Young companies have their share of growing pains. And fast-growing, young technology companies can have more than their share. And Uber Technologies? Let's just say 2017 probably wasn't indicative of more mature years to come.
Travis Kalanick, the ride-hailing company's visionary founder, was caught on video in February arguing heatedly with one of the company's drivers. Embarrassed when the public display went viral, Kalanick told his 11,000 employees in a letter that he "must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up." But worse events rendered his contrition moot. By June, Kalanick was forced to resign amid allegations that Uber's corporate atmosphere was toxic, with sexism and sexual harassment. Twenty employees were fired over the issue. As if to drive home the point, at a board meeting to discuss the sexism crisis, Uber director David Bonderman greeted the issue with a sexist one-liner that resulted in backlash and his own resignation.