Uber Losing Its President Is Only One Chapter in Its Present Day Nightmare

Uber needs to get its act together.

With the loss of several key employees and executives this year, Uber has a long, bumpy road ahead to gain back its image, investor support and users before it goes public, reportedly slated for sometime in 2018. Just in the past few weeks, the company has been tainted by boycotts surrounding CEO Travis Kalanick's participation on President Donald Trump's business advisory council, a leaked video of Kalanick lashing out at one of his Uber drivers and allegations of internal sexism and sexual harassment, among other controversies.

Here are a list of some of Uber's biggest failures so far.

Editor's Pick: Originally Published March 20.

Executives continue to flee.
Executives continue to flee.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

As the controversies pile up, executives at Uber are deserting hand over fist.

On Sunday, Uber president Jeff Jones announced his resignation after less than a year, telling Recode that he did not want to be associated with "the multiple controversies" at the company. Jones' resignation comes on the heels of the departures of senior vice president of engineering Amit Singhal, engineer Brian McClendon and Ed Baker, vice president of product and growth.

Kalanick is likely having a tough time searching for someone willing to become Uber's new chief operating officer. Meantime, the company's tarnished reputation could make it difficult to attract the top tech talent it needs to support its aggressive growth plans.  

Uber has looked to have become a toxic place to work.
Uber has looked to have become a toxic place to work.

In a recently leaked video, Uber Black driver Fawzi Kamel, while driving around Kalanick, complains to the CEO about the company's decision to reduce luxury fares. Un-amused and seemingly offended, Kalanick lashed out at the driver, which he later apologized for. The exchange isn't exactly motivational to the larger Uber staff. 

Meanwhile, employees have complained of "inappropriate behavior" at Uber. While executives continue to choose to leave Uber, Kalanick forced the aforementioned Singhal to resign after Recode reported that he didn't disclose a sexual harassment investigation at prior employer Alphabet's Google (GOOGL) .

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Users are turning against Uber in light of its problems.
Users are turning against Uber in light of its problems.

Uber rival Lyft could be cashing in on its competitor's troubles.

A recent release from 1010data shows that Lyft has gained a 3% increase in users this year, stealing many directly from Uber. The ride-sharing company appeared to start losing America's support after it allegedly took advantage of a taxi strike on Trump's travel ban, spawning a #DeleteUber social media campaign.

Tack this onto all of its other controversies, such as Kalanick working with the Trump administration for one (he has since stepped down from the council), and Uber could continue to lose its once loyal following.

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