Ouster at Uber

Mike Isaac, Farhad Manjoo, Kevin Roose and Ashwin Seshagiri

The New York Times covered every aspect of the breaking-news story involving the resignation of Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of ride-hailing service Uber, after board members demanded that he immediately leave the company that he founded. The newspaper’s inside–Silicon Valley reportage focused on Kalanick’s brash, take-no-prisoners strategy to upend the transportation industry and beat back all competitors. The journalists explained that the CEO aggressively drove start-up Uber to become one of the most highly valued private companies in the world, with a $70-billion valuation, but Times reporters also showed that the company’s strategy of favoring private capital over public markets also enabled a culture of reckless behavior. The Times recounted Uber’s history of scandalous behavior, including numerous charges of sexual harassment at the company, an intellectual property lawsuit over self-driving cars brought by Google’s sister company, a federal inquiry into the software that Uber drivers used to avoid law enforcement, lying to the media and more. Wrote the Times: “This was a failure driven by plain greed, of ends justifying means.”

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