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Friday, November 7, 2014

Former Lyft COO Responds to Theft Allegations with Apoplectic Twitter Rant

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

click to enlarge Travis VanderZanden, ready for combat. - TWITTER
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Lyft's lawsuit against a rogue former COO took a new dramatic twist on Thursday, when the defendant began making his case on Twitter.

That's probably not a wise thing to do, given that ex-Lyft operative Travis VanderZanden now works for Lyft's chief rival, Uber technologies, and given that old saw about arguing on the Internet. But maybe VanderZanden has a strong team of lawyers to back him.

Or maybe he's so committed to "disruption" that he no longer cares about propriety.

The fight first drew media attention Wednesday, after Lyft filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court, claiming that VanderZanden had filched thousands of sensitive documents — including strategic marketing plans, customers lists, personnel data, and financial records — right before he took a job as Vice President of International Growth at Uber.
In response, VanderZanden issued the following 7-tweet screed:
  Uber and Lyft are already well known for fighting a dirty war for transit startup supremacy, though both companies have fired most shots via press release.

It's a rare treat to get the play-by-play bloodsport.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.

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