Uber’s recent scandals have highlighted in particularly shaming detail what has actually been apparent for decades: Silicon Valley’s systemic gender bias and lack of diversity.
Now, there’s an opportunity for Uber to redeem itself by acting as a testing ground for solutions to a widespread problem. As a piece in Fast Company notes, some of these solutions include operating with more transparency; addressing unconscious bias in hiring, performance reviews, and promotions; and delineating clear systems for incident reporting.
But a more fundamental fix lies in the very thing that’s brought Uber its explosive success. The fabric of Uber’s business model that’s resulted in its $69 billion valuationis something that all Silicon Valley companies would do well to give more heed: flexibility.