Travis Kalanick resigned from Uber CEO. Kalanick, 40, who is the founder of an online service-based transport startup since 2009, left his post after being urged by Uber investors.
Five investors urged Kalanick to step down immediately, including major shareholder, venture capital firm Benchmark. In a letter titled ‘Moving Uber Forward’ on Tuesday, June 20, reported by The New York Times, investors asked Kalanick to step down as the company needed a leadership change.
Kalanick discussed the charges at least with a member of the board of directors and a number of investors. After several hours passed, Kalanick was reportedly agreed with the desire of investors to resign as CEO. Despite resigning as CEO, Kalanick still has a position as Uber’s board of directors.
Kalanick had recently taken a leave of absence from the company following the death of his mother. In his remarks, Kalanick said that he loved Uber so much and it was hard to left his post.
“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,”Kalanick said in a statement quoting from The New York Times on Wednesday (21/6).
Kalanick is one of the founders of Uber in 2009. With Kalanick as CEO, Uber managed to grow to have US$ 11 billion of valuation. But the scandal and bad news about Kalanick’s behavior made Uber’s directors growled. His behavior is even touted as a company poison. In recent months, Uber did suffer a lot of problems. Such as sexual harrasment, firing employees, corporate culture, to sexism jokes.
“This is a bold decision and a sign of his devotion and love for Uber. By stepping away, he’s taking the time to heal from his personal tragedy while giving the company room to fully embrace this new chapter in Uber’s history. We look forward to continuing to serve with him on the board” the Uber board said in a statement. An Uber spokesman declined to comment further.
Kalanick’s failure begins in the early year, after a female engineer reveals her sexual harassment at the company. It also triggered the emergence of other similar complaints and made the company conduct an internal investigation.
Not only internal issues, Uber is also reportedly dealing with intellectual property rights claims over Waymo, an autonomos project under the Alphabet.
Uber’s party is now embarking on major changes to make the work environment more professional. Now Uber is also reportedly looking for a new executive officer, including to occupy the vacant CEO position due to Kalanick’s resignation.