Travis Kalanick Uber’s Polemic CEO

Two weeks ago, following six months of scandal and mayhem, co-funder and CEO of the Silicon Valley’s Uber, Travis Kalanick, has decided to quit his position in the company after a lot of pressure of their investors. Mr. Kalanick is accused of permitting racism, sexual harassment and sexism in the company, Uber stated that they are investigating about the claims of former employees.

Right after the decision was taken, in a formal statement to New York Times, Mr. Kalanick said: “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight”.

The company founded in 2009, has been facing some legal problems through the years, one of the most recent ones started when the US Department of Justices begun a criminal investigation after finding out Uber has acknowledged a software, called “Greyball”, that helped Uber drivers to identify government officials who were trying to prevent Uber’s activity where its service has not been approved yet.

A week after Travis Kalanick’s resignation, Uber employees started to circulate a petition by email to reinstate him in the company as chief executive.

Email From Michael York, a product manager at Uber, courtesy of BuzzFeed News:

Friends,

To say the last day has been rough would be the understatement of the year. I was totally crushed last night when I read the news of Travis’ resignation.

As many of you know, I joined Uber at 18 dropping out of my freshman year of college. I ditched my education to be here because I was in complete awe of the incredible people around me. I was having the time of my life making something out of nothing with this insanely smart, driven, familial group of people. Of course, no one inspired my decision more than Travis.

In just my first few months at Uber, Travis validated what I’d felt for a lifetime: that it didn’t matter where you’d worked. How old you were. How many times you’d failed. All that mattered was what you were capable of. He’s always been every Builder’s greatest champion, and it’s why many of us are here today.

Nearly everyone I’ve spoken with who’s met him has an amazing story to tell about how Travis motivated them to to do their best work; how he made them believe they could be greater than the sum of their parts; how he had their back in moments of doubt, even when it came at his expense.

In this moment of frustration, all I can think to do is what he would have done. Work harder than ever to make things right.

Nobody is perfect, but I fundamentally believe he can evolve into the leader Uber needs today and that he’s critical to its future success. I want the Board to hear from Uber employees that it’s made the wrong decision in pressuring Travis to leave and that he should be reinstated in an operational role.

My ask is simple: one click (and an optional note) to express your support for Travis’ return. The form is totally anonymous. I will deliver the results to the Board.Please feel free to forward this note – every click counts.

With lots of love,

-Michael

 

According to BuzzFeed News, managers were sending the petition to all the employees. In the email they state that “Travis has flaws (as everybody else), and he was the best leader for the company”.

Last Tuesday, Uber announced that Travis Kalanick has resigned as chief executive, according to New York Times, Uber’s investors were keen with his comeback to the company, but they demand an immediate change in leadership.

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If you have arrived in the Spanish capital and you do not know where to go first, calm, here we leave you some information and the price of every trip you make:

Puerta del SolMadrid

Beautiful and bustling, this is one of the most iconic places in Madrid. In it are historical streets like Alcalá or Preciados.
Here you can find the famous Clock of Casa de Correos, the Statue of the Bear and the Madroño, and the Mariblanca statue.

 


Getting from the airport to here would cost you:

  • UberX _______17-24 €
  • UberONE_____26-35 €

 

Plaza Mayor

Madrid

Formerly known as the Plaza del Arrabal, in this place lay the most popular market of the town at the end of the fifteenth century. The buildings of this square were built by the architect Juan Gómez de Mora who was practically in charge of beautifying this square.

Here you will find The Statue of King Philip III, the famous House of the Bakery, and the majestic Arch of Knives.

Getting from the center of madrid to here would cost you:

  • UberX _______5-6 €
  • UberONE_____8-10 €

 

Palacio Real

Madrid

This majestic palace keeps a lot of history on its walls, was it inhabited from King Charles III to Alfonso XIII, and is currently only used for events or ceremonies. It is also known as the Orient Palace.
If you visit this place, every Wednesday at 11 a.m., from October to July, there is a change of guards on the outskirts of the palace. And also, they allow you to do free or guided tours.

 

Getting from the center of madrid to here would cost you:

  • UberX _______5-6 €
  • UberONE_____8-9 €

Parque del Retiro

Madrid

This is one of the most emblematic parks, and why not say it, the most important in Madrid. Within the park, there are thousands of activities for you to enjoy, such as puppet shows, musicians, fortune tellers and seers. It is a good place to come to relax and fall in love with all the green landscape that it offers you.

 


Getting from the center of madrid to here would cost you:

  • UberX _______5-6 €
  • UberONE_____8-10 €

Puerta de Alcalá

Madrid

Built in 1778 by the architect Francisco Sabatini, this monument is one of those that represent elegance and royalty in Madrid. It is at the beginning of the street with the same name, near the Retiro Park.

 


Getting from the center of madrid to here would cost you:

  • UberX _______5-6 €
  • UberONE_____8-9 €

 

Plaza de Cibeles

Madrid

Named for the fountain in the middle of the square, which bears the same name. It is one of the most emblematic squares in Madrid as it is surrounded by important and imposing buildings of this city.
Here you can find the famous Cibeles Fountain, the Cibeles Palace (formerly Post Office and nowadays Madrid´s City Hall), Palacio de Buenavista (now Army Headquarters), Bank of Spain, Palacio de Linares (now House of America)

Getting from the center of madrid to here would cost you:

  • UberX _______5-6 €
  • UberONE_____8-10 €

El Rastro

Madrid

This open-air market, often visited and crowded by locals and tourists, is located in the well-known neighborhood of Latina. It is celebrated on Sundays and holidays. In it you can find everything; From common objects to curious and rare gadgets.

Getting from the center of madrid to here would cost you:

  • UberX _______5-6 €
  • UberONE_____8-9 €

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Madrid

Real Madrid, holder of multiple European and international titles, the white club opens its doors 363 days a year for lovers of football and sport to know their historic facilities, one of the visits you can not fail to make on your trip to Madrid.
Knowing the history of Real Madrid and the Bernabéu tour which includes the visit of the Trophies exhibition and the thousands of objects of its patrimony like t-shirts, photographs, and documents, among many other pieces.


Getting from the center of madrid to here would cost you:

  • UberX _______7-10 €
  • UberONE_____12-17 €

 

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