Uber has been valued at more than $62.5bn and has reportedly been in talks with investors about a new $2bn funding round. However, there’s still no C-level executive leading Uber’s finances, and there’s no indication Uber will name anybody to the vacant slot soon.One of its biggest financial hires came in 2013, when it poached Brent Callinicos, a former treasurer for Google and Microsoft. He scaled the firm from a startup to a multinational operating in 53 countries, but left in March 2015. As per usual, the departure of any executive comes hand-in-hand with a retirement letter to be dispatched to staff. Most times the message is brief and to the point, but tech execs seem to be a little more personal and philosophical. In an internal memo, Callinicos explained “there is no later. The time is now. It is time to do what I have desired for a very long time; time to keep a promise to my wife of not missing another school play, swim meet, or academic achievement of our daughter’s childhood.” He wrote that a great philosopher, John Dewey, once, said, ”Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart’s desire.” It was further added that time has a way of passing quickly, easily leaving your heart’s desire to maybe happen later. “Time; time; time, to encapsulate what matters most to me; time, to admit that every day I work, I lose time with my family; time, to help my daughter understand how important time is before time becomes a blur to her too. It is simply time,” he wrote. “For me, this ride is coming to an end. After 26 years of nonstop work since MBA School, I am going to step back and spend some time with my family and let someone else take this amazing company to the next level as CFO. My daughter is in middle school; my wife has been supportively waiting to spend time with me for 28 years. I made a promise to both of them that I would be taking a long break at this stage of life. “And as the great philosopher put it, everything has conspired to give me this opportunity to acknowledge my heart’s desire. Right now, the happiest thing I can think of is driving my daughter to school and swim practice. Time, now, for the heart’s desire. I will watch and admire from the sidelines as I begin a new life with my family.” Read more about Uber:
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