Friday, 24 March, 2017

Uber CEO Apologizes For Lashing Out At Driver

AFP  Getty Images		Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick AFP Getty Images Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick
Preston Stone | 03 March, 2017, 00:17

"I am bankrupt because of you".

Kalanick eventually loses his temper.

Uber launched an investigation into its workplace after Fowler published a tell-all blog post last month in which she said she experienced sexual harassment at the company.

In the message to employees later, Kalanick wrote "To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement".

Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer whose February 19 essay detailed myriad examples of sexism, tweeted Thursday that "Uber names/blames me for account deletes, and has a different law firm - not Holders (sic) - investigating me".

"I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", said Travis Kalanick, who's built a reputation for breaking the rules and flaunting convention. "That is not what I did, and it can not be explained away".

Brauer said such training is always valuable but may be particularly so for many Silicon Valley leaders, who are relatively young for the number of employees, amount of revenue and size of the companies they manage. Kalanick moved swiftly to contain the damage.

"You're raising the standards, and you're dropping the prices", Kamel asserts, arguing that the cost of rides is too cheap.

The discussion revolved around the company's move to lower Uber prices, which Kamel argued that it hurts drivers.

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Kalanick recently asked top engineer Amit Singhal to leave Uber because of failing to disclose past sexual allegations during his job at Google.

Fowler also says in her tweet that she has retained the Palo Alto employment law firm of Baker Curtis & Schwartz.

Waymo -a self-driving auto project owned by Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc. -sued Uber last week, alleging theft of trade secrets. But, Uber's future has been thrown into doubt. She alleges her complaint was ignored because her boss was a high performer. The catch is if ever, an Uber driver smashes in a vehicle accident, will Uber insurance cover the driver & what about the passenger the Uber is ferrying? Waymo accuses Otto's founder Anthony Levandowski of secretly downloading LiDAR designs while he worked at Google before abruptly resigning and forming Otto.

Lyft said its ridership and driver applications have grown significantly since the first of the year, while Fasten, a smaller ride-hailing competitor in Boston and Austin, Texas, said its business has boomed since the "Delete Uber" campaign started in late January. "In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world".

Either crisis would be enough to embroil the entire company, but the two things together, now grouped with Kalanick's personal leadership faults and Uber's propensity for landing itself in court create a flawless storm that could make the company's future untenable.

The ride sharing company has selected former USA law chief Eric Holder to conduct an "independent" probe on Fowler's claims. The taxi aggregators Ola and Uber did not back down on driver's demands of stopping oversupply, reducing commissions, increasing fares or banning carpool. The apology could also help the company, which has a valuation of $69 billion, save face with embittered drivers, as well as with customers who have frequently seen the company wrestle with bad press. As far as naming her in e-mails is concerned, the company said that while it had mentioned her name in the initial e-mails, it had stopped circulating them soon.

"People are not trusting you anymore".

"We are disappointed to see that Uber has selected a team of insiders to investigate its destructive culture and make recommendations for change", the letter says.

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