Worst Week Ever for Uber? CEO Caught On Video “I need leadership help…”

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick apologizes after being caught in argument with Uber driver. In the video he tells the driver, some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own Sh..(hhhhut yo mouth).

In his apology on Uber’s blog he writes, “This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it.”

The argument started when the driver stated he was upset with the decreasing rates for the Uber Black Car. He explains how this has impacted his life, and then it escalates from there.

A Rough Couple of Weeks

In January Kalanick wrote a Facebook post telling business leaders to work with controversial President elect Trump, and joined his business advisory council. In response to what appeared to be interfering with New York City Taxi Union’s strike protesting Trump’s travel ban, an estimated 200,00 people deleted the Uber app. Kalanick subsequently resigned from Trump’s advisory council on Feb 2.

Feb. 19, a female former Uber engineer wrote a blog post exposing alleged sexual harassment she experienced while an employee at Uber.

Feb. 22, The New York Times published an investigation into the “aggressive, unrestrained” culture at Uber.

Feb. 24, Waymo, a self-driving company created by Google, accused Uber of intellectual theft in a lawsuit.

And now this!

I’m not going to pile on ol’ Travy boy here. The driver was pretty upset and a little aggressive verbally in my opinion, so the natural human instinct is to respond as sharply. The problem is when you are the leader of a $60 billion company you are held to a higher standard, as you should be. A better response by Travis would have been to exercise more restraint and simply wish the driver the best. Hindsight is 20/20 as they say.

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5. WeWork

Valuation: $16.9 billion

Coworking startup

WeWork cofounders Miguel McKelvey and Adam Neumann


4. Snap

Valuation: $18.19 billion*

Formerly Snapchat, is a social media/camera company

CEO Evan Spiegel


3. Palantir

Valuation: $20.53 billion

Data-mining startup

CEO Alex Karp


2. Airbnb

Valuation: $30 billion

Home-rental startup

Product chief Joe Gebbia, CTO Nathan Blecharczyk, CEO Brian Chesky


1. Uber

Valuation: $68 billion

Ride-hailing startup

CEO Travis Kalanick


*Elon Musk gets an honorable mention. His aerospace manufacturing and space transport services startup, SpaceX comes in 6th place with “only” a $12 billion valuation. Poor fella.

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