With a huge data dump in its hands, The Guardian has written several long investigative pieces to show us how a Late State Capitalism firm from Silicon Valley, $UBER, moved wrecklessly fast, and broke and old model which worked well for over a hundred years. This former model - the taxi business - paid taxes, insured drivers were competent and law abiding, dictated rates, and provided a healthy living to licensed drivers who had to earn their taxi license by taking tests above and beyond those required by a state or country. In return, a licensed taxi driver could make a reasonably middle class living by providing ride share service which no driver wanted to lose as a job or business.
These articles will open your eyes to the John Galts of Silicon Valley and how they put profits over people erecting a non-profitable business model which turned founders into billionaires while still not shared their private gains with shareholders who believed in their revenue expansions, revenues which came at the cost of “doing business” at a loss.
Travis Kalanick, founder and former $UBER CEO, is as scuzzy a human being as you can find. If only there were a way to claw back billions of ill-gotten gains from this man with no conscience. Prepare to be shocked/not shocked at how a group of American business leaders from $UBER thought they too are above the law, not only here in America, but in countries around the world.
p.s. Especially hurtful is learning how members of the former Obama Administration lobbied and set up secret meetings with world leaders to persuade them to give $UBER good press and assistance while $UBER was happy that some of the anti-$UBER protests were ending up in violence.
The Guardian headline: Uber broke laws, duped police and secretly lobbied governments, leak reveals
More than 124,000 confidential documents leaked to the Guardian
Files expose attempts to lobby Joe Biden, Olaf Scholz and George Osborne
Emmanuel Macron secretly aided Uber lobbying in France, texts reveal
Company used ‘kill switch’ during raids to stop police seeing data
Former Uber CEO told executives ‘violence guarantees success’
by Harry Davies, Simon Goodley, Felicity Lawrence, Paul Lewis and Lisa O’Carroll
A leaked trove of confidential files has revealed the inside story of how the tech giant Uber flouted laws, duped police, exploited violence against drivers and secretly lobbied governments during its aggressive global expansion.
The unprecedented leak to the Guardian of more than 124,000 documents – known as the Uber files – lays bare the ethically questionable practices that fuelled the company’s transformation into one of Silicon Valley’s most famous exports.
The leak spans a five-year period when Uber was run by its co-founder Travis Kalanick, who tried to force the cab-hailing service into cities around the world, even if that meant breaching laws and taxi regulations.