When former CEO Kalanick's trial-and-error approach led to success of Uber Eats

Uber is banking on its Eats vertical to increase the company’s valuation.

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Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
After an underwhelming debut at the New York Stock Exchange, Uber could do with some extra calories. The ridehailing company’s booking growth has been anaemic in the past few quarters, but it is banking on its Eats vertical to whet investors’ appetites and increase the company’s valuation. “When I first joined Uber, the company was more associated with ride-hailing and Eats was this interesting part-time endeavour. It has since exploded into a truly significant business,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told a news magazine.

Before zeroing in on food, Uber tried to leverage its vast logistics network to peddle consumer goods like deodorant and diapers. The pilot project did not take off. However, the law of averages soon worked in favour of former CEO Travis Kalanick’s trial-and-error approach. On the day of its launch in August 2014, Uber Eats née Fresh sold hundreds of meals in an hour in downtown Los Angeles, much more than the eight deodorants it sold in a day.

Jack Ma, Bezos, Travis Kalanick: Top Bosses Who Promoted Hostile Work Culture
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Being an industry leader is not child's play. Apart from taking one's business ahead and dealing with the complications that come along with it, inculcating a healthy work culture is also extremely important.

Recently, Alibaba Group boss Jack Ma received flak on social media for promoting a 12-hour-a-day and six-days-a-week work routine for success. However, he isn't the only one who, in an effort to be on the top, ended up promoting a hostile work culture.

Here's a look at some top bosses who haven't been appreciated for their leadership qualities.

(In pic from left: Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Travis Kalanick)

Being an industry leader is not child's play. Apart from taking one's business ahead and dealing with the complications that come along with it, inculcating a healthy work culture is also extremely i..
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Jack Ma recently faced flak for his blog post endorsing the tech industry's overtime culture.

The 54-year-old encouraged employees to embrace the overtime culture if they wished to flourish in the tech world. He was also known to dismiss people expecting a typical, eight-hours-a-day work routine.

Earlier, China's richest man said that people who can stick to a hectic schedule are the ones that have found their passion beyond monetary gains.

Jack Ma recently faced flak for his blog post endorsing the tech industry's overtime culture. The 54-year-old encouraged employees to embrace the overtime culture if they wished to flourish in the te..
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for his temper outbursts, and his 'rage firings' have often made headlines. The 47-year-old, whose employees have reported incidents of extreme yelling, allegedly fires any employee who comes his way on a bad-temper day.

Earlier this month, Musk reportedly pushed a former employee who was saying goodbye to colleagues after having resigned from the company.

In another example, it was reported last December that the auto giant's employees were asked not to walk past Musk's desk in case it ruined their career.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for his temper outbursts, and his 'rage firings' have often made headlines. The 47-year-old, whose employees have reported incidents of extreme yelling, allegedly fires a..
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is known for his cut-throat management style as much as he is known for being the world's richest man. The top boss doesn't mince his words, and the e-commerce giant has gained a reputation for having a ruthless work culture.

As a leader, the 55-year-old is reported to be a difficult-to-please boss - who is easy to agitate. Stories of his comments including, "I'm sorry, did I take my stupid pills today?" and "Why are you ruining my life?" have often made it out of Amazon's office.

Bezos has reportedly been this way from the start. In 1997, three years after launching the company, in a letter to the shareholders, he had revealed that while interviewing prospective employees he always tells them, “You can work long, hard, or smart, but at Amazon.com you can't choose two out of three.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is known for his cut-throat management style as much as he is known for being the world's richest man. The top boss doesn't mince his words, and the e-commerce giant has gained ..
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In 2017, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to exit from the company. The decision was made after he was accused of sexual harassment by an ex-employee, Susan Fowler. But Fowler's account of her time at the company was just a trigger that led to a chain of reactions including complaints of a ‘toxic bro culture’ at Uber.

Soon stories highlighting the unhealthy, sexist work culture that had flourished for years under Kalanick made headlines.

In 2017, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to exit from the company. The decision was made after he was accused of sexual harassment by an ex-employee, Susan Fowler. But Fowler's account of ..
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Uber's former Chief People Office Liane Hornsey was forced to leave the company in July last year on grounds of poor management of discrimination complaints filed within the company.

Ironically, Hornsey was Uber's spokesperson on diversity and discrimination. She was also accused of making derogatory comments against the global head of diversity and inclusion.

Uber's former Chief People Office Liane Hornsey was forced to leave the company in July last year on grounds of poor management of discrimination complaints filed within the company. Ironically, Horn..
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