Two senior engineers who last year joined CloudKitchens, the commercial kitchen startup founded by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, abruptly resigned this week, The Information has learned. Their departures raise questions about whether the company could lose other engineers at a time when it is seeking to significantly expand its operations.
The two executives, Shen Jackson and Charles Mwangi, had recruited roughly 50 engineers—most of them based in the San Francisco Bay Area—to design and oversee the prefabrication of materials to build kitchens around the U.S. for the startup. The duo both came to CloudKitchens from Tesla, where they were engineering directors. The startup buys property, remodels it and rents the resulting kitchen space to restaurant tenants that serve customers of food delivery services such as DoorDash and Uber Eats.