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Ousted Uber CEO Plots a Comeback But it Is Not the Steve Jobs Kind

Ousted Uber CEO Plots a Comeback But it Is Not the Steve Jobs Kind

Brad Stone, Bloomberg

Can Kalanick mend his ways and reform Uber's toxic culture? Highly doubtful. Does he even want to? Uber's product teams are still functioning in a business-as-usual manner, but this mess won't get cleaned up until the CEO mess gets cleaned up.

3 days ago

Hertz and Avis Prep for Future With Self-Driving Car Partnerships

Hertz and Avis Prep for Future With Self-Driving Car Partnerships

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Car rental giants are looking to the future, with the goal of handling logistics for whatever company ends up winning the automated car arms race. If you can't beat them, join them.

3 days ago

3 Uber Investors Ask Benchmark to Vacate Board Seat

3 Uber Investors Ask Benchmark to Vacate Board Seat

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

Make no mistake about it: Ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who still has a board seat, is fighting back. That leaves Uber hamstrung in the interim, unable to hire a new CEO or get out of its own way.

5 days ago

Benchmark Files Lawsuit to Oust Former Uber CEO From Company Board

Benchmark Files Lawsuit to Oust Former Uber CEO From Company Board

Olivia Zaleski and Jef Feeley, Bloomberg

If Benchmark wins this lawsuit, gets Kalanick off the board, and thwarts any potential comeback as CEO, Uber can finally make a fresh start. That being said, Uber would not have gotten as far as it has come without the now-discredited former CEO.

7 days ago

Uber Operations Boss Ryan Graves to Step Down as Management Shakeup Heats Up

Uber Operations Boss Ryan Graves to Step Down as Management Shakeup Heats Up

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

Ryan Graves was a key personality in the early days when Uber was trying to get its act together. Oh, wait, Uber is still trying to get its act together but Graves helped make Uber a global brand.

7 days ago

Uber Planning to Rid Itself of Unsustainable Car-Leasing Program

Uber Planning to Rid Itself of Unsustainable Car-Leasing Program

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

Uber is trying to get its wayward house in order in preparation for an IPO. The first thing it needs to do is hire a qualified woman as CEO but it doesn't look as though that's going to happen if you believe the published reports.

1 week ago

It Was a Car-Free Day in Turkmenistan To Promote Bikes

It Was a Car-Free Day in Turkmenistan To Promote Bikes

Associated Press

Without or without car traffic, Turkmenistan will soon host the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, an event that it hopes will jumpstart the country's tourism industry.

3 weeks ago

Anti-Uber Protesters Block Roads in Croatia at Height of Tourism Season

Anti-Uber Protesters Block Roads in Croatia at Height of Tourism Season

Associated Press

Croatian authorities are considering legislation to regulate Uber but taxi drivers see their jobs threatened and aren't waiting for politicians to step in. For Uber, this is a nagging problem it has been facing sporadically in some jurisdictions around the world.

3 weeks ago

Lux Bus Startup Hopes Design and Flat Beds Will Make Overnight Trips Appealing

Lux Bus Startup Hopes Design and Flat Beds Will Make Overnight Trips Appealing

Colin Nagy, Skift

Cabin seeks to bring style and a "moving hotel" approach to the overnight bus journey. They've nailed the design and approach, but will Californians choose it over flying?

3 weeks ago

Asian Uber Rival Grabs $2 Billion in New Funding

Asian Uber Rival Grabs $2 Billion in New Funding

Lulu Yilun Chen and Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Uber still has a chance to succeed in Southeast Asia, despite being foiled in Russia and China. But yet another heavily-capitalized competitor in the space does not help its prospects.

3 weeks ago

iCars Denies That It Is Spinning Its Wheels in Corporate Ground Transport

iCars Denies That It Is Spinning Its Wheels in Corporate Ground Transport

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In theory, the merger of iCars and Limos.com promises a thriving black car service for corporate travelers. In practice, there is circumstantial evidence this investment vehicle hasn't yet left the repair shop.

4 weeks ago

Uber Exits Russia Through Deal With Local Rival Yandex

Uber Exits Russia Through Deal With Local Rival Yandex

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

At one point Uber justified its sky-high valuation with promises of global expansion in China, Russia, and India. This is likely not how they saw it all playing out.

1 month ago