Uber Execs Fail To Learn An Eternal Business Lesson

Martin Romjue
Posted on November 25, 2014
Former Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive whose boorish behavior and cronyism became a dark sideshow to his bankrupt company’s financial struggles, according to the New York Times in October 2010.

Former Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive whose boorish behavior and cronyism became a dark sideshow to his bankrupt company’s financial struggles, according to the New York Times in October 2010.

Former Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive whose boorish behavior and cronyism became a dark sideshow to his bankrupt company’s financial struggles, according to the New York Times in October 2010.
Former Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive whose boorish behavior and cronyism became a dark sideshow to his bankrupt company’s financial struggles, according to the New York Times in October 2010.

Seeing the recent flame out of Uber's public relations and the revelations of its company culture remind me of a similar corporate spectacle four years ago in the media world.

It's one you would think be top of mind for any start-up entrepreneur or executive leading a multi-billion dollar venture.

Travis Kalanick, meet Randy Michaels. He could probably give you some learned advice on mistakes to avoid.

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To underscore the business culture rule: What you are in private will show up in public, whether it's attitude, ethics, tactics or internal dynamics.

Uber has stirred up the media, the regulators, and the politicians. Now, it's even spooked the traveling public: How To Delete Your Uber Account. The momentum shifts.

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  • Chuck Cotton

     | about 4 years ago

    Typo correction: SARAH LACY Sorry Sarah.

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