Oh no, tell me it isn’t true! Is Travis Kalanick a narcissist con-man and a thief too?
The subject story brings a new player into Uber’s legal battles. A gent by the name of Kevin Halpern claims that Travis Kalanick stole the idea for Uber from him while they were hanging out in the same neighborhood years ago. This is just one of the many issues that Uber has to deal with in the future. What concerns me is the amount of legal actions pending against Uber, and how many more such actions will further bring Uber’s ethics into question.
Uber already have been noted to lie to their prospective employees/contractors, current employees/contractors, government, and the community at large. Travis Kalanick has consistently pushed his way into local communities showing little concern for laws and or violation thereof. Uber has demonstrated no fear of reprisal for disregard of local policies and regulations and has steadfastly refused to allow Uber to be subject to regulation. And Uber continues their ongoing hiring by means of false advertisement that they have done unhindered since Uber started 5 years ago. So, why is his stealing the technology that became Uber at all difficult to believe?
I for one, hope this is not true. Don’t misunderstand, I don’t like Kalanick and as of yet have never even met the man. I dislike Kalanick for his blatant disregard for the people that produce Uber’s income. I am amazed by his bravado in taking on government and the status quo in damn near every corner of the world and you have to, to a certain degree appreciate the person he is. But, I think thievery regardless how slight or large would just be the straw that broke the camels back for me. I have never thought very highly of folks that take what is not theirs without permission and compensation. There is just something about it that seems more than anything else, criminal.
I am sure the future will provide many discussions of this topic . . . Is Travis Kalanick nothing more than a thieving criminal, narcissist con-man? Frankly, I cannot wait to see how this plays out for both Travis Kalanick and Uber.