This time it seems that, because of Kalanick's micromanagement of the Uber logo design, Uber's Head of Design has left the company.
A non-technical co-founder shouldn't write code, right? So I don't understand why a non-designer co-founder should design a logo.
While not normally as bad as that example, executive input is acceptable at some companies, typically from those people we've all seen whose confidence clearly outweighs their ability (though to be fair some people give great commentary too). In areas like brand its very difficult to 'prove' bad suggestions right or wrong as measuring impact/result is difficult given so many variables, and for what you can measure you'd have to run the alternate to truly know results, which is unrealistic. The other one I see is sales management get promoted to run marketing as many operations/finance leadership dont realise how different the skillsets are, assuming 'selling is selling'.
For this, life is a bit easier in the performance marketing channels vs brand type channels. I've found the best solution is, rather than fight the political fight to keep them out, simply build what they want (assuming digital campaigns) and A/B test their campaign version. Afterwards be sure to present the results at a suitably high/wide level. Its win/win as if they contribute good work the company benefits from their insight which is great. And if they are the manager sticking their untalented nose in repeatedly, after several presentations (all done in a genuinely friendly manner) the bad internal press tends to keep them quiet, at least for a while.
And to be fair, some marketing people are not the best themselves and probably deserve micro-management...
What part of that implies that he left because of the redesign ?.
However please consider that:
1. he made the announcement just a few hours after the logo was presented to the public
2. according to numerous reports in the press, Kalanick closely managed the redesign.
For these reasons I believe that my claim is not completely unfounded.