Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of ride-sharing app Uber, is all set to move a large number of its engineering jobs to India, a move that a year ago had almost led to the resignation of the company’s chief technology officer (CTO).
The Silicon Valley firm has laid off 6,700 employees globally, as it incurred losses of US$2.9 billion in the first three months of this year.
Considering Khosrowshahi’s words at a recent conference call with investors, the ride-hailing service shrunk as much as 80% in April.
Uber’s engineering team in India has grown nine-fold over the past three years. What’s more, Indian engineers are credited with the development of the company’s ‘Uber lite’ app used by the company in more than 30 countries.
Thuan Pham refused the CEO’s suggestion that he immediately hire thousands of engineers in India. According to The Information, he even threatened that he would resign if the company went ahead with its plan to hire engineers in India in a short period of time.
He was worried that Uber would end up hiring inexperienced and less-innovative engineers if it hired so many professionals in a hurry.
The ride-hailing app, which is widely popular across India, has large engineering centers in Bangalore and Hyderabad.