An employee petition to return him to CEO reportedly circulated throughout the company and Kalanick himself allegedly said he was “Steve Jobs-ing it” (a reference to Apple’s co-founder leaving and then triumphantly rejoining the company), an email sent Monday morning by co-founder Garrett Camp promises unequivocally that Uber will not hire Kalanick back. In once-private conversations, Kalanick reportedly said that he is “Steve Jobs-ing it”, a colloquialism which is presumably a reference to the now-deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who was sacked but eventually returned to lead the company into greatness.
Last week, Uber’s general counsel Salle Yoo also reportedly addressed rumours of Kalanick’s possible return to the firm during an all-hands meeting.
Kalanick stepped down as CEO in June at the urging of Uber’s five main investers. The company is still in the process of turning its image around, after all.
“Our CEO search is the board’s top priority”, Camp said in the email. Despite rumors I’m sure you’ve seen in the news, Travis is not returning as CEO. For the comment, Uber declined.
Uber, valued at about $69 billion by investors, is now considering a few candidates for the top job, including former General Electric Co. Benchmark, an Uber backer that led discussions with SoftBank for a potential share sale from early on, wrote in a tweet that it believes Uber could be “comfortably worth” more than $100 billion in two years.