Uber Board Member Readies Legal Army for Game of Thrones
Uber board member Shervin Pishevar released an odd statement to the media this week. It was a letter he had drafted a week earlier, supposedly to rally and inspire lawyers fighting on behalf of Travis Kalanick, who faces a battle with the venture capital firm Benchmark.
The letter, titled, “Shervin Pishevar’s Views on Benchmark,” was written as that fight begins in court with a Delaware judge faced with deciding whether the suit should go to arbitration. The letter offers little insight into the battle itself. But it does ooze self-righteousness. To read this letter, you’d think the fate of the Allied forces depended on him rallying the boats to head to Dunkirk.
He asserts that “we find ourselves swimming in the crucible of one of the grandest business and moral battles of our generation.”
“We write with the souls of thousands of lives saved,” he says.
He channels his inner Jefferson and Hancock, saying “we devote our actions to a just cause; to defend what is right…” He apparently forgot to preface that with “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”
He morphs into part Churchill, part Shakespeare in Henry V: “Let us strike tomorrow with the full and fulsome courage of our convictions. Let our just cause give pause to those who would ever dream of ever emulating the shameful shenanigans of these sanctimonious hypocrites who fling filings and letters de haut en bas; when it is we who have the higher moral ground and our letters and filing will hail down upon their platforms, exposing them as bitterly barren barons of moral turpitude.”
He winds up his last pitch with the time honored tradition of quoting a phrase no one understands: “And as the summer sets, we let us be steward of truth who in unison proclaim: fiat justitia ruat caelum.”
For those of us who skipped the Latin class, that last bit means: “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.”
Justice would be a promise to never write a letter like this again. With this kind of bloviated language reeking of entitlement, self-aggrandizing and pomposity, is it any wonder Uber has the problems it has? It is, first and foremost, a transportation company that gets people from Point A to B. It is not a battle against the White Walkers for the future of the Seven Kingdoms.