It pales compared to all the other atrocities, but 2017 has been the year of the “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” conversation in tech.
The conversation I’ve had with Uber investors: “It just wasn’t clear until Susan Fowler that the company was this bad…”
Yes it was. They responded to reports that women were sexual assaulted using their service by saying it didn’t happen or telling reporters they were dressed too provocatively. They threatened to go after reporters’ families, something even Travis Kalanick said was “inhuman.” They were caught employing those same threatened tactics by a judge who called the behavior “possibly criminal.” UN Women dropped them like a hot potato, the optics around Uber’s treatment of women were so bad. This was all years ago.