Uber has made headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent months but Marissa Mayer, the former CEO of Yahoo, defended Uber founder Travis Kalanick on Tuesday, according to a report by The San Francisco Chronicle.
Kalanick, who was Uber’s CEO since it was founded in 2009, has been heavily criticised for creating a toxic culture at Uber and turning a blind eye to several major issues including sexual harassment. He stepped down as CEO last Wednesday.
“Scale is incredibly tricky,” Mayer reportedly said at the annual Stanford Directors’ College education event. “I count Travis as one of my friends. I think he’s a phenomenal leader; Uber is ridiculously interesting.”
Mayer added: “I just don’t think he knew. When your company scales that quickly, it’s hard.”
Mayer went on to say that Uber is currently going through the same kind of thing that Google went through when Eric Schmidt was brought on as CEO to help founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
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