Uber Buys Half the Tickets to Theater Show Inspired by Company’s Scandals

Uber Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from his job, as the company tries to clean up a corporate culture that has sparked charges of harassment and discrimination

Ride-sharing company Uber reportedly purchased half the tickets to the opening night of a new satirical play being performed in London which was inspired by the company’s many scandals.

Business Insider UK reports that ride-sharing company Uber has purchased half the seats to a new theatre show titled “Brilliant Jerks,” set to be performed in London. The play is largely inspired by the numerous scandals surrounding Uber over the past few years and even features a character very similar to Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick. The play was reportedly inspired by a blog post from Susan J. Fowler who published information on the allegedly toxic and sexist workplace culture at Uber.

Fowler’s blog post led to multiple investigations at Uber and uncovered a number of scandals that eventually caused co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick to resign from his position at the company. Now, Uber has reportedly purchased 50 of the 90 seats available for the theatre show on the opening night at the Vault theatre in London. The Vault’s website describes the play this way:

In December 2008, an American entrepreneur left a tech conference in Paris. As he stood in the street, unable to hail a cab, an idea landed with the falling snow: tap a button, get a ride. Ten years on, a company with the simple idea of connecting people to taxis is now the biggest start-up in the world.

But with success comes growing pains. Silicon Valley’s sweetheart is now the subject of multiple scandals, from boardroom sexism, through to workers’ rights and passenger safety. Brilliant Jerks tells the story of three people – a driver, a coder, and a CEO – working for one tech monolith, but living worlds apart. Mia, a troubled young mum, drives nights in Manchester. Sean, a talented but drifting programmer, is recruited to the company’s London office.

And Tyler Janowski, ex-CEO and former adviser to Trump, tries to figure out where it all went wrong.


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