The “deep split” is Travis Kalanick, who is maneuvering for a return to running Uber. The company is stuck on the same problem that brought it to this crisis. It is literally leaderless and in the grip of visions of dominance as its early mover advantage is evaporating because mobile logistics is well on the way to becoming a commodity service.
That group did not include Mr. Kalanick. He and several of his allies had a competing agenda that included their own preferred candidates for the top job and the possibility of returning Mr. Kalanick into an operational role, perhaps even as chief executive. His surrogates had also recently begun talks with the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank about an investment in Uber that could provide Mr. Kalanick a route to regaining power.