Separately, Uber board member David Bonderman, one of the first to invest in the company, stepped down last week after he was accused of making sexist remarks toward fellow board member Arianna Huffington. In fact, some of these Uber workers publicly voiced their discontent with the board. The admission is meant to blunt Waymo's claim that Uber asked the engineer, Anthony Levandowski, to bring the files to Uber, the WSJ reports.
Five Uber investors, who represent about 40% of the company's shareholder votes, wrote to Kalanick asking him to step aside in order to give the company "room fully embrace this new chapter in Uber's history". In the letter, the investors conveyed to Kalanick that his resignation from the position of CEO is a necessity and the company is in dire need of change in leadership. The petition also stated that Kalanick is "critical to its future success".
An email about the petition, obtained by Recode, read: "I want the board to hear from Uber employees that it made the wrong decision in pressuring Travis to leave".
On Wednesday night, Uber employees in San Francisco, where the company is based, also held at least two small, informal gatherings to discuss the state of the company and, in some cases, mourn the loss of its leader, according to three current and former Uber employees. The company didn't immediately respond to our request for comment.
According to Bloomberg, Kalanick recently floated a conspiracy theory that the woman hadn't been raped and that Uber had been framed by its Indian competitor Ola. Walter Isaacson interviewed a number of Apple employees for his book "Steve Jobs" who said Jobs had a way of refusing to accept that his team couldn't accomplish seemingly impossible tasks, such as shipping out the Macintosh software in 10 short months. Many have fretted about the corporate governance implications of Snapchat going public by releasing only non-voting stock to the public; but if the company ends up cratering CEO Evan Spiegel is likely to be outgoing. T. Rowe Price's committee, which adjusts valuations of private stocks "as circumstances warrant", was therefore acting on its own perception of Uber's fair market value, and likely took into account the startup's recent struggles, which led to an independent investigation of the company's culture.
After Kalanick's resignation, the management team of Uber sent out the said email to the staff which expressed how hard it is to accept the situation. Amidst all this, the fate of Uber and its direction is still to be decided at the hands of the Board members.