As the week following the emergence of explosive allegations of sexism at Uber continues, early investors and well-known diversity advocates Mitch and Freada Kapor have penned an open letter to the company outlining their concerns, including the independence of the investigation team and Uber's patterns when dealing with such crises.
"Independent" investigation: As the Kapors point out, the team assembled to investigate the former employee's claims and Uber's overall culture is already closely tied with the company.
"This group is not set up to come up with an accurate analysis of the culture and a tough set of recommendations."
- Former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder has advocated against fingerprinting requirements on behalf of Uber in the past.
- Arianna Huffington has been on Uber's board of directors for a year now, "and is deeply invested in the company weathering the PR crisis," write the Kapors.
- HR chief Liane Hornsey reports to CEO Travis Kalanick's team, as does associate general counsel Angela Padilla.