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Just under two months after resigning from Uber, former CEO Travis Kalanick has reportedly asked some former colleagues if they would support him in a potential shareholder battle, according to a new report by The Information.

You’ll periodically find these kinds of proxy fights happening at public companies, but after his ouster, it appears that Kalanick still may want to try to gain back some control at Uber. The Information reports that Kalanick isn’t currently pursuing a shareholder battle. This comes amid reports that Softbank is looking to invest in the company, as well as purchase shares from existing shareholders.

The fresh drama and instigation from Kalanick are probably not going to help things at the company, which has a number of empty slots at the top of the company that it’s looking to fill. Any kind of internal bickering could end up pushing away potential candidates, especially if Kalanick is really looking to return to some kind of operational role at the company.

Kalanick’s departure followed a number of significant scandals within the company, including a lawsuit between Waymo and Otto, the autonomous trucking company it acquired. Uber also began an internal investigation over issues with sexism inside the company led by former Attorney General Eric Holder. Uber adopted all 10 recommendations resulting from the investigation in June.

Another juicy detail in The Information story is that the Uber board was asked by executives not to contact Uber employees for information or assistance without approval from the board. Still, in June, Recode reported that Uber employees were circulating a petition internally asking the board to allow Kalanick to stay at the company.

Uber declined to comment for this story.

Calling for room service is kind of annoying, though it’s one of the most first world-type of problems one could have. But that’s just to say the hotel industry is behind, technologically speaking.

Startup AavGo is trying to fix that by bringing ipads into hotels to enable hotel staff to communicate among themselves, as well as enable hotel guests to easily communicate with staff — therefore getting rid of the need for room service phone calls and trips to the front desk.

This past week, AavGo’s service between hotel guests and hotel staff officially launched at the five hotel brands at which it operates. Up until this point, AavGo only enabled communication between staff. That means guests at hotels like The Row Hotel and Hotel Strata can use the AavGo-provided tablet in their room to request things like food, toothpaste, extra pillows or maintenance.

“We’re trying to eliminate the need of a phone call,” AavGo co-founder Mrunal Desai told me. “And eliminate the need of going to the front desk. If the customer needs any kind of service from the hotel, you can request it from the tablet.”

On the hotel side, not much is required, other than Wi-Fi. One competitor in this space is ALICE, which provides a system to run a hotel on a single platform and touts customers like Triumph Hotels, Sixty Hotels and Nylo Hotels. Last January, the startup raised a $9.5 million Series A round led by Expedia, which brought its total funding to $13 million.

The two services seem pretty similar, but Desai says a key differentiator is that AavGo is focused on more than just boutique hotels. Another key difference is that AavGo provides in-room tablets.

AavGo, which charges hotels $5 per room per month, aims to be live at 50 hotels by the end of this year. By December 2018, the goal is to hit 500 hotels. A couple of months ago, the startup closed a $1 million round of funding.

Publicerat klockan 04:34, den 12 september 2018
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