Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber Technologies, Inc. If you haven’t heard (maybe you’ve been toiling in Elon’s tunnels ?), Uber has had a rough start to 2017. The Department of Justice just launched a criminal probe into the company’s use of “Greyball,” a system it used to identify regulatory officials and block them from booking rides. In January, it lost riders who objected to CEO Travis Kalanick’s (soon abandoned) seat on President Trump’s economic council.
In late February, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published an explosive blog post , accusing Uber of fostering a misogynistic corporate culture. A few days later, Google autonomous driving spinoff Waymo filed a lawsuit alleging Uber boosted its self-driving program by stealing its trade secrets. Half a dozen high-level executives have left since February. Financial records show the company burning cash at eye-popping rates, and profitability remains elusive.
In a mess like this, it’s hard to know which problems everyone might soon forget and which could hurt the company’s fortunes. To guide you, we’ve rounded up the latest fires, ranked by the likelihood they’ll be the one to scorch the house Travis built. 1. Waymo Attacks
On February 23, Waymo, Google’s self-driving car spinoff, filed a […]