Despite seemingly endless scandal and drama, More than 1000 Uber employees are allegedly so unhappy that co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down as CEO Tuesday that they’re circulating a petition to reverse the situation.
The petition, which leads users to an internal site, comes two days after five investors demanded Kalanick resign from his role as chief executive. In spite of sexual harassment allegations, a video of Kalanick berating a driver, and a passenger boycott on social media, Kalanick remains a beloved leader to many still employed at Uber.
The petition, which was signed by over 1,100 employees and has been sent to the board is below,”
“As the folks who’ve actually worked alongside Travis for years to help create Uber from nothing, we are extremely disappointed by the short-sightedness and pure self-interest demonstrated by those who are supposed to protect the long-term interests of our company,” the letter to the board reportedly states.
“Yes, Travis is flawed, as we all are. But his passion, vision, and dedication to Uber are simply unmatched,” the letter goes on to say. “We would not be here today without him, and believe he can evolve into the leader we need. He is critical to our future success.”
Andrew Chen, head of growth at Uber, wrote an essay on his website detailing Kalanick’s strengths and thanking him for his “hustle and determination.” Chen also included a roundup of Facebook posts from fellow Uber colleagues praising the former CEO.
“Travis I will miss you but I’ll never forget what I learned from you. You’ve launched a thousand of us, your disciples, out into Silicon Valley. Let’s fucking do this. Game on,” one post reads.
According to tech site Recode, an another email appearing to have been written by a member of staff about the petition reads: “In just my first few months at Uber, Travis validated what I’d felt for a lifetime: that it didn’t matter where you’d worked. How old you were. How many times you’d failed. All that mattered was that you were capable of.”
It goes on to say: “Nobody is perfect, but I fundamentally believe he can evolve into the leader Uber needs today and that he’s critical to its future success.”