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Uber In Crisis?

Employees want out, and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky is losing faith in Kalanick.

Uber has been plagued in recent weeks by a slew of bad headlines, causing Silicon Valley insiders to start to question the leadership of CEO Travis Kalanick.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, who is a close friend of Kalanick, said that Kalanick needs a mentor, while avoiding answering whether Kalanick should step down during an interview on CBS This Morning on Monday.

CBS reported that “Uber finds itself on a role for all the wrong reasons. Rocked by allegations of turning a blind eye to sexual harassment, stealing trade secrets, and the behavior of its CEO, 40-year-old Travis Kalanick.”

At this point, CBS showed a video of Kalanick getting into a heated verbal altercation with an Uber driver.

CBS‘s Ben Tracy asked Chesky, who is friends with Kalanick, whether Kalanick can still successfully lead Uber in light of all these scandals.

“I would assume that only he knows best the answer to that question, and I would take him at his word that he can become the leader he wants to become,” Chesky said, dodging the question. “One thing that I learned is I needed mentors. And I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for mentors. I’ve been pretty shameless about constantly seeking leadership help, from people that are smarter than me and more experienced than me.”

Chesky’s lackluster support for Kalanick’s continued leadership of Uber follows reports that Uber employees have lost faith in the company and many are attempting to leave.

Financial Times reports on the crisis:

“Recruiters in the Bay Area and executives at rival companies say they have seen an uptick in job applications from Uber employees, as its workers lose faith in the company’s leadership and start to doubt the value of their stock options. Uber has gone from crisis to crisis over the past five weeks, prompting increasing numbers of employees to explore the idea of leaving a start-up that was once considered one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious and lucrative workplaces.”