Kalanick testified Wednesday in a bombshell trade secrets trial that when Google led an investment in ridesharing startup Uber in 2013, his then-startup was like a younger sibling to the tech giant. He's scheduled to appear in court when the trial reopens around 7:30 a.m.
Uber was so driven to "win at all costs" in the race to develop self-driving vehicles that it cheated, a Waymo lawyer told a jury, at an opening salvo in a trade-secrets lawsuit between the technology companies that could help determine who emerges in the forefront of the autonomous auto business. Uber's legal team, on the other hand, portrayed the company's former leader to the jury as Google's friend-turned-competitor, who was not responsible for Levandowski's actions after he left his previous job and founded his own self-driving vehicle startup.
As Uber's lawyers questioned him, Mr. Kalanick recalled how he had had so much fun as the company's chief executive. Refresh this page for updates.
"He was sort of a little angsty and said, 'Why are you doing my thing?'" In July 2016, Uber-which had long relied in part on Google's mapping technology to power its maps and navigation-was said to be investing half a billion dollars in creating its own worldwide mapping system, lessening its reliance on Google. That included being shown a text exchange between Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski - whom Kalanick had hired to run Uber's self-driving program - where both agreed that "second place is first loser" in the race to win the autonomous vehicle market. Waymo wants him to testify to something he said in a deposition - that he believes Kalanick committed fraud on Uber's board by not sufficiently disclosing facts underlying the Otto acquisition.
It's something Google understands well.
'I don't remember what he discussed, ' Kalanick said of a meeting with Levandowski in late 2015.
By contrast, Uber attempted to show that Kalanick didn't orchestrate the misappropriation of trade secrets in any way.
"I never read the indemnification agreement", Kalanick testified, maintaining that he trusted his legal advisers.
Verhoeven walked Kalanick through various exhibits, ultimately driving to the point that the former CEO was unaware of some key details, including the fact that a due diligence report had not yet been completed.
Waymo attempted to show Kalanick's cheating nature and asked if he played video games now that he's between jobs.
Shortly thereafter, it was Uber's turn.
It claimed Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files before going on to lead Uber's driver-less programme the following year.
Uber's former CEO Travis Kalanick took the stand this week in San Francisco to defend Uber in a lawsuit brought by Waymo. Dressed in a navy suit and tie, Kalanick presented himself as humble and obliging in the face of questioning, taking regular sips from a water bottle. "I tried to come up with a situation where he'd feel like he started a company and I'd feel like I hired him". It says it hired Levandowski for his talent.
Kalanick's memory of events around the Otto acquisition was very hazy under questioning by Waymo, and there were a handful of times where what he said on the stand contradicted the words of his deposition in July 2017. "Larry was very upset that we were doing his thing", Kalanick said. But he's also emphasized that Waymo faces the hard challenge of proving that the ride-hailing service used stolen technology in its self-driving cars.
Kalanick conceded that the legal battle makes hiring Levandowski "not as great as what we thought it was at the beginning". 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.
"The central issue in this case remains whether or not Uber misappropriated Waymo's trade secrets, not whether or not Uber is an evil corporation", Alsup wrote in one of his final orders leading up to the trial.