Any interview or write-up of Kalanick’s does not fail to mention his ‘brash’ behaviour. Though that trait worked for him ever since he dropped out of school and started up, that has now led to his being sidelined in his own company and the board asking him to step down as the CEO.
Uber has been notorious for brash behaviour and in fact that has been its culture, says Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst and CEO of Greyhound Research, a global technology and innovation research, advisory and consulting firm.
Uber after Kalanick
“When a company’s culture is not socially acceptable, the CEO is seen as aggressive and its culture detrimental to its image, it is better for investors to cut their losses than allow the leader’s actions or non-actions to affect the company,” said Gogia. He feels that Kalanick being sidelined at Uber is only a blip on its radar. “No one is indispensable. As long as the business model is right, the company will thrive,” he said.
Clearly, the ultimate test for the business model of the most valued startup (its valuation is reportedly nearly $70 billion) starts now.
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Sanchit Vir Gogia: Sanchit is the Chief Futurist, Founder & CEO of Greyhound Knowledge Group, a Global Strategy & Transformation Research, Advisory & Consulting Group. He also serves as Chief Analyst & CEO of Greyhound Research, a Global, Award-Winning, Independent Technology & Innovation Research, Advisory & Consulting firm. To read more about him, click here.
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