Uber Robotics Aviation Image Credit: Entrepreneur
Uber Robotics Aviation Image Credit: Entrepreneur

Inside Uber's Innovation

What does success look like at Uber? The company has famously had its share of scandals, and its IPO earlier this year disappointed investors, but in a letter to his staff, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote that “our true north will be determined over the long term.” Much of that long-term vision is explored here, in a recently renovated industrial complex in San Francisco called Pier 70, which once housed shipbuilders and ironworkers but is now home to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group. The employees in this space work on projects far outside Uber’s core ride-hailing business—they’re designing and developing self-driving vehicles, plans for aviation sharing, and the company’s JUMP bikes and scooters. And they get out of the office a lot: Working on transportation often means going along for the ride.

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LUCIE ZIKOVA/ Senior robotics program manager, New Mobility

“I returned in February from maternity leave, and as a new mom, I really enjoy the fact that we have accessible and comfortable nursing rooms. You can book it and it’s yours for that half hour or however long you need. It makes coming back to work much, much smoother.”

PAUL HANSON/ Engineering manager, JUMP

“I’m on the New Mobility team, and my role is to make sure bikes, scooters, and charging infrastructure are reliable before they go out into the field. It’s been just me for the past two months—and I am hiring—but it’s felt like everyone here is in it together. I’ve never had a situation where anyone has said, ‘That’s not my job.’”

CODY BOYD/ Senior operations manager, Uber Elevate

“When I started at Uber in 2014, I worked at a tiny coworking space in Columbus, Ohio—four desks, eight people. Despite the fact that we’ve grown dramatically over the past four or five years, I like that the collaborative culture is similar. Everyone is literally and figuratively on a level playing field in the new office.”

GURJOT SANDHU/ Mission manager, Advanced Technologies Group

“The biggest change in working at Pier 70 is that instead of every team being in its own silo, we have a pretty open office, and we

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