Former Uber CEO Kalanick says relationship with 'big brother' Google soured

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That's how Kalanick described being CEO of Uber. For example, Kalanick sent a text to Levandowski in March saying, "Burn the village".

By contrast, Uber attempted to show that Kalanick didn't orchestrate the misappropriation of trade secrets in any way.

Kalanick testified he did not ask Levandowski to bring Google information to Uber, or that Levandowski ever told him he had Google data. I was meeting with Larry Page.

Waymo attempted to show Kalanick's cheating nature and asked if he played video games now that he's between jobs.

"That's a famous speech isn't it sir?" The due diligence report compiled by cybersecurity firm Stroz Friedberg could be key evidence for Waymo.

Another point of question was the fact that Kalanick was in the room during an April 2016 presentation to Uber's board when it approved the acquisition of Levandowski's Ottomotto.

"As a CEO, you get literally hundreds of documents to sign each month... the CEO can't read every document". Uber's defence paints a different picture: one of Google seeking revenge after its plucky competitor poached its top engineer and started a driverless auto programme.

Wearing a Navy suit and frequently swigging bottled water, Kalanick's demeanor was generally relaxed, ranging from mildly amused to slightly confused during his appearance on the stand. Karen Dunn, began questioning Kalanick. "We got an investment from Google".

"To no extent at all". And we wanted to not just understand how all the technologies could be put together but having a vision as to what that means for cities.




"How do you feel about him now?" "This has been a hard process", he said. "This makes it not as great as what we thought it was at the beginning". Page didn't bring up the former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski or stolen Google files, Kalanick testified.

"You literally have to invent things that don't exist yet", he said.

Google 's venture capital arm invested $258M in Uber in 2013 with Alphabet CLO David Drummond joining Uber's board. Uber founder Travis Kalanick once referred to Levandowski as his "brother from another mother", but those feelings haven't translated to Uber's legal strategy.

"I did not", Kalanick answered. He continued to praise the company he started and used the word "us" when talking about Uber despite resigning in June. Google was an early investor in Uber, but the companies started to drift apart as it became clear that Google was interested in the ride-hailing market while Uber meant to build self-driving cars.

Uber's defense is expected to argue that Google's lawsuit is an attempt to retaliate against Uber for poaching one of its talented engineers.

But by early 2015, Uber seemed to feel that it was spinning its wheels. (When asked about the statement, Kalanick acknowledged, "that sounds like something I would say.") In another text message, Levandowski reportedly told Kalanick, "I just see this as a race and we need to win".

Former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick leaves the San Francisco federal court during a Waymo-Uber autonomous auto secrets trial in San Francisco, California, US, February 7, 2018.

Waymo's legal team is trying to convince jurors that Kalanick, who has a reputation for flouting rules, conspired with Levandowski to create a fake company that would be purchased by Uber and used to steal eight trade secrets from Google's self-driving auto team. The jury will have to decide whether the documents downloaded by Levandowski were indeed trade secrets and not common knowledge, and whether Uber improperly acquired them, used them and benefited from them.

Beyond the "greed is good", there were many other exchanges shown in court that emphasised Kalanick's brash business approach, including notes from a meeting in which he wrote what he wanted from the deal with Levandowski, including "IP" and "pound of flesh".

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