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This May Be Uber’s Most Controversial Move Yet

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With friends like Uber, who needs enemies? That’s a lesson that Carnegie Mellon University may be learning.

The university is reportedly reeling after ride-sharing startup Uber poached 40 of its researchers and scientists earlier this year. The startup was able to lure the talent by offering some scientists hundreds of thousands of dollars to staff Uber’s new tech center in Pittsburgh, one researcher told The Wall Street Journal.

What’s interesting about this new, unlikely rivalry for talent is that Uber and Carnegie Mellon seemingly kicked off the year as friends. The startup and the university in February announced a partnership that included the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center. At the time, Uber said its goal was to work closely with CMU faculty, staff and students both on campus and at the university’s National Robotics Engineering Center to do research and development.

Carnegie Mellon said the center would add local jobs and help further establish Pittsburgh’s reputation for innovation. But the university likely didn’t expect some of those jobs to be at the expense of CMU’s payroll.

Uber’s coup is creating real problems at CMU. The Journal reports the startup hired six principal investigators and 34 engineers. Before the recruiting, NREC had more than 100 engineers and scientists. And perhaps also worrisome for CMU: Uber is still hiring in Pittsburgh.

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Uber’s new headquarters is expected to open in late 2017 or early 2018 in San Francisco’s Mission Bay.Uber
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There are two buildings featured in the design: one is a six-story building at 1515 Third St., while the other is an 11-story building at 1455 Third St.Uber
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The campus was designed by Shop Architects PC, a firm based in New York City.Uber
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It measures 423,000 square feet, which reportedly triples Uber’s footprint in the city.Uber
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This will be the eighth move for Uber. Salesforce previously occupied the space.Uber
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The move to the new headquarters comes as the company nabbed a $50 billion valuation earlier this year.Uber

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