Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Apparently Travis Kalanick Is Talking About Coming Back to Uber Management

We haven't yet removed the IsTravisStillCEO site from the blogroll at right.
From recode:

After Meg Whitman’s exit, Uber’s CEO search is down to only male candidates — as its board struggles and Travis Kalanick meddles
As the car-hailing company searches for cohesion, the former CEO has told some he is “Steve Jobs-ing it.”
Warring factions within factions, conflicting back-channeling, intense media scrutiny, questionable foreign influences and a capricious leader whose jarring moves leave everyone in a state of perpetual uncertainly. 

The Trump administration, right? 

Well, yes, but also Uber, as it nears its much anticipated decision on who will be its next CEO.
And, according to sources, that top leader is not going to be a woman, as the board of the car-hailing company struggles to move forward. 

To add to the drama: Some directors worry that its former CEO Travis Kalanick — who was ousted — is trying to game the outcome in his favor, after he told several people that he was “Steve Jobs-ing it.” It is a reference to the late leader of Apple, who was fired from the company, only to later return in triumph. 

That’s why, while I am always loath to dump a kitchen sink’s worth of reporting in one story, it’s hard not to since this particular pile of dirty dishes is so stuck together at Uber that it’s almost impossible to pry them apart. 

“If there was no hair on this dog, this would be a no brainer for anyone to take this job,” said one person close to the search of Uber’s next leader. “But this is the hairiest company anyone has ever seen.”...