July 27, 2017

The story of Uber’s first CEO — before Travis Kalanick



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Travis Kalanick has become the face of Uber , the brash and super-successful entrepreneur that ” holds no prisoners ” and bleeds “Uber blood.”

But there was a time when Kalanick didn’t want to run Uber full time. And that’s where Uber’s first CEO, Ryan Graves, came in.

Then a 20-something newlywed fresh out of the Midwest, Graves was an unlikely executive who served only a short stint at the helm of Uber in 2010. But he has remained at the company through its success, and more recently, its turmoil.

In particular, Graves was aware of “greyballing,” a tool Uber used to evade authorities around the world, according to The New York Times . That program is now subject to a criminal probe, Reuters reported.

Graves’ stake in Uber is also enough to make him one of the world’s youngest billionaires, according to Forbes. That stake, and the board seat that comes with it, could become crucial as Uber considers who, if anyone, should be ousted over a series of scandals that include accusations of gender bias and alleged intellectual property theft.

Yet Graves’ role at Uber remains somewhat mysterious.An Uber insider told Business Insider that Graves, known as Uber’s “Mr. Nice Guy,” had […]

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