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Uber Gains a 'Scared' CEO

Dara Khosrowshahi is leaving Expedia to lead ride-sharing company

(Newser) - Uber's board has indeed made its "truce choice" for a new CEO. Per Recode , Dara Khosrowshahi, who's helmed Expedia since 2005, has officially been designated the new head of Uber after former CEO Travis Kalanick's drama-filled June resignation . Khosrowshahi penned a memo to his Expedia staff... More »

Uber Wants Female CEO, Has 3 Dudes in the Running

No women appear to want to take on ride-sharing company beset by sexism woes

(Newser) - After what the Washington Post calls "copiously combing through binders full of women across corporate America" in a search for a woman CEO to repair its sexist image, Uber has apparently come up with three names—all of them white guys. Rejected by the likes of Sheryl Sandberg , Meg... More »

Why Meg Whitman Won't Be Uber's Next CEO

Travis Kalanick is plotting a comeback

(Newser) - Some members of Uber's eight-person board were recently convinced that Meg Whitman would be the perfect candidate to replace co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO, but others—including Kalanick—wanted Kalanick to have the job back. Whitman, former CEO of eBay and current chief of Hewlett-Packard, met with some board... More »

Uber CEO's Resignation Was Months in the Making

Travis Kalanick was forced out by investors

(Newser) - The dust continues to settle after the resignation of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick from the $70 billion tech company he helped found. The New York Times interviewed more than a dozen employees and other insiders at Uber to get the lowdown on the months that led up to Kalanick being... More »

Sandberg, Huffington 'Don't Want Uber Job'

Facebook COO rumored to be board's first choice

(Newser) - Uber is looking for a new CEO, but the company's board may have to get used to disappointment: Sources tell the AP that Sheryl Sandberg, rumored to have been among the leading choices to replace Travis Kalanick, has made it clear that she isn't planning on leaving her... More »

After Uber Shocker, Everyone's Talking About Steve Jobs

But many say the ouster of Travis Kalanick isn't the same

(Newser) - Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's surprise resignation is drawing comparisons to another Silicon Valley ouster, that of Steve Jobs on his first go-round with Apple in 1985. Here's a look at what people are saying, including the pushback against those comparisons:
  • Deja vu: "This is shocking," writes
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After 'Hours of Drama,' Uber CEO Resigns

Move caps Travis Kalanick's 'dramatic fall from grace'

(Newser) - The bumpy ride is over for Uber's Travis Kalanick: After a shareholder revolt, Kalanick has stepped down as chief executive of the company he co-founded in 2009. Sources tell the New York Times that the resignation came after "hours of drama" on Tuesday, with five of the company'... More »

What to Know From Uber's Big Day

CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence, and more

(Newser) - Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking an indefinite leave of absence amid controversy at the ride-sharing company and the ensuing Eric Holder investigation , he announced Tuesday in a company-wide email. Also out Tuesday were the "sweeping" recommendations from that investigation, per the Washington Post . What you need to know,... More »

Big Day for Uber: Eric Holder Investigation Is In

CEO Travis Kalanick may take a leave of absence

(Newser) - Privately valued at $70 billion and operating in 80 countries , Uber seems to have as much potential as it does scandal. And that’s precisely what its board members are meeting about Sunday, reports the New York Times , when they’re set to discuss a possible leave of absence of... More »

CEO Set Out 'Sex Rules' Before 2013 Uber Party

Kalanick complained they meant he'd stay celibate

(Newser) - An email advising partygoers not to puke, throw kegs off buildings, or have sex without the other person's consent was sent not to the residents of Chug-a-Lug House, but to 400 Uber employees before a 2013 company party. In the letter obtained by Recode , CEO Travis Kalanick set out... More »

Uber Execs Reportedly Thought Rider's Rape Was a Conspiracy

They believed rival company concocted the account: report

(Newser) - Uber is at "an all-time low on morality," says rival company Ola, per Buzzfeed . That after a report alleging Uber's president of business in Asia Pacific got his hands on the medical records of a woman raped during a 2014 Uber ride in India and showed them... More »

What an Undisclosed Uber Meeting Says About Its CEO

Travis Kalanick met with Tim Cook in 2015, got a scolding

(Newser) - Mike Isaac's lengthy look at Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, the result of interviews with more than 50 people who are or have been professionally or personally close to him, isn't entirely without compliment. "Some consider him a math savant," Isaac writes for the New York Times ... More »

Uber President Quits Over 'Beliefs, Approach to Leadership'

Jeff Jones had been in job for less than a year

(Newser) - More turmoil at Uber: Jeff Jones, the president the company hired from Target less than a year ago, has become the latest top exec to depart, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jones, a marketing expert who joined the company after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company "needed a... More »

Uber Used 'Greyball' to Dodge Sting Operations

Secret software identified possible law enforcement agents

(Newser) - Yet more bad press for Uber: For years, the company has been using a secret tool called Greyball to avoid law enforcement in cities where it was banned, the New York Times reports. Uber used information like geolocation data and credit card details to pinpoint users that might be involved... More »

Uber CEO: 'To Say I Am Ashamed Is Understatement'

Travis Kalanick caught on video arguing with driver

(Newser) - "To say I am ashamed is an understatement," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in an email to staff after video of him arguing with a driver surfaced. In the video, Uber driver Fawzi Kamel provided to Bloomberg , Kamel argues about falling fares for the high-end UberBlack service at... More »

Post by 2nd Female Uber Employee: 'I Am Not Surprised'

And other reactions to scathing allegations of sexism at ride-sharing company

(Newser) - The fallout from Susan Fowler's Uber exposé continues. Fowler's revelations about her "strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying" stint, including accusations of sexual harassment and sexism, have led to disgusted posts on social media and consumers deleting the app—though Mashable reports an interesting notification informs exiting users... More »

Eric Holder Gets New Job With Uber

He'll head investigation into sex harassment at Uber

(Newser) - Eric Holder isn't just preparing to fight President Trump's administration on behalf of California . He's also heading what Uber CEO Travis Kalanick calls an "urgent investigation" into claims that the ride-sharing service discriminated against a female engineer while ignoring her complaints of sexism and harassment , reports... More »

Ex-Uber Engineer Describes 'Horrifying' Workplace Sexism

CEO calls for urgent investigation after Susan Fowler's blog post

(Newser) - Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promised an "urgent investigation" Sunday night after a former employee's blog post described the company as an uber-sexist place to work. In the post, engineer Susan Fowler calls her year at Uber "strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying," recounting how on her first... More »

Free Uber Rides Coming to Pittsburgh—Without Drivers

Company testing autonomous vehicles with 'safety' humans behind the wheel

(Newser) - If you're in Pittsburgh over the next few weeks and see a Ford Fusion cruise by with a driver who doesn't seem to be doing much behind the wheel, you may be witnessing one of Uber's new self-driving cars. Even though many analysts have said the advent... More »

South Korea Indicts Uber CEO

Travis Kalanick's charges could result in 2-year jail sentence

(Newser) - Uber's legal troubles continue, and this time, the CEO himself is in hot water, Engadget reports. South Korea has indicted Travis Kalanick for allegedly running an illegal taxi service, Yonhap reports, and his charge could lead to a two-year jail sentence or an $18,000 fine. Along with the... More »

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