Uber: Uber's ex-CTO reflects on a rift with Travis Kalanick and how to fix autonomous cars, Technology News, ETtech
Reflecting on seven years as the top technology executive at Uber, Thuan Pham divides his time there into three “tours of duty,” as he describes them. In a video call from his home in San Jose, California, Pham said he’s relieved to no longer be responsible for the technology that powered some 18 million trips a day before the pandemic. Pham’s path to chief technology officer at Uber reads like a Silicon Valley fairy tale. As a child, he escaped war-torn Vietnam in 1979 on a refugee boat with his mom and younger brother. Through booms and busts, he found his way to Silicon Graphics, DoubleClick and VMware Inc. before Kalanick came calling. When Pham joined Uber in 2013, the company was doing 30,000 rides a day and quickly outgrowing its technical capacity, resulting frequent system crashes.