< PrevNext > Travis Kalanick, Former Uber CEO Uber & Out By Amon Cohen / December 14, 2017 Share Buccaneering digital disruptor or bullying maverick who cut too many corners? History will deliver a fuller judgment on Travis Kalanick, but 2017 was undoubtedly an annus horribilis both for the Ubermensch and the company he founded.Allegations of endemic companywide sexual harassment got the year off to a bad start. A video of Kalanick aggressively berating one of his own drivers swiftly followed, as did a lawsuit from Google driverless car sister company Waymo for trade-secret misappropriation.Kalanick resigned in June, but the bad news kept coming. Transport for London banned Uber for not running a "fit and proper" service after a U.K. court already had ordered the company to give its drivers proper workers' rights. In November, Uber revealed that 57 million passenger records had been hacked 13 months earlier, and yet the company hadn't informed anyone, leading to more legal problems. Along the way, the company lost more than $1 billion two quarters running.Yet there is no denying the extraordinary, permanent transformation Kalanick and his on-demand car service have wrought on ground transportation. Uber handles 10 million trips per day across 77 countries. It claims 65,000 corporate clients for its Uber for Business service, which offers travel manager-friendly features like policy controls and management information.Uber also has dealt a near-terminal blow to traditional taxis, which accounted for only 7 percent of ground transportation business expense claims in the third-quarter of 2017, according to expense management provider Certify. Uber's market share was an astonishing 54 percent, although that figure slipped a point in Q3, the first time that has happened. Rival Lyft, meanwhile, shot up from 8 percent to 11 percent. Is it the first indication that Uber's missteps are affecting its popularity?This is Kalanick's third showing in BTN's Most Influential. The last time Kalanick appeared, in 2015, he was followed alphabetically by Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who then followed him into the Uber CEO hot seat in August 2017. Khosrowshahi is battling to exorcise the bad while keeping the good left behind by his predecessor. Kalanick—worth $5.1 billion, according to Forbes—is battling lawsuits.