Sorry Travis Kalanick, the days of being an asshole CEO are over

We all remember the way in which Steve Jobs treated people, but Jobs wasn’t alone in the category of “Asshole CEO” – thankfully we’re living in a different time and space where culture assures that kindness is at the forefront of everything the company is above all, and if it’s not, well then the Board of Directors may just step in, and that is exactly what happened this past Tuesday at Uber.

This past Tuesday, Uber’s Travis Kalanick stepped down as CEO due to an overwhelming request from Uber’s board that he do so.

Board members wrote a letter and had it delivered to Kalanick in Chicago Tuesday. It was titled “Moving Uber Forward” – we all know a title like that doesn’t end well, and it didn’t.

Kalanick issued a statement regarding his departure which read:

“I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Mr. Kalanick said in a statement. (Source: NYTimes)

THE BIG LESSON

I think the big lesson here is that “Culture” tops “Skills” ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! I mean you have to be a pretty big prick to be asked to step down as CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, that you helped build from the ground up. I’m not sure where his head is at with the way that he’s approached employees and those he interacts with on a daily basis, but his approach is AWFUL.

Based on what I read in this NYTimes article, Kalanick will remain on the Board of Directors for Uber, but his days as CEO are long done.

One quote comes to mind, “Hustle hard and stay humble.”

Words we can all live by.

WTF is Meerkat App?! : How to use the hottest livestreaming video app

Talk about capturing the moment, add ‘real-time’ to that phrase now. According to the Wall Street Journal, Meerkat App registered 15,000 users in the first week of their launch

Roughly 17 days ago, Meerkat took the digital space by storm, one live video stream at a time. If you think back over the past 25 years, there have been several momumental moments in history that were caught by reporters, journalists, and photographers alike.

Today history is still happening on a daily basis, but the only difference is that we now have the opportunity to capture it has it happens or in real-time thanks to technology like live streaming video.

Livestreaming is nothing new, Meerkat, is an extremely simply iPhone app, that makes streaming live video even easier.

Meerkat links with Twitter accounts, allowing one person on one side of the phone, stream a live video feed of whatever they choose, or a video selfie of course.

How do you use? It’s quite simple:

  1. Download the Meerkat App.
  2. Sign up by logging in with your Twitter account.
  3. You can either “Stream” right away or ‘Schedule’ a stream for a later time.
  4. Aaaaaand you’re LIVE!

Once you’re live, you’ll see how many people are joining your stream because their profile pic will show at the top of your screen as well as a running count of viewers. Viewers can ‘like’, ReTweet and comment on your stream. All comments posted to the stream are sent as tweets as well. After your livestream is over, Meerkat App gives you the option to save the video archive. This can be used for future content, event recaps, etc.

Like any social platform, there are rules! Here are The Rules of Meerkat:

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“[Meerkat has] been very effective for me,” says Gary Vaynerchuk, an Internet personality and entrepreneur whose use of social media and viral video has netted him more than 1.3 million Twitter followers. Vaynerchuk has used Meerkat to broadcast behind-the-scenes peeks of his YouTube programThe #AskGaryVee Show. When you use Meerkat to share video, it automatically tweets a message that says you’re broadcasting live, with a link people can click to watch.

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(photo cred: http://bit.ly/1xaVDpV)

On recent quote via Time.com, my buddy Gary Vaynerchuk has this to say about the relevant use and rapid growth of Meerkat App – “Within a few minutes, 500 to 800 people are watching me live, at any given time,” says Vaynerchuck. “That is insanity, if you think about it . . . and don’t forget, I am a 39-year-old male who talks about business, so my demo isn’t the most native to this.”