Uber CEO Travis Kalanick played pingpong with Mark Zuckerberg at a party called ‘Babes and Balls’


If your company had been recently accused of cultivating a sexist culture, you might stay away from a party called “Babes and Balls.”

Not so for Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who played pingpong at a “Babes and Balls”-themed party on Friday night.

Kalanick, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston were at the event at San Francisco pingpong bar Spin.Travis and Zhang ping ping

This was during a week in which Uber had to drop its secret, regulation-dodging Greyball tool, launch a search for a new chief operating officer, and investigate its own workplace practices. “Gee, I wonder why women feel unwelcome in tech?” engineering professor Brian Noble wrote on Twitter.

Spin is part-owned by Susan Sarandon and has run similarly themed nights before. Before last week’s party was a “Babes and Balls Arabian Nights” party that featured underwear-clad belly dancers dancing on the tables.

At least soon-to-be second-time father Zuckerberg had a wild time.

Mark Zuckerberg ping pong

Here’s Travis Kalanick looking unconcerned in a doubles game with Drew Houston.

Travis Kalanick and Drew Houston ping pong

And again, by himself.

Travis Kalanick ping pong

Here’s Zuckerberg playing table-tennis Olympian Lily Zhang.

Zuckerberg ping pong Spin

It looks as if she schooled the Facebook founder.

Zhang schooling the Facebook founder

But there were no hard feelings.

Zuckerberg ping ping Lily Zhang

Drew Houston was given some cake when other guests found out it also happened to be his birthday.

Drew Houston

And finally, what Zuckerberg might have been thinking throughout.

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