The Terrible 10: Those who might have made the Recode 100 if they weren’t quite so awful. Guess who?
No. 9: Travis Kalanick — as the poster boy for out-of-control tech bros.
“Is it unfair of me to blame the pugnacious ousted CEO and co-founder of Uber for all the sins of his arrogant bros? Well, no, because he has become the object lesson of how not to behave as an entrepreneur in 2017. While Kalanick was widely feted for a long time for his aggressive drive and take-no-prisoners approach, the price for that relentlessness was made clear after Fowler’s memo opened the floodgates and revealed the toxicity that was an inevitable result of his deeply flawed leadership. From the Waymo lawsuit to questionable shortcuts around regulations to the payoffs to hackers to presiding over a culture that was obviously hostile to women, it’s a record that should not be celebrated in any way. While Kalanick remains on the Uber board and is one of its biggest shareholders, to act as if what he did as its CEO was okay is, well, not okay.”
• Travis Kalanick one of Recode’s Terrible 10 over 2017: the poster boy for out-of-control tech bros.