The downfall of Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick is reverberating through Silicon Valley like a swing of the mallet ending a bad Gong Show act. And now the tech industry seems to be seizing this moment to save itself from its worst excesses.
Kalanick is by no means the only problem with the Silicon Valley of the 2010s. Plenty of bad players have helped create a tech universe stained by too much misogyny, financial lunacy, social irresponsibility and general asshole behavior. But Kalanick managed to combine all those characteristics into just one person. It is a rare feat usually reserved for the darkest corners of our society, and the White House.
So when, in late June, a group of Uber’s biggest investors demanded Kalanick’s resignation as CEO, it seemed symbolic—and hopeful. […]