Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned due to investor pressure, and a search for a new leader is on

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick因投资者施压辞职

Recode · 2017-06-26 16:51

Recode · 2017-06-26 16:51

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned in response to demands from key investors for a change in leadership, Recode has confirmed.

应主要投资人更换领导力的要求,根据Recode的确认,Uber CEO Travis Kalanick已辞职。

It’s about time.

是时候了。

Kalanick had become a giant liability to the car-hailing company for a growing number of reasons, from sketchy business practices to troubling lawsuits to a basic management situation that was akin to really toxic goat rodeo.

从粗略的经营方式到麻烦的诉讼再到类似于山羊竞技般混乱的基本管理,Kalanick因为越来越多的原因已经成为这家汽车呼叫公司的一个巨大累赘了。

Thus, he had to go, even though some sources said he had the voting power to stay.

因此,他必须离开,即使有一些来源说他有投票权能留下。

But big investors also have leverage and a big enough group of them joined to use it. Those investors include Benchmark, Fidelity and Menlo Ventures, all of whom sent Kalanick a joint letter called “Moving Uber Forward” on Tuesday afternoon. Interestingly, Google Ventures was not among the group, even though its parent company Alphabet is now in a major lawsuit with Uber over the alleged theft of self-driving car technology from its Waymo unit.

但是一些大投资人同样有投票权,并且他们组成了一个有足够影响力的队伍来影响投票。这些投资者包括Benchmark,Fidelity和Menlo Ventures,他们在星期二下午给Kalanick写了一封叫做“促进Uber前进”(“Moving Uber Forward”)的联名信。有趣的是,Google Ventures并不在那个小组里,即使它的母公司Alphabet正在和Uber就它Waymo部门自动驾驶汽车技术被盗取而展开大型诉讼。

While a lot of the focus at Uber has been on pervasive sexism and sexual harassment — due to an explosive blog post by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler— many think the Waymo litigation is a bigger threat to Uber.

虽然大量的关注点在Uber无处不在的性别歧视和性骚扰事件上面—因Uber前工程师Susan Fowler的一篇曝光博客—但是大部分人认为对于Uber来说Waymo的起诉才是更大的威胁。

Uber will now be searching for a new leader to replace Kalanick, which should greatly widen the pool of candidates from its COO search — many of those people did not want to be the No. 2 to the volatile Kalanick. Among the names who had been considered: Former Disney COO Tom Staggs, CVS’ Helena Foulkes and a range of media and transportation execs.

Uber现在在寻找新的领导者来代替Kalanick,它应该从它自己的COO搜索人群中放宽候选者范围—这其中的许多人并不想成为第二个反复无常的Kalanick。在考虑者名单中有:Disney前任COO Tom Staggs,CVS的Helena Foulkes和一些传媒和交通行业的执行官。

In addition, many expect Uber will need to raise more cash soon. It has already raised over $12 billion at a nearly $70 billion valuation, but it has heavily spent to expand globally and loses enormous amounts of money in the process.

除此之外,许多人还希望Uber能尽快筹集到更多的现金。在它将近700亿美金估值的基础上,已经筹到超过120亿的美金了,但大部分都用来拓展国际市场,并在这过程中损失了大量的现金。

Now, it will have to move on without key employees like Kalanick and his closest confidante Emil Michael, who was also forced to resign last week. Uber also does not have a CFO, CMO, head of engineering and attrition is increasing dramatically with all the scandals and investigations.

如今,Uber将要在Kalanick和他上周被迫辞职的红颜知己Emil Michael这类人员缺失的情况下继续发展。Uber同样也缺少CFO,CMO,工程主管,而由于流言和调查的原因,人数也在大量减少。

In a statement Kalanick provided to the New York Times, he wrote “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight.”

在纽约时报(New York Times)上Kalanick发表了一条言论,他写到“我爱Uber超过爱世界上任何东西,而在我个人生活有难的时候,我同意投资者的要求退下来,这样Uber可以继续发展而不是被另一个案件分心。”

Fights that Kalanick largely started, an unfortunate attribute of his pugnacious leadership style.

这些案件大多由Kalanick发起,都是因为他好战的领导风格而带来的不幸。

But Kalanick has yet to tell Uber employees about his departure, which seems to put a perfectly awful end point to his rocky tenure.

但是Kalanick目前还没有告诉Uber员工他要离职的消息,这似乎将会给他磕磕绊绊的任期带来一个非常糟糕的完结点。

Uber confirmed the resignation, and the company’s board issued a statement that said, in part: “Travis has always put Uber first. This is a bold decision and a sign of his devotion and love for Uber.”

Uber已经确认了他的离职,该公司的董事会也发表了消息,其中一部分是:“Travis一直都把Uber放在第一位。这是一个大胆的决定,并且代表这他对Uber的奉献和爱。”

That board includes Benchmark’s Bill Gurley, who had grown weary of the growing range of troubles at the company, and of Kalanick.

在这个董事会成员里包括Benchmark的Bill Gurley,他对公司不断的麻烦以及Kalanick都感到厌烦。

Still, Gurley managed to dance the classic Silicon Valley two-step when he tweeted tonight about Kalanick. (For those who do not know it — you kill someone far later than you should have and then praise them.)

可是,Gurley在今晚的推特上谈论Kalanick的时候,还是成功跳出了硅谷经典的两步舞。(对于不了解它的—你没有在应该干掉某人的时候干掉他,而是过了很久之后才做,并且干掉之后还会赞扬他们。)

Kalanick’s supporters on the board included Arianna Huffington and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp.

Kalanick的支持者们也在董事会里,包括Arianna Huffington和Uber联合创始人Garrett Camp。

Whether there will be a board shake-up due to the Kalanick departure is also a good question to ask right about now. That is because, in the end, the entire board of Uber has been complicit in this mess that has manifested itself over years. The directors coddled Kalanick’s antics — part of a founder-above-all ethos in tech — and looked the other way as evidence of trouble continued to grow.

在Kalanick离开之后董事会是否会有人事变动正是如今值得询问的好问题。因为最终,通过这几年的证明整个董事会在这个局面中都是串通一气的。主管们纵容着Kalanick的行为—部分原因是因为科技公司里创始者高于一切的思想—并试图用另外的证据来说明Uber不断发生的麻烦。

Kalanick announced that he was taking a leave of absence last week, as the company revealed the findings of an investigation into what many call a broken culture and a deeply dysfunctional management. Kalanick — who wrote in an email to staff announcing his leave that he intended to return to the company as “Travis 2.0” — will remain on the board of the company.

当公司揭示许多人称之为破碎的文化和严重紊乱的管理的调查结果时,Kalanick宣布他上周在休假。Kalanick—在给员工的邮件上宣布他离开的时候还写到他将会作为“Travis 2.0”重返公司—将继续留在公司的董事会上。

Many inside and outside the company did not agree with this move, noting the many legal and ethical messes that had been created under Kalanick’s leadership, and that he had not paid the price for them and had become too radioactive to stay.

许多公司内部和外部的人都不同意这一项举措,并指出许多在Kalanick领导下所发生的法律和道德纠纷,还说他并没有为此付出代价,而留在董事会上是一项非常危险的举措。

Well, now that Kalanick is gone, Uber can close a chapter and presumably start building a fresh start to its uncertain future.

如今,Kalanick已经离开,Uber可以完结一个篇章并可以大概开始为它不确定的未来建造一个全新的起点了。(6月21日)

翻译/张Rachel

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