We endured plenty of the drama Uber packed in for every five-hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes of 2017 — and what a year! From protests to a major sexual harassment probe, the ousting of co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, the crowning of new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the promising hints of that long-awaited IPO and an on-going lawsuit with Google over self-driving cars. Uber, out of any tech company, arguably kept us the busiest here at TechCrunch in 2017.
For those who just can’t get enough (or would like to remember just what happened when) we’ve compiled this nifty timeline to walk you through it all again. So buckle up and enjoy the ride down memory lane. This was Uber’s 2017.
Uber’s 2017 kicks off with protestors outside its SF headquarters
People were protesting Uber because the company’s now-former CEO, Travis Kalanick, was a member of Trump’s Strategic and Policy forum.
“As a company we’re committed to working with government on issues that affect riders, drivers and the cities where we operate,” an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Just as we worked with the Obama Administration, we’ll work with the Trump Administration, too.”
Kalanick ended up leaving the council in February.
#deleteuber takes shape during immigration protest at JFK
Following Trump’s executive order barring refugees and visa holders from seven countries from entering the U.S., people began protesting at JFK International and the NY Taxi Workers Alliance called for drivers to not pickup anyone from the airport.
Uber, however, said that riders could travel to and from JFK without surge pricing, which resulted in a public backlash suggesting Uber was taking advantage of the protests. This resulted in the #deleteuber hashtag on social media.
Uber late apologized, saying it did not mean to try to break up any strike. But Uber’s rider base was affected, with 200,000 customers reportedly deleting their accounts.
Susan Fowler accuses Uber of ignoring repeated reports of sexual harassment