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- Travis Kalanick to step down as Uber CEO? Sure, ok, I’ll bite…Jeff Jones just quit, Google's lawyers are getting closer, a successful IPO seems like a distant fantasy and god only knows what scandal will emerge next. Predicting how Travis Kalanick will respond to Uber's towering pile of disasters is like predicting what could happen if a wild goose suddenly found itself locked overnight in a mortuary. Endless possibilties, but none of them good. The latest suggestion, buried in this BBC story and citing two sources, is that after finding a safe new COO, Kalanick plans to oversee an orderly transfer of power before stepping down as CEO. On the list of outcomes this one seems as unlikely to me as the goose sweeping the the morgue floor before waddling calmly for the door... but this is the BBC so we have to at least entertain the possibility it's true. Here are just a few of the questions naturally stemming from Kalanick… ..... Read More.3 days ago
- If the Uber/Waymo timeline is as damning as it looks, who else on Uber’s A Team is impli..."If we are not tied for first, then the person who is in first, or the entity that's in first, then rolls out a ride-sharing network that is far cheaper or far higher-quality than Uber's, then Uber is no longer a thing," -- Travis Kalanick on self-driving cars in 2016 Silicon Valley likes to talk about “mafias”: a diaspora of well-experienced, and frequently well-compensated executives and founders who’ve all gone through the glory and hell of building the same company and suddenly find themselves with nothing to do when it sells, shutters, or goes public. A bit like real mafias, the guys from, say, Netscape or PayPal are deeply connected to one another, trust one another, and have likely seen things they don’t want to relive. Unlike real mafias, members of tech mafias don’t generally speaking collude to do wildly illegal and immoral things. And then there’s Uber.… ..... Read More.1 week ago