- Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick has been spotted in Davos attending parties at the World Economic Forum.
- He was seen at a party with current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a situation that seemed awkward to onlookers, the two men sitting on opposite sides of the table.
- The party was held after Khosrowshahi slammed the “moral compass” of Uber under Kalanick’s leadership in an interview.
With a new $1.4 billion wad of cash burning a hole in his pocket, Uber cofounder, board member and ousted CEO Travis Kalanick is in Davos this week partying with the world’s rich and famous.
He was reportedly spotted without a registration badge hanging from his neck — an indication that he may not have been an official attendee of the World Economic Forum conference. Kalanick was seen mingling and networking at the parties, though. This is an old trick of his from his struggling startup days, when he couldn’t afford the conference fees, people close to Kalanick told Business Insider. He used to attend a hot conference, say SxSW, skip the actual conference and just go to the parties, arrange coffee meetings and the like.
It’s not unusual to see Kalanick at a big tech conference. He has steadily been attending them even though he is no longer Uber’s CEO.
We don’t know who he is in Davos to see. But we do know one person he ran into: the CEO he helped hire to replace him, Dara Khosrowshahi.
The two men were spotted at the same dinner party on Tuesday night, hosted by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, where they sat at opposite ends of the same table, New York Times Dealbook reported.
It was awkward, Dealbook reported.
Earlier that morning, Khosrowshahi told CNBC that his relationship with Kalanick these days is “fine but it’s Read More Here