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Uber’s No Good, Very Bad Year: A Timeline

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It’s been a tough year for Uber. The ridehailing giant was worth a reported $68 billion as of August 2016—but late last year, problems began piling on.

We’ve put together a timeline of key events to keep track of what’s going on at Uber, to be updated with significant developments as they happen.

Dec 14
2016
CEO Travis Kalanick joins Trump’s strategic and policy forum. (He later resigned).
Jan 28
2017
The #DeleteUber hashtag, which emerged after the company allegedly tried to profit from immigration ban protests, goes viral.
Feb 19 Former engineer Susan Fowler publishes blog post alleging rampant sexual harassment.
20 Prompted by Fowler’s blog post, Uber hires former US Attorney General Eric Holder and his colleague to lead an independent review of the company’s work environment and diversity. (Results expected week of May 30.)
23 Google’s Waymo issues a lawsuit alleging theft of self-driving car technology.

Senior director of engineering Raffi Krikorian steps down.

26 Reports surface of errors in Uber’s self-driving mapping tech.
 27 Amit Singhal, SVP of engineering, resigns over sexual harassment allegations at his former workplace, Google.
 28 Video surfaces of Kalanick in heated argument with Uber driver.
Mar 3 Reports emerge of secret Greyball tool, which Uber reportedly uses to circumvent law enforcement.

Senior engineer Charlie Miller leaves to join rival ridehailing company Didi Chuxing.

VP of product and growth Ed Baker steps down.

8 Gary Marcus, director of AI Labs, resigns.
19 President Jeff Jones leaves, says he disagrees with Uber’s beliefs.
20 Brian McClendon, VP of maps and business platform and a named party in Waymo’s lawsuit, resigns.
Apr 11 Head of communications and policy Rachel Whetsone leaves because she’s reportedly tired of the drama.
13 Reports surface that Uber used secret software to spy on Lyft drivers.
17 VP of global vehicle programs Sherif Marakby leaves.
27 Anthony Levandowski, the exec at the center of the Waymo lawsuit, steps down from his position as head of the self-driving car unit. He stays on in lesser role.
May 4 US Dept. of Justice opens criminal investigation into company’s use of Greyball tool.
11 Judge denies Uber’s request to arbitrate Waymo lawsuit; refers case to US Attorney’s office for possible criminal investigation re: alleged theft of trade secrets.
19 Reports emerge that Uber is threatening to fire Levandowski unless he hands over confidential files at center of Waymo lawsuit.
21 The company begins looking for a new general counsel.
25 Josh Mohrer, general manager for Uber New York, steps down.
30 Uber fires Levandowski for his failure to hand over files.
31 ?Gautam Gupta, Uber’s head of finance, leaves the company.

Article by Dana Olsen, PitchBook

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