Travis Kalanick is a famous American entrepreneur, who is mainly known as the CEO of giant transportation network company Uber. He also co-founded the peer-to-peer file sharing company RedSwoosh with Michael Todd in 2001.
EARLY YEARS & EDUCATION
An American entrepreneur Travis Cordell Kalanick was born on August 6, 1976, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is the CEO and co-founder of the Red Swoosh company, a peer-to-peer file-sharing, and Uber, the transportation network company.
Bonnie Renee Horwitz, Kalanick mother, and his father, Donald Kalanick, was an engineer. He has two half-sisters and a brother. His brother Cory Kalanick is a firefighter. He has spent his childhood in Northridge, California and got his education from Granada Hills High School and for further studies he got admitted to University of California, Los Angeles, to study computer engineering.
EARLY CAREER & THE BIRTH OF UBER
In 1998, to start his career as an entrepreneur Travis Kalanick with some of his classmates dropped out of University of California, Los Angeles started their own business. They had started Scour Inc., a multimedia search engine and Scour Exchange, a file exchange service respectively. In 2001, with Scour’s engineering team, Kalanick established a new company Red Swoosh. His company Red Swoosh, the main idea was to allow users to transfer and trade large media files. In 2007, his company was acquired by Akamai Technologies for $19 million. Thinking to benefit the passengers and the drivers in 2009, Kalanick and Garrett Camp founded Uber, a mobile application company that helps to connect passengers with drivers of vehicles and the company helps the passengers when they need to hire a vehicle.
Travis Kalanick has expanded his business very rapidly around the world. Uber operates in more than one hundred cities around the globe. In some cities of North America including Washington D.C., Chicago, Toronto, and New York City he has faced some controversy. From the similar companies in a city like London his company is facing fierce competition. Due to the occurrence of fierce competition in the market, he has created a “win at all cost” culture in his Uber organization, for his step he has got great criticism from the workers in November 2014. He has also faced some criticism when he made a bad remark about the women. In different conferences and business events, including TechCrunch Disrupt, Tech Cocktail, and LeWeb he has seen presenting and sharing his professional experiences.
PERSONAL LIFE, ACHIEVEMENTS & NET WORTH
Travis Kalanick is unmarried and he has not disclosed his love life and love affairs in the media. Recently it came into news that he was in a relationship with Gabi Holzwarth and they are dating each other and spending their life happily. Gabi who was sick for some period stated than when Kalanick came into her life that has brought positive energy and fighting spirit in her life. Kalanick official twitter account is opened by the name @travisk. He has been followed by more than 73.4K+ followers and has tweeted more than 6000+ times.
In the 8th Annual Crunchies Award held on February 5, 2015, Kalanick was nominated for the Best CEO.
Kalanick has made 13 investments in 10 companies. In 2014, in the list of Forbes 400 richest American, Kalanick is at position 290. As of October 2016, Kalanick's net worth is about $6.3 billion dollars.
Last modified: August 24, 2015
Published on: March 29, 2015
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