This isn’t “pulling a Steve Jobs,” as Kalanick calls it. Jobs spent ample time in the wilderness before returning to Apple, and can back smarter. Since Kalanick is seeking a return to the “hustling” ways that brought Uber to its crisis, his activism is a form of cancer, founderblastoma. Undifferentiated aspirations turning into political blockers to progress.
Travis Kalanick, Uber’s former chief executive, is looking to stay closely involved in strategic and operational decision-making, according to people familiar with the car-booking company’s search for a new CEO who can turn its crisis-battered image around and restore employee morale.