18 Inspiring Quotes by Travis Kalanick

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Travis Kalanick is and American Computer programmer and entrepreneur, best known as the founder of transportation network company, Uber. He co-founded Uber along with Garrett Camp, also co-founder of StumbleUpon, in 2009.

Travis said he wanted to be an entrepreneur when he was 18 years old. He dropped out of University of California, Los Angeles to work in a company called Scour. After a couple of years he founded his company called Red Swoosh in 2001. He shared his struggles through his blog mentioning not having salary for 3 years and moving in his parents home for a while.

The success he attained from Uber is due to his strong will and never giving-up attitude.

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Inspiring Quotes by Travis Kalanick:

1. “There’s been so much corruption and so much cronyism in the taxi industry and so much regulatory capture, that if you ask for permission upfront for something that’s already legal, you’ll never get it.” – Travis Kalanick

2. “As an entrepreneur, I try to push the limits. Pedal to the

metal.” – Travis Kalanick

3. “I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 18. I started a company with a bunch of buddies that got funded in my senior year, and that’s when I finished school. It was called Scour, a peer-to-peer service, file-sharing.” – Travis Kalanick

4. “My politics are: I’m a trustbuster. Very focused. And yeah, I’m pro-efficiency. I want the most economic activity at the lowest price possible. It’s good for everybody; it’s not red or blue.” – Travis Kalanick

5. “The regulatory systems in place disincentive innovation. It’s intense to fight the red tape.” – Travis Kalanick

6. “Uber is efficiency with elegance on top. That’s why I buy an iPhone instead of an average cell phone, why I go to a nice restaurant and pay a little bit more. It’s for the experience.” – Travis Kalanick

7. “Stand by your principles and be comfortable with confrontation. So few people are, so when the people with the red tape come, it becomes a negotiation.” – Travis Kalanick

8. “Look, I’m a passionate entrepreneur. I’m like fire and brimstone sometimes. And so there are times when I’ll go—I’ll get too into the weeds and too into the debate, because I’m so passionate about it.” – Travis Kalanick

9. “The entrepreneur community, there’s a certain kind of founder, they call them a ‘lone wolf.’ I probably fit in that category.” – Travis Kalanick

10. “What we maybe should’ve realized sooner was that we are running a political campaign and the candidate is Uber.” – Travis Kalanick

11. “We’re totally legal, like totally legal, and the government is telling us to shut down. And you can either do what they say or you can fight for what you believe.” – Travis Kalanick

12. “It was a big momentum deal, so when the bottom comes out from under it, you have to go back to the well and start the whole thing.” – Travis Kalanick

13. “Some city-council people are really awesome, but most are uninspired. I meet with them as little as possible.” – Travis Kalanick

14. “If you don’t agree with the core principles, which are the premise of that compromise, then you have to have what I call principled confrontation. And so that is the thing that we do that I think can rub some people the wrong way.” – Travis Kalanick

15. “You want supply to always be full, and you use price to basically either bring more supply on or get more supply off, or get more demand in the system or get some demand out. It’s classic Econ 101.” – Travis Kalanick

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16. “I have a list of the hardest, most challenging problems that our company needs to solve and I start at the top and work my way down. And I have a list of the coolest most fascinating things that we can invent and I start at the top of the list and I work my way down.” – Travis Kalanick

17. “We have two turbines in our company: One is engineering, and the other is operations. And so our business people are on equal footing with our engineering and technology culture. Cars are moving because of what we do, so there’s an imperative to go beyond just the technology.” – Travis Kalanick

18. “If we can get you a car in five minutes, we can get you anything in five minutes.” – Travis Kalanick


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