Update: Hell no!
I’ve lost track of all their problems so far this year. The CEO yelling at a driver, toxic culture for women at the company, unethical and aggressive tactics against Lyft and using a app to systematically avoid giving rides to government officials. And the drivers don’t get paid very well.
I regret that Uber isn’t available in my area so I would have the opportunity to boycott them.
I think there is a good chance that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is being genuine in his surprise and effort in fixing the sexism at Uber. Uber has some major ethical issues. Some of them may be based on how blind he has been at the kind of company Uber has become. His meeting with female engineers is helpful, as is his appointment of someone like Eric Holder to investigate claims of sexism. I do have to allow this is perhaps just someone alert enough to be acting to save his own skin, and that of Uber. We shall see. How will we know if this is really meaningful? Ask the female employees at Uber in future. Preferably in private. Ask the people affected if he has improved things. I spend most of my life thinking everything was fine when it came to race and sex in society. That comes from selecting who to associate with and mistakenly believing that most people are like me.. and those that I see around me. The last 10 years have been a painful wake-up call. A sort of “oh, shit” when it comes to evaluating what humans are capable of and where we are at with our society and progress. There is nothing special about the period of time in history for that wake-up call, just a realization that I had it wrong. If I believe that I can wake-up, change and grow as a human, I have to believe that other people can as well. That includes Travis Kalanick. We will have to see how this goes.