Uber is about to lose Brian McClendon, its VP of mapping and the man behind Google Maps

Something wrong is going on at Uber. Key executives joined the #deleteuber movement and are leaving the company. Among them Brian McClendon, VP of maps and business platform, who has been named by Geoawesomeness one of the top most influential living people who shaped the geo industry of the 21 century.

Uber become a key news story for all the wrong reasons for the last couple of months. In January more than 200k people joined #DeleteUber movement. Also recently the company has launched an internal investigation after an ex-employee, Susan Fowler, wrote a blog post describing experiences of sexual harassment while working at Uber.

These controversies are making some top executives leaving the company. Business Insider points out that besides Brian McClendon six other key people have left Uber in the past few weeks including:

  • Jeff Jones, Uber’s president
  • Gary Marcus, head of Uber AI Labs
  • Raffi Krikorian, senior director of engineering at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Centre
  • Charlie Miller, a key member of Uber’s self-driving-car team
  • Amit Singhal, SVP of engineering
  • Ed Baker, Uber’s VP of product and growth

Brian McClendon was certainly a great asset for the Uber’s mapping division. He started his career for big tech companies back in 2004 when his company Keyhole, Inc. (a prototype of Google Earth), has been acquired by Google. He was leading Google’s mapping efforts between 2004 and 2015. Last year he decided to quit Google and join Uber. Without people of that kind, the sustainability of Uber’s mapping project is in danger in the long term.

Although Uber has hired the best people in the industry, it seems that it’s growth started to get in the way of running the business correctly. It is not too late to put things on the right track but to do it sometimes, you need to make a step back.

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