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#DeleteUber: The Company Might Be Digging It's Own Grave

  • Kristina Evans
  • Feb 28, 2017 10:11AM

“Stand by your principles and be comfortable with confrontation,” says Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, “So few people are, so when the people with the red tape come, it becomes a negotiation.”

It’s pretty clear that Kalanick has built his company in the true spirit of his words. Uber is well-known for its defiant, confrontational attitude, but after the last month, it’s becoming more evident that this is blowing up in their faces. No one wants to be Uber right now.

Uber has long been held up as the gold standard in tech start-ups and innovation technology. They saw an industry that hadn’t been adapted in decades, fully defined the consumer need and offered a quick and easy solution. Unfortunately, Kalanick’s history of flouting regulations and aggressively fighting competition has started taking its toll. Although it’s estimated that he’s pushed his company to a $70 billion worth (about $15 billion more than General Motors), Kalanick’s public relations team has been tossed into the crisis fire enough times recently to turn them into steel.