TRAVIS KALANICK QUOTES

"I think the stress will kill me. I think it will be the stress."
Travis Kalanick
Travis Kalanick
Entrepreneur

Quotes on Business:

At Uber, we say, ‘Always be hustling.’ Even if you are an introvert and you haven’t got hustle nok in you, you better get a co-founder who does. And if you haven’t got enough hustle to find a co-founder who’s got hustle, it’s going to be tough. You’ve got to have a little hustle in you.
Based on my experience, I would say that rather than taking lessons in how to become an entrepreneur, you should jump into the pool and start swimming.
Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and, quite honestly, to Uber’s.
If there was a mobility service that’s cheaper than owning a car, more reliable, and you get to sit in the back seat instead of being stressed out in the front seat, why would you own a car?
Think of a world where there is no ride-sharing; people are driving themselves to work. You now have 30 people being served by 30 cars. Those 30 cars are only served 4% of the day; 96% of the day, they’re stored somewhere.. Around 20% to 30% of our land is taken up just storing these hunks of metal that we drive around in for 4% of the day.
I think that’s where the world is going. People will not own cars; they’ll have a service that takes them where they want to go, when they want to go there. And that’s what Uber is.
If Uber wants to catch up to Google and be the leader in autonomy, we have to have the best minds. We have to have all the great minds.
I used to be a computer engineer, and I can make really good code, and we can make systems that work really well, and we can make the application a great experience, but when you have to translate bits to atoms, you need folks who are used to working with city governments, with state governments, and so I like to say we’re in a political campaign.
I’m a passionate entrepreneur. I’m like fire and brimstone sometimes. And so there are times when l’ll go – l’ll get too into the weeds and too into the debate, because l’m so passionate about it.
In China, the government is involved in business in many different ways. They’re involved in media and business. When you go to China, you have to rethink how you’re doing everything. You have to become Chinese.
I was the straight-A student but sort of a little bit of debating my parents all the time, trying to find when they weren’t logically correct.
You have to find ways to find that center, to find that balance, to find sanity, because again, we are getting bigger, and people look at us that way. We have to find that new balance.
If you’re not tough enough, you don’t get gritty, you don’t hold onto your position; there are enough forces out there that will take you out. So the guy that are left as CEOs are the guys that should be CEOs.

"As an entrepreneur, I try to push the limits. Pedal to the metal.”

Quotes on Entrepreneur Success:

It’s not just about building for your city or country but, now is the time when innovation is going global.
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.
At the end of the day you still have to make something people want. You have find a way to produce it. You have to find a way to distribute it.
It’s a lie to yourself and everyone around you. … If you feel like you need to fake it, then you should check yourself.
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.
We have this culture valued at Uber, which we call the champions’ mind-set. And champions’ mind-set isn’t always about winning. It’s about putting everything you have on the field, every ounce of passion and energy you have. And if you get knocked down, overcoming adversity.
At Uber, we say, ‘Always be hustling.’ Even if you are an introvert and you haven’t got hustle in you, you better get a co-founder who does. And if you haven’t got enough hustle to find a co-founder who’s got hustle, it’s going to be tough. You’ve got to have a little hustle in you.
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.
What I like to say when you get into something that feels like a bubble or, at least, feels irrational is that you still want to build a company that has a strong discipline, business-building culture.

About

TRAVIS KALANICK

Travis Kalanick, an American businessman, is the co-founder and former CEO of Uber, a position he held from 2010 to 2017.

Kalanick was a computer engineering and business economics graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1998, along with Michael Todd and Vince Busam, Kalanick dropped out of UCLA to help Dan Rodrigues found Scour Inc., a multimedia search engine, and Scour Exchange, a peer-to-peer file sharing service.

In 2001, with Michael Todd, Kalanick founded Red Swoosh, a peer-to-peer file-sharing company. In 2009, Kalanick joined Garrett Camp and founded Uber. Kalanick, who came on board of Uber as a “mega advisor” to the company succeeded Ryan Graves as CEO in October 2010.

Currently, Kalanick has started a venture fund named as ten one hundred (10100) that focuses on job growth. The fund tackles large scale employment opportunities by investing in e-commerce, innovation, and real estate in emerging markets like China and India.

Also, Kalanick serves as an advisor for Neom, Saudi Arabia’s plan to build a mega-city in the desert.