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Uber’s CEO Trickles Down from the Summit

While it’s fresh in your mind what a charming, compassionate and forthright individual Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is, let’s re-examine an old CNN interview from last summer.

C’mon, it’ll be fun.

The scene is the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley. Kalanick uses the platform to expound on his views.

From the interview: “Kalanick said the reason for not wanting to fingerprint was actually about justice for people who have been unfairly snared in the U.S. criminal justice system. By using other background check methods, Uber gives more people who have been arrested the opportunity to work as drivers.”

Travis Kalanick and Uber care about justice. Uber cares about justice for people it hasn’t even hired yet. If you believe this, stop reading now. JUST. STOP. READING. NOW.

Here’s Kalanick’s response to the question of how Uber is ensuring its “worker’s voices were being heard”: “The on-demand economy can also be quite interesting on the labor side of the equation,” says he.

Interesting. Like looking at ants under a microscope is interesting? Burning ants? Dear reader we’d say, in this case, “interesting” is employed as euphemism.

By the way, Kalanick rides around in Ubers constantly. Awkward. Those are going to be some quiet rides for a bit.

Give it a week.

This next bit is rich. Here’s a response to a question about drivers and labor movements: “The old school version of the labor movement is one that’s exclusive,” said Kalanick. “Only some people get the benefit of being in a particular union, and it excludes others from participating … The Uber version of the labor movement is it’s inclusive, is that anybody can work.”

Hmm. The old shit detector is really pinging away. We thought unions were about increasing wages and protecting workers’ rights. Right? Apparently, the Uber version of the labor movement involves hiring CIA-linked Ergo to look into Seattle Union politics and suing the city for allowing Uber drivers to consider unionizing.

That really is quite a departure from the old-style union.

In the interview, Kalanick describes Uber “as a safety net for cities,” a way for people who have been laid off to make ends meet.

According to this man, the safety net made him go bankrupt.

Finally, smooth-talking TK reflects that “where you’re disrupting an industry in a large way, well, it’s going to be controversial. You’re going to get lots of headlines.”

Finally, something we can agree on. It’s going to be controversial and you’re going to get lots of headlines.

Lots and lots and lots of headlines.

1 Comment
  • none

    March 6, 2017 at 4:22 am Reply

    The only thing you need to do is don’t drive for the company and driving for Lyft

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