Uber takes one step forward and two steps back — every day. The ‘bro culture’ that allowed Uber to hire an intellectual property thief knowingly must be replaced by a mature, empathetic leadership that can participate in its markets based on rule of law. Regardless of one’s feelings about the state of U.S. IP law, we can all see that Uber’s cutting corners has produced more trouble for the company than sustainable business opportunity.
Now a hotly contested due diligence report, commissioned by Uber, makes it clear that the ride-hailing company knew Levandowski had ill-gotten Google files before it bought his startup and put him in charge of its own self-driving efforts. Question one seems to have its answer, and question two just got a lot more interesting.