Following Charges, Uber Confronts Its Asian Dilemma


The extent governments are willing to go to crack down on Uber has reached a new high-water mark yesterday after Korean prosecutors charged Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and CEO of Uber, of violating local transportation laws. If he were convicted, the punishment could include fines, and perhaps a first for the company and its leadership, a possible jail sentence. Uber has said in a statement that it is cooperating with authorities and believes that its service in the country is legal.

As Jon Russell noted in his post, Uber has faced a lot of headwinds in its expansion in Asia, with both Taiwan and Thailand attempting to block the service.

That’s unfortunate, because when it comes to growth, Uber’s key markets are all in Asia. The Asian mega cities, from Seoul to Bangkok to Beijing, not only have some of the highest population densities in the world, but also…

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