This Guy is apparently not the best person

Nowadays, we've all heard of it: Uber. A do-it-yourself taxi service that every twenty-something far and wide is becoming to see as their literal ride or die.

The company was originally founded as "UberCab" by Garrett Camp, the founder of StumbleUpon, and Travis Kalanick in 2009, down in sunny San Francisco. Uber was Kalanick's third attempt at starting up a company, his previous beingĀ Scour and Red Swoosh. ScourĀ filed for bankruptcy to avoid a lawsuit, and Red Swoosh was bought out by another company, leaving Kalanick with enough money to join up with Garrett Camp and create Uber. Camp, a fellow millionaire, thought of Uber after mulling over how to bring down the price of his $800 private driver service. He ended up asking some other Silicon Valley elites to split the cost with him, and upon realizing how affordable driving services could be when shared with others, thought up Uber. Initially, the company had to overcome its lack of funding to really get going, so the founders invested $200,000 in seed money to get the ball rolling. By the end of 2011, Uber had raised $44.5 million in funding. It targeted a millennial demographic and offered a quick and easy alternative to public transportation or cab services, setting it apart from other companies at the time and paving the way to success. While business was bangin' for awhile, things began to go downhill.

While Uber is still up and running, it is already beginning to form a legacy, and a bad one at that. Travis Kalanick's ego and bad attitude have been brought up so often and so strongly that even its most loyal customers are beginning to notice, employees have been bringing attention to their terrible treatment and almost criminal pay, Uber's self-serving terms and conditions have been brought under suspicion (rightfully, they're terrible), and the safety of the passengers themselves has been proven to be almost entirely up to the driver with how light Uber's checks are on who works for them. While competitors like Lyft rise to the occasion for a better alternative for Uber, Kalanick continues to respond with a brashness and arrogance that only a CEO can have, but lately, even that hasn't been enough to excuse him from being a jerk; the public is catching on.

So, while Kalanick has been extremely successful in life so far, he definitely still has a long way to go when it comes to acting like a decent human being. I admire his business prowess and all that he's managed to do, but I'll be using Lyft from now on.


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