July 12, 2022
Illustration: Christopher T. Fong/Protocol
Good morning! The Uber Files whistleblower was revealed — turns out, he did a few shady things at the company, too. So what happens to him?
To blow the whistle, you need to have been close to the action. In the case of the Uber Files, the person sharing details about Uber’s practices was actually involved in the action.
Mark MacGann revealed himself as the Uber Files whistleblower yesterday in a video published by The Guardian. MacGann was Uber’s head of public policy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and he’s now the founder of Moonshot Ventures. He’s also directly tied to the files being published.
So will MacGann face consequences? It’s too early to say how these reports on Uber will affect the company and those people named in the files..
Authorities certainly want more tech whistleblowers, and it will be interesting to see if MacGann’s experience prompts other frontline tech workers to come forward.
MacGann could of course get dragged through the mud with these reports. But he’s also undoubtedly closer to the action than some whistleblowers, which comes with potentially having more to share about how things went down. If he comes out unscathed, he may prompt other people who were involved in some of tech’s darker dealings to come forward too.
Klarna’s valuation took a beating Monday, dropping more than 85% from $46 billion to $6.7 billion in its latest funding round.
Klarna’s fallen valuation came as the economy is showing clear signs of an impending slowdown.
BNPL companies may actually be hurting each other. Protocol reporter Tomio Geron told me that pay-later lenders don’t always know if consumers are also using other BNPL services at the same time, which means consumers can be loading up with more debt.
Klarna followed the leader: Its CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski tweeted this morning that its valuation is “down on par” with peers. And he’s right.
Investors worry that a looming recession could have two effects: Either consumers won’t be able to pay off the BNPL loans they’ve taken out, or they’ll stop spending, period, Tomio told me. And until those fears dissipate, rough times likely lie ahead for pay-later lenders.
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