Travis Kalanick of Uber on Fighting for What You Believe In

November 21, 2012

4:00 pm

Disrupting an industry ain’t easy.  Just ask Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of the oft-controversial Uber.

“You’ve gotta be tough, you’ve got to fight for what you believe in.”

The hail-a-personal-driver app has met resistance in both Washington D.C. and NYC, and has more recently been hit with lawsuits from Chicago and San Francisco, Uber’s homebase.  But in the eyes of Kalanick, the turmoil has served only to rally Uber’s community of users, “our customers stand up for their right, their ability to have that kind of offering for themselves.”

During our conversation we talk about the resistance that Uber has met, how their community has rallied as a result, and what to expect from Uber moving forward.

Watch the full interview with Travis Kalanick below.  The interview was filmed at DCWEEK in Washington, DC, on November, 7 2012. It is also part of the Tech Cocktail Conversations podcast – subscribe on iTunes.

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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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