Founders are a respected race in Silicon Valley, but for Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, this good has long since vanished. Kalanick is reportedly no longer being invited to the balcony of the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the company's flotation next Friday. Ouch.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was said to be the one who did nothing about Kalanick's invitation. Axios first reported that Kalanick had asked to attend the board meeting last week. The original plan envisaged Khosrowshashi being flanked by colleagues and a group of Ubers' longest serving drivers.
That does not mean that Kalanick is excluded from the event. He was just banished to the NYSE floor with Uber's other company directors. And not on the balcony. You know, from all the horrible things he did and said that brought him to his death in 2017.
Khosrowshahi has spent most of his time as a CEO cleaning up Kalanick's mess Uber's infamous Tech Bro founder up there with him. Nevertheless, Kalanick is at least slightly injured. "[E] Mr. Khosrowshahi uses the word" culture "in his time as a thinly disguised synonym for his government," the New York Times reports, quoting Kalanick's friends.
Not that anyone should feel bad for the underlying Kalanick. He can still wipe away the tears from the NYSE floor, at around $ 9 billion, in which Uber holds 8.6 percent.