Travis Kalanick was forced to exit from the world’s largest ride-hailing company, Uber over the strategic decision taken by the shareholders during their recent meeting over company’s current working conditions and position in the market. It all came for a sudden shock when one fine morning two shareholders of the Uber company personally visited the former CEO of Uber to hand over his termination letter and asked to leave the company which he co-founded in 2009. The company had seen a series of controversies in past few months since January including the sexual harassment allegations, the exit of some top management employees over inappropriate working culture and allegation about stealing of self-driving technology details by Waymo.
But it seems that many CEOs and business tycoons don’t consider Mr. Kalanick to be responsible for the current condition of Uber and are in complete support with him. The list included Marissa Mayer, former President and CEO of Yahoo who states that Mr. Kalanick wasn’t aware of the happenings in the company. She also stated that Mr. Kalanick is a great leader and he has been a victim of the fast growing phenomenon of the company. She also stated that when the company is rapidly growing then it becomes difficult to keep a track of all the things and Mr. Kalanick might be unaware of all these happenings in detail. Apart from Marissa Mayer, one of the Uber investor and an actor, Ashton Kutcher support Mr. Kalanick and stated that he shouldn’t be judged so soon, although he had made certain mistakes in the past.
In fact, there are currently many employees in Uber who are in complete favor of Mr. Kalanick and moved a petition across demanding he be called back. But still, questions arise when recently he was been accused of acquiring the medical records of the rape victim on Delhi, where he was specifically accused by the victim along with other two top management people. There have been a couple of cases and controversies where Mr. Kalanick’s name has been highlighted specifically and he has been held responsible. In such cases, can it be possible that the former CEO wasn’t aware of all the controversies and happening going on under his supervision? Even in the case of stealing data records related to the self-driving technology, Uber lost the case and was forced by the district attorney to hand over the details to the Alphabet Inc owned subsidiary Waymo.