017

Freada and Mitch Kapor broke rank with typical investor silence in the face of scandals at their portfolio companies by publicly criticizing Uber in February, saying it was toxic and had a culture plagued by disrespect, exclusionary cliques, lack of diversity, and tolerance for bullying and harassment of every form. But today, the couple who invested in Uber starting in 2010 issued a letter announcing their satisfaction with the tough…

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Uber just lost its head of business

June 13, 2017

Image: bloomberg/getty images Emil Michael, an executive known to be very close with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, is out at the ride-hailing company, the New York Times reported. Uber confirmed the departure to Mashable and had no additional comment. You probably didn’t know his name, but Michael was one of the most powerful people at the ride-hailing service used by millions around the world. he was the close confidant of…

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Travis Kalanick’s future as Uber CEO under threat

June 13, 2017

Cab company has approved recommendations to fight sexual harassment in house, which some say is caused by the president of the united states management style The future of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is hanging in the balance after the embattled cab companys board elected to adopt a portfolio of recommendations to fight sexual harassment in the firm. Uber “re saying it” council had unanimously approved recommendations which stem from a…

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