Uber Ruthlessly Prioritizes 435 People Out of a Job

It’s so far from needing a corporate mulligan that the layoffs, representing about 8 percent of each team, came after CEO Dara Khosrowshahi “asked …

Dara Khosrowshahi using some sort of tablet while riding a bike, a photo I will never get sick of looking at
Dara Khosrowshahi using some sort of tablet while riding a bike, a photo I will never get sick of looking at
Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty)

Uber has laid off 265 engineers and 170 members of its product team because it is a successful company based on sound financials that is not badly in need of a drastic overhaul.

It’s so far from needing a corporate mulligan that the layoffs, representing about 8 percent of each team, came after CEO Dara Khosrowshahi “asked everyone on our management team a simple but important question: if we started from scratch, would we design our organizations as they stand today,” according to a statement from the company. This is generally not the sort of question posed to senior leadership in a company firing on all cylinders, and which opted to go public only a few months ago.

Advertisement

All 435 of these apparently non-essential personnel follow the 400 marketing employees Uber also laid off in late July. “Our hope with these changes is to reset and improve how we work day to day,” Uber wrote in its statement, which tries and fails to put a positive, maverick spin on what is a pretty drastic reduction its technical workforce. The company said these changes include “ruthlessly prioritizing, and always holding ourselves accountable to a high bar of performance and agility.” It made this announcement in the midst of Apple’s iPhone 11 keynote event.

According to TechCrunch, which first reported the news, the layoffs coincide with the company lifting a hiring freeze it set in place in August. Generally, the proof that a hiring freeze has ended is evidenced by employing new people rather than tossing several hundred old ones out on their asses. In fact, Uber said earlier this week that it plans to hire 2,000 employees in its Chicago office—but most of those new hires will work for Uber Freight, the company’s trucking division, which was reportedly not impacted by today’s layoffs.

Advertisement

News of the layoffs comes as California lawmakers ready to vote on legislation, called AB5, that would likely require Uber and other gig work companies to classify drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. Uber and competitor Lyft have campaigned heavily against the bill, which is expected to pass into law, and it is widely expected to hurt their ability to make a profit—something neither company has done to date.

Meanwhile, Uber’s stock price has continued to drop.

Losses From IPO Were A ‘Once In A Lifetime Hit’ Says Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

After $5.2 billion misfortune in the subsequent quarter, Uber’s CEO said it was ‘ideal’. In a meeting, Khosrowshahi said that Uber was not able to …

After $5.2 billion misfortune in the subsequent quarter, Uber’s CEO said it was ‘ideal’. In a meeting, Khosrowshahi said that Uber was not able to achieve the normal benefit. Uber’s stock stuck by 6.8%.

“I think we have generally excellent perceivability into our very own business to the extent the plan of action and how might we change it and how we can drive more productivity,” Khosrowshahi said.

He said that he imagines that separated from enduring they can truly flourish this business. Khosrowshahi referenced that they will expand the spending however it will decrease the level of income.

“The organizers’ attitude, that edge, that fire, is completely something we need to prop up at the organization. It is a major piece of what made the organization effective pushing ahead.” Khosrowshahi included.

Uber is focusing on 30% income development in the second 50% of the year, contrasted and net income development of 26% in the subsequent quarter. Khosrowshahi feels that Uber has lost the ‘organizer mindset’ after the renunciation of Travis Kalanick, previous CEO.

Khosrowshahi needs the author’s attitude to be held as it will help in running the organization. He said that the authors’ attitude assumed an incredible job in the accomplishment of the organization.

Khosrowshahi feels an extraordinary weight from financial specialists to get back the organization on track of gainfulness. In a meeting, Khosrowshahi said 2019 will be the pinnacle year of the organization’s venture. He accepts that misfortunes will descend in 2020 and 2021.

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

Kara Swisher joins growing speaker roster for The Phocuswright Conference 2019

Kara Swisher was once described as Silicon Valley’s “most-feared and well-liked journalist” in a profile piece for New York Magazine. She has a …

Kara Swisher was once described as Silicon Valley’s “most-feared and well-liked journalist” in a profile piece for New York Magazine.

She has a contact book to die for and is hugely respected for her knowledge of both the startup and tech worlds.

Now, the editor at large for tech media site Recode and host of the Recode Decode podcast is one of a number of high-profile names to lend their brains and experience of the tech world and digital travel economy at The Phocuswright Conference 2019 in Florida.

Joining Swisher at the event November 19 to 21 are a string of executives and thinkers that are leading the industry or asking if, indeed, as the theme questions: “Are we there yet?

These include:

Take a regular look at The Phocuswright Conference website as more names are added.

The Phocuswright Conference 2019

Save on your ticket registration before August 30!

* Check Swisher’s interview with Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi at the Code 2018 conference.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi | Full interview | Code 2018

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

5 things to know before the stock market opens August 13, 2019

Shares of Uber, just months after their NYSE debut, hit an all-time low Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., speaks …

Article summary

5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday Published Moments Ago 1. Dow could see a 3-session slide, sinking further from July’s all-time highs Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures were pointing to a lower open on Wall Street on Tuesday, a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average , S&P 500 and Nasdaq declined for the second straight session. Investors continued to pile into bonds, pushing yields inversely lower on concerns about the U.S. An inversion, which happens when shorter-term rates move higher than longer-term ones, has historically been a reliable recession signal.

Hong Kong protests close the airport for second day as China warns demonstrators Protesters occupy the departure hall of the Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on August 13, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. The talks are ongoing, and nothing has been finalized, people familiar with the matter told CNBC on Monday. Shares of Uber, just months after their NYSE debut, hit an all-time low Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., speaks during an interview in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The stock, still reeling from last week’s massive second-quarter loss, dropped 7.6% to $37.

Since its New York Stock Exchange debut in May, Uber has declined about 18% from its initial public offering price of $45 per share. On Monday, early Uber investor Bradley Tusk told CNBC that CEO Dara Khosrowshahi lacks the «ruthless innovation» mentality of the company’s early days that turned it into a global phenomenon, and the stock reflects it.

Click here to read the full article

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

Uber reportedly faces its “biggest loss ever”

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement, ‘Our platform strategy continues to deliver strong results, with Trips up 35% and Gross Bookings up …
Share this story…Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this pageBuffer this pagePin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on Tumblr

Ride-hailing app Uber is reportedly having another quarter of continued losses after its “disastrous” IPO earlier this year.

In its recently released earnings report, the company said it burned through more than $5 billion which is its largest losses to date.

Gizmodo reports that Uber’s net losses this quarter far exceeded even generous estimations for a company that has dubbed 2019 an “investment year.” The company’s reported revenue came in at $3.17 billion, with adjusted losses of $5.24 billion.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement, ‘Our platform strategy continues to deliver strong results, with Trips up 35% and Gross Bookings up 37% in constant currency, compared to the second quarter of last year.’

‘In July, the Uber platform reached over 100 million Monthly Active Platform Consumers for the first time, as we become a more and more integral part of everyday life in cities around the world,’ added Khosrowshahi.

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts