Benchmark Capital, one of Uber’s most compelling speculators and biggest investors, is suing previous CEO Travis Kalanick for misrepresentation, as per Axios. The protestation, which was documented in Delaware court, blames Kalanick for “misrepresentation, rupture of agreement and break of trustee obligation.” It’s the most recent sign that, in spite of Kalanick’s current acquiescence from Uber, the organization keeps on getting itself immeshed in Kalanick-related mayhem.
Benchmark, which was an early financial specialist in Uber and pulls up a chair on its governing body, claims that Kalanick’s “general goal” is to pack the board with “faithful partners with an end goal to protect his earlier lead from examination and clear the way for his inevitable return as CEO — all to the disservice of Uber’s investors, workers, driver-accomplices, and clients.”
The suit spins around the June 2016 vote to build the span of the board’s voting chiefs from eight to 11 seats, with Kalanick having the sole appropriate to assign those seats. Benchmark says it never would have voted to take into account those additional seats had it thought about Kalanick’s “gross bungle and other wrongdoing at Uber.”
As indicated by the VC firm, this incorporates “unavoidable sex separation and lewd behavior,” and also “professedly harbored exchange insider facts stolen from a contender.” This is a reference to the progressing claim amongst Uber and Alphabet, the last blaming the previous for taking its self-driving auto mysteries. Kalanick is likewise blamed for concealing an instrument to beguile neighborhood experts called Greyball from the board.
This lines up with late reports that Kalanick has been “intruding” in the look for another CEO and is reputed to be calculating to come back to his previous position. Benchmark is said to have initiated the speculator push to expel Kalanick from the organization following quite a while of self-caused outrages completely discolored Uber’s notoriety. Pressures amongst Uber and Benchmark have stayed high, which Axios says has added to the moderate pace in finding another CEO.
Benchmark is looking for the June 2016 vote to be nullified, which would successfully wipe out the three board seats. On the off chance that the firm is fruitful, Kalanick would be commenced the governing body, which would likewise likely put a conclusion to his reputed come back to the organization he helped found.
An email to Kalanick was not instantly returned. A representative for Uber declined to remark. Here’s a copy of the complaint.