I’ve never met Travis Kalanick in person but most of the stories you read about him describe the man as ruthless, arrogant and sometimes worse. Regardless of how you feel about him though, there’s no denying that he’s built an impressive business. Uber has gone from a luxury black car only service in San Francisco to a $69 billion company operating in hundreds of cities across the globe.
There are lots of shortcomings with Uber’s business model, but I believe the world is a better place with Uber than without it. The Upstarts is a new book from New York Times best-selling author and Bloomberg editor Brad Stone that details the meteoric rise of Uber and Airbnb by following the company’s two CEOs: Travis Kalanick and Brian Chesky.