Marissa Mayer defends Travis Kalanick: ‘I just don’t think he knew’ about the toxic Uber culture


Travis Kalanick has at least one other recently unemployed chief executive in his corner.

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer defended the disgraced Uber leader’s honor — or at least his  obliviousness — in a speech in Palo Alto on Tuesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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“I just don’t think he knew,” Mayer reportedly said of why Kalanick let such a toxic culture of systemic sexism fester at the ride-hailing company. “When your company scales that quickly, it’s hard.”

“Scale is incredibly tricky,” she added. “I count Travis as one of my friends. I think he’s a phenomenal leader; Uber is ridiculously interesting.” Read more…

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