Aug 5, 2017

Uber's backseat driver

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Amid an internally convulsive search for his replacement, Ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick "is looking to stay closely involved in strategic and operational decision-making," per a Financial Times front-pager by Leslie Hook in S.F. (subscription):

  • "Kalanick ... sees himself as a potential partner and regular adviser to the new CEO."
  • "Kalanick has remained involved in Uber since his removal, sitting on the search committee for the new chief executive and keeping close tabs on the business."
  • Why it matters: "That approach could present a challenge for the incoming CEO, who will also have the job of filling a number of vacant positions, including chief financial officer and chief operating officer, and working with new investors."

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