Sign up to receive 5 free days of our daily summary for tech news.

At Uber, Waymo Lawsuit Brings New Risks

Shortly after Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo filed a lawsuit in late February alleging Uber stole its trade secrets, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told employees in a weekly, companywide staff meeting that “we looked at everything” and determined the company did nothing wrong, said two people who heard the remarks.

Later, at an executive staff meeting, Uber general counsel Salle Yoo told Mr. Kalanick his comments were wrong and irresponsible because Uber had “not done what you said we did,” in terms of ferreting out all the facts, said people with knowledge of the exchange. Mr. Kalanick, who attended the meeting remotely via video, moved on to other topics. (Uber declined to comment.)

No subscription? You're missing out.

Join the high-powered community of tech and business leaders who rely on The Information's original news and in-depth reporting.

So far, the case hasn’t prevented Mr. Kalanick from traveling. He spent part of last week in Seattle meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about partnership opportunities, according to people briefed about his trip. (Mr. Nadella was hosting CEOs of other companies as part of an annual event.) Mr. Kalanick brought a bodyguard on the trip, according to people who saw him. He’s had that kind of security on and off for the better part of a year.

4 total comments
Fazal Majid, Amir Efrati and 1 other commented on this article.
Read comments from top tech and industry leaders
Joe Lonsdale
Joe Lonsdale
Founding Partner, Eight
Chamath Palihapitiya
Chamath Palihapitiya
Founder & Managing Partner, SocialCapital
Tina Sharkey
Tina Sharkey
CEO, Brandless
Jonah Peretti
Jonah Peretti
CEO, Buzzfeed
Adam D'Angelo
Adam D'Angelo
CEO, Quora
Brit Morin
Brit Morin
Founder & CEO, Brit + CO
Dustin Moskovitz
Dustin Moskovitz
Co-Founder, Asana
Christina Miller
Christina Miller
President & General Manager, Turner
Max Levchin
Max Levchin
CEO, Affirm
Adam Mosseri
Adam Mosseri
Director of Product, Facebook
Alex Mather
Alex Mather
The Athletic
Martha Josephson
Martha Josephson
Partner, Egon Zehnder
James Murdoch
James Murdoch
Co-Chief Operating Officer, 21st Century Fox
Andrew Kortina
Andrew Kortina
Founder, Venmo
Ben Chestnut
Ben Chestnut
Co-Founder & CEO, Mailchimp
Ruchi Sanghvi
Ruchi Sanghvi
VP Operations, Dropbox
Login or Subscribe to follow the discussions happening here and real-time in our   Slack Community.
The impact on Uber’s talent recruiting and retention for the self-driving program has been palpable.