Uber’s Opportunistic Ouster

The New Yorker – July 3, 2017

When Uber’s C.E.O., Travis Kalanick, stepped down after other influential investors demanded his resignation, Klein and Kapor’s words appeared to have resonated. Kalanick, who helped found Uber, in 2009, built the company into an indispensable amenity in many urban areas and one of the most highly valued private companies in history. This success was achieved against a backdrop of escalating management concerns and legal problems. In addition to facing allegations of harassment, Uber is in a war with its drivers over reducing their fares; it’s fighting an intellectual-property lawsuit charging that Uber is using self-driving-car technology stolen from Waymo, a part of Alphabet; and the Justice Department is reportedly investigating whether the company used software to evade regulators as it launched its service in new cities.

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