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    Weekly Narrative Video – Uber’s Culture is Toxic (Jun 23, 2017)

    This week’s narrative video is on the Uber’s Culture is Toxic narrative, which has very much been in the news the last couple of weeks as the results of the Eric Holder investigation were released, and Travis Kalanick first took a leave of absence from Uber and then resigned as CEO. The last six months have brought long-simmering accusations and perceptions about Uber’s toxic culture to a head, and the investigations which concluded in recent weeks provided ample evidence of just how bad things had become. There is now, though, finally some hope that Uber can begin to change in earnest with Kalanick out of his role as CEO. Subscribers can watch the video on the narrative page here as always, and if you’re not yet a subscriber you can sign up for a 30-day free trial here and get access too.

    ★ Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Finally Does the Right Thing and Resigns (Jun 21, 2017)

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    Uber Adds Tipping and Makes Other Driver-Friendly Changes (Jun 20, 2017)

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    Storage Required for Top iPhone Apps has Increased 11x Since 2013 (Jun 19, 2017)

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    Uber Board Member Resigns over Sexist Comment at Meeting about Harassment (Jun 13, 2017)

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    ★ Uber Investigation Recommends Many Changes; Travis Kalanick Takes Leave of Absence (Jun 13, 2017)

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    Uber SVP Emil Michael Leaves Company and Board Gets a New Female Member from Nestle (Jun 12, 2017)

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    Uber Board Votes Unanimously to Adopt All Holder Report Recommendations (Jun 12, 2017)

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    Uber Looks Set to Acquire Assets, Hire Staff from Valet Parking Startup Luxe (Jun 8, 2017)

    While ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft continue to grab the majority of attention in the transportation tech space, with autonomous driving technology companies getting most of the rest, it’s worth remembering that there are various other transportation tech startups out there, not all of them doing all that well.  It appears that Uber is in the process of trying to acquire assets and hire staff from valet parking service Luxe, which is one of those services that appears to have struggled to make its business model work. It had recently announced a pivot of sorts to a new model, but it now seems as though all that will remain is a shell once Uber has snapped up the parts it wants. That may or may not mean that Uber expands into the valet parking space – in fact, I’d say it’s at least as likely that Uber simply sees this as a way to get a number of competent staff with relevant skills quickly and easily while also acquiring some relevant technology.

    via WSJ

    Uber Fires Exec, Loses Bid to Keep Doc Private, Says Management Changes Coming (Jun 7, 2017)

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    ★ Uber Fires 20 and Takes Action Against Others Over Inappropriate Behavior (Jun 6, 2017)

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    Bozoma Saint John Leaves Apple Music to Become Uber’s Chief Brand Officer (Jun 6, 2017)

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    Uber Hires Harvard Business School Professor to Help with Culture and Strategy (Jun 5, 2017)

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    ★ Uber Loses Slightly Less Money on an Adjusted Basis in Q1 2017 (Jun 1, 2017)

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    Uber Pool Burned Through Cash for Months in San Francisco (May 31, 2017)

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    ★ Uber Fires Anthony Levandowski for Refusal to Cooperate in Lawsuit (May 30, 2017)

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    Uber Under Investigation for Testing Otto Trucks in California (May 26, 2017)

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    Uber’s HR Head Disingenuously Downplays Harassment and Discrimination Issues (May 25, 2017)

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    Texas Lawmakers Overrule Austin Ride Sharing Rules, Uber & Lyft to Return (May 25, 2017)

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    Uber Has Been Underpaying NYC Drivers, Will Pay Out an Average of $900 to Each (May 23, 2017)

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