back to article Uber board: We accept all recommendations. Any execs left to carry them out?

Uber's board has accepted all the recommendations made in a report into sexual harassment – which may include giving its controversial CEO a leave of absence. The report by former attorney general Eric Holder was discussed over the weekend by the ride-hailing app's directors, and the decision to agree to every recommendation …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    RICO indictments expected any day now?

    Only if the DOJ is doing it's job. We can only hope they go after the money behind as well.

  2. russell 6

    But if they go clean?

    How will they ever make money in a business world that is built on ripping people off one way or another? That isn't how the system works. As for the sexual harassment, it isn't about just changing the management, it's about changing the culture of the 'valley'. There is still a very long way to go.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: But if they go clean?

      The 'tech bro' culture isn't a traditional part of silicon valley. Instead it seems to be centered at San Francisco tech start-ups. Those companies compete for recent graduates with outrageously luxurious and lax work environments, but expect everyone to put in extreme hours. Much like hazing at frats, with no one older around to limit behavior it becomes self-reinforcing.

      Most established silicon valley companies have the opposite of tech bro culture: they are politically correct to the extreme in public, with a barely hidden under-current of anti-women sentiment from the immigrant Asian and Indian workers. (Yeah, I better check the 'Post anonymous' box.)

    2. DougS Silver badge

      Re: But if they go clean?

      Uber isn't making money with their business, despite ripping off drivers and customers. They've lost billions so far. The money that's been made by those at the top is by getting all the attention to bring in additional rounds of VC money to finance their billions in losses, and cash outs by those at the top.

      I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels ambivalent about them ripping off Sand Hill Road...

  3. Herby

    Downward spiral...

    ...is what it looks to me.

    Someone made an observation that in reality, you can't make even "minimum wage" (about $10/hr unless higher) driving for UBER. That takes into account cost of gas petrol and other expenses. Sorry, I don't have the source, but considering that Uber takes around 25% of the fare, it might be right.

  4. Chris G Silver badge

    Let's Hope

    One of the recommendations was winding up the company.

    In a very short amount of time, Uber seems to have gone from a start-up to a very large ulcerous sore.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Let's Hope

      One of the recommendations was winding up the company.

      Well... the board wouldn't hear of that would they? Being on the board means they have a vested interest... stock, money, or something of value.

  5. The Bionic Man

    Bravo to Uber

    For shaking up the taxi system the world over.

    As for everything else... there's always jail, and hopefully a lot of it.

  6. Mage Silver badge
    Devil

    Disruptive

    Easy if you lie, cheat and under pay.

    Amazon, Lyft, eBay, Facebook, Google, AirBnB, Uber etc need to face the same taxes, insurance and regulation as any retailer or newspaper or services in the street. Using the "internet" as an interface or being multinational should be irrelevant.

    Law needs changed too so that people making immoral or illegal decisions can't be insulated by being Council, Government, Civil Service or Company Executives. That is not why "limited liability" was invented. Though the problem on unscrupulous people ripping people off via shell companies is in both Dickens and more clearly Anthony Trollop's "The way we live now."

    People making bad decisions need to be found personally liable if found guilty rather than fining a company or a council (which the public will be paying for!)

  7. Commswonk Silver badge

    That odd noise is me gnashing my teeth...

    The details of that report – due to be released Tuesday...

    Exactly when was the generally harmless little word "on" cast into the outer darkness, and why? Its absence is to be deprecated.

    1. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

      Re: That odd noise is me gnashing my teeth...

      Exactly when was the generally harmless little word "on" cast into the outer darkness

      Two words "American English". Sometime after the founding, they decided to simplify English so that all the non-English-speaking immigrants had an easier time to learn it. Plus, all those immigrants introduced quirks from their native languages into American English (same happens in regional variation of British English too - just look at the odd grammar used in Cornwall - something that derives from the structures of Cornish).

      That's the great thing about English - it's borged soo many other languages that it's incredibly flexible. It's also extremely hard to learn as a second language (or, as some of my colleages attest to - as a first language..)

      1. Commswonk Silver badge

        Re: That odd noise is me gnashing my teeth...

        @ CrazyOldCatMan: Two words "American English"!

        Has - in a sense - always been with us, but the missing "on" is something that I have only become concious of relatively recently. With most immigration into the US being historical rather than recent I suspect other influences.

        By way of example: US TV news drops into a sort of patois to make the presentation pacy, racy, hip, and trendy even when the topic makes that little short of inappropriate. The "excluded on" is commonplace.

        Also the relatively recent horrors of

        Q: How are you?

        A: I'm good thanks.

        and

        Can I get a cup of ...? (which always makes me want to run screaming from the premises)

        I don't think either can be attributed to US immigration.

        Abominations all...

        Edit: "Oxford Comma" included just to be, er, annoying.

  8. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "The company is also expected to add another woman to its board."

    Some minor celeb appointed as "creative director"?

    1. Hollerithevo Silver badge

      I noticed that too

      Any woman willing to accept the post would be mad, in it for the money, or ready to start lashing about her with the Lasso of Truth and Justice.

  9. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    WTF?

    which directors are actually left?

    That won't be fired or should step down.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How did they come up with the 50 billion evaluation?

    Ford is worth 45 billion...

    Uber's software is worth something, but significant parts are stolen. The number of drivers are worth something, but they'd need to be re-vetted if there was a buyout of Uber (to avoid huge liability).

    Uber has been involved in a lot of nasty things, it's hard to imagine them worth more than 5 billion.

    What are the barriers of entry for someone like Ford to enter the business? Until self driving cars are a reality, it's probably not worth the liability (of buying Uber) at any price.

    1. Mage Silver badge

      How did they come up with

      All the information on drivers, passengers, trips. In great detail. That's the the valuable stuff.

      Most of that should be illegal to store.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Donald might be looking for work soon...

    His personality is a perfect fit for Uber.

    1. Hollerithevo Silver badge

      Re: Donald might be looking for work soon...

      When is the last time he's driven himself? I wouldn't trust him behind the wheel of anything.

  12. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Alert

    Et tu Travis?

    Uber chief to take leave from company

    "Uber boss Travis Kalanick plans to take time away from the company, and could return in a diminished role."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40264376

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