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Travis Kalanick

Co-Founder and CEO, Uber Technologies

"A conversation with Uber Co-Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick"

Uber Technologies Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick disrupted tradition at the December 1 meeting of the Boston College Chief Executives Club. Rather than delivering prepared remarks for about 20 minutes from behind a podium, the serial entrepreneur sat down for an open-ended question and answer session with Alex von Tobel, founder and chief executive officer of LearnVest. The two talked about the red-hot success of the ride-hailing service, which is currently valued at $6 billion and has a presence in more than 300 cities, as well as Uber’s future. “We believe in making cities better,” said Kalanick. He predicts that Uber and its new shared-ride option, uberPOOL, will have a “huge impact on congestion,” and further the company’s aim to provide “transportation as reliable as running water everywhere for everyone…a reliable way to get around your city without ever having to own a car.” John Harthorne, founder and chief executive officer of MassChallenge, introduced Kalanick.

TAKEAWAYS

"We feel very good about where our background checks are, and feel that they’re more robust than most anything that’s going on out there. Fingerprints are a particularly interesting part of that discussion." TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO »

"But our whole goal is—or maybe our mission is—transportation as reliable as running water everywhere for everyone. So a reliable way to get around your city without ever having to own a car." TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO »

"Uber’s growth [scaling up so quickly in five years] has been astronomical." TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO »

PRESS COVERAGE

beta Boston "Uber CEO says fingerprint-based background checks can be 'discriminatory'" ARTICLE »

Boston Business Journal "Uber CEO on the future of traffic in Boston and seven other takeaways from his speech" ARTICLE »

Boston Business Journal "Uber CEO disrupts an old-guard business gathering in Boston" ARTICLE »

Boston.com Business "Uber CEO wants every car to be an Uber car" ARTICLE »

Boston Globe, Business Bold Types "Bob Kraft’s preferred ride" ARTICLE »

​Boston Herald "Uber CEO: No print checks" ARTICLE »

CommonWealth Magazine "Uber CEO touts social responsibility" ARTICLE »

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