Uber’s Kalanick faces crisis over ‘baller’ culture

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber’s “baller” culture may have reached the end of the road.

CEO Travis Kalanick’s controversial history of flouting regulations and aggressively fighting the competition has in a mere eight years pushed the company to a $70 billion valuation, about $15 billion more than General Motors.

But now he is facing what may be his biggest crisis yet: Accusations of sexism that compound years of indications that an unchecked, hyper-alpha culture made Uber an uncomfortable place for many women to work.

On the heels of the #DeleteUber customer backlash for its initial cooperation with the Trump administration and response to the immigration ban, the startup that aims to remake transportation is taking fire from investors and the public over explosive allegations of sexist and discriminatory behavior.

Among the charges leveled in a detailed February 19 blog post by former engineer Susan Fowler: That Uber’s human resources department refused to discipline Fowler’s manager after he made sexual advances, even though he had harassed other women, and that Fowler was told to expect a poor performance review if she stayed on the team.

Fowler left Uber in December to join digital payments company Stripe. But her troubles may not be over. On Friday, Fowler asked her Twitter followers not to disclose any personal information about her if contacted, saying a smear campaign appeared to be underway.

“Uber is in no way involved. This behavior is wrong,” the company said in a statement.

But the charge has echoes of comments made by high-ranking Uber executive, Emil Michael, who stirred outrage in 2014 when he suggested Uber should investigate journalists who did not write favorably about the company… see more

source: usatoday

You may be interested

6 Habits to be a Highly Effective Student
Articles
0 shares15 views
Articles
0 shares15 views

6 Habits to be a Highly Effective Student

Jennifer Livingston - Apr 18, 2017

Some students are able to get straight A's and at the same time serve as the president of three clubs…

Five digital marketing trends to follow in 2017
Technology
0 shares31 views
Technology
0 shares31 views

Five digital marketing trends to follow in 2017

David R Harris - Apr 18, 2017

We are living in the era of digital technology where entrepreneurs get connected with their workforce, customers and stakeholders 24/7…

UberX launches pilot in Dubai, lower prices revealed
Technology
0 shares25 views
Technology
0 shares25 views

UberX launches pilot in Dubai, lower prices revealed

Newsmaster - Apr 17, 2017

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and ride-hailing app Uber on Monday announced the trial of the uberX service that…

21