Uber's bad year: The stunning string of blows that continue to upend the world's most valuable startup

Uber was already off to a bad start in 2017, but the year is getting worse by the day for the $US69 billion ride-hailing company.

In January, Uber lost more than 200,000 customers in a single weekend after the #DeleteUber movement led to a fury of account deletions by customers upset about its ties to President Trump.

But that was just a prelude to Uber’s no-good, very bad month. During the roughly 30-day period of mid-February to mid-March, the company was pummelled by a seemingly never-ending barrage of bad news, with a new crisis almost every day. And it’s barely slowed down since then.

Here’s everything that’s happened to Uber since things took a turn for the worse in February:

Sunday February 19: The beginning

Susan Fowler starts it all with her reflections on 'one very, very strange year at Uber.' Fowler, a former engineer at the company, alleged in a blog post that she was sexually harassed at Uber and experienced gender bias during her time at the company. She claimed that one manager propositioned her and asked for sex, but her complaints to HR were dismissed because the manager was a high performer. She said Uber continued to ignore her complaints to HR, and then her manager threatened to fire her for reporting things to HR. Read more

Biz Carson - Business Insider - 8 May 2017


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