After a lackluster Wall Street debut forced Uber’s chief operating officer and chief marketing officer to step down this June, another senior executive at Uber has decided that it is time to end their trip. Manik Gupta, who was chosen to lead the global core product team at Uber exactly a year ago, has announced that Dec 13, 2019, will be his last day at the company.
Uber snagged Gupta from Google Maps in Nov 2015, months after poaching his former boss Brian McClendon, the man who was instrumental in building Google Maps, Google Earth, Local Search, StreetView, and GroundTruth. This was around the same time when Uber entered into an agreement with Google for map services. Pursuant to that agreement, Uber ended up paying Google approximately $58 million for its services between Jan 1, 2016, and Dec 31, 2018.
Even today, the ridehailing company admits that an alternate mapping solution – one which could provide Uber with the global map functionality it requires to offer its platform around the globe – does not exist. McClendon left Uber within 2 years of joining in the midst of the infamous #DeleteUber movement of 2017. And Gupta’s 4-year stint at the company will reach its destination next month.
During this time, Gupta served as Senior Director Product, Maps & Marketplace for 2.5 years, improving Uber’s real-time marketplace and working with the Maps team on search, ETAs, routing, navigation, maps, and local data. His promotion to VP Product, Maps & Marketplace was accompanied by the additional responsibility of acting as Head of Product on an interim basis before being appointed as the CPO in Nov 2018.
“The problem space around ‘helping move X from point A to point B; has always intrigued me,” Gupta had said while joining Uber. “Uber’s version of this problem fascinates me tremendously and I look forward to learning a lot more.”
Today as he leaves the organization to take a break, Gupta says he will continue to use Uber in his everyday life and cheer for the team from the sidelines.
Gupta’s second in command will now report directly to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.