Before Travis Kalanick’s startup Uber was valued at $70 billion, he took 13 steps

You are surely familiar with Uber’s founder, Travis Kalanick.


His inspiring narrative is given here in brevity:


  1. Before he turned 18, he was a door-to-door salesperson for Cutco knives.


  1. Opens his first company, New Way Academy, at the age of 18. Failed.


  1. Travis enrolled in UCLA to study computer engineering after graduating from high school.


  1. In 1998, Travis left college and became one of the company’s first workers at Scour, a service akin to Napster.


  1. Scour submitted a bankruptcy petition in 2000.


  1. In 2001, Travis founded Red Swoosh with the assistance of Scour’s previous engineering group (similar to Scour).

But he managed to stay out of litigation alleging copyright violation.


  1. In 2005, Mark Cuban helped him raise $1.7 million.


  1. For $18 million, Akamai Technologies purchased Red Swoosh in 2007.


  1. He started making startup investments in 2007 or 2008.


  1. In 2008, during the LeWeb conference, he learned about Garrett Camp’s concept for a limo timeshare business (cofounder of StumbleUpon).


  1. Founded Uber with Garrett Camp in March 2009.


  1. 2009 became the year of the first international litigation, protests, and failed attempts.


  1. Uber is valued at $70 billion as of 2017.



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