What Uber’s Start Up Story Is – How Garrett Camp And Travis Kalanick Started The Company
There are only a few companies that can blow you away and make you wonder how owning a business can be so cool and awesome. Among such amazing companies include Apple, Tesla, Facebook and Uber. Fortunately, Uber is becoming more and more fascinating and mind-blowing by the day! It’s not only a private chauffeur company, but also a logistics company. Its amazing stunts with flower delivery, ice cream delivery and helicopters on demand is nothing but a pure example of how you can achieve whatever you aim for provided you have the right application for it.
The Start Up Story of Uber – This Is How Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick Started The Company
Uber’s startup story takes us back to 2008 when two of its co-founders were attending LeWeb conference in Paris, France. Not aware that someday they’ll be heading one of the most successful startups ever witnessed, Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick started complaining about the endless number of crappy stuff we have to deal with in life, including finding a cab especially when we have heavy luggage and no taxi to come to our aid. It seemed like Paris’ finest restaurants or The Eiffel Tower weren’t enough to distract these two geniuses from thinking about a brilliant idea. They started brainstorming, thinking about how to solve this global problem of finding a cab at the right place and time. They sought out for a fast and mobile solution, with Jay Leno’s garage being used at the initial spot to pick the rides.
Garrett took the lead and started playing around with several ideas, including prototyping of several solutions as well as engineering a mobile app for iPhone to help those looking for a cab to get around easily. After a short while, Travis joined him and together they worked on what later became Uber. By January 2010, Uber was already rolling black cars in New York city as a way of testing their services. With only a few cars and fewer people being aware about Uber’s startup at the time, the business became an instant hit. It didn’t take long before San Francisco and other major cities joined in, and the rest, as we all know, is history.
Today Uber is among the leading transportation service providers globally. However, it started out with a Series A funding worth $11.5 million and went on to snatch an additional $32 million in the second round funding. As if it couldn’t get any better for them, Uber landed a mega $1.2 billion in its final round of funding. The company is currently valued at $17 billion, and stands tall among the few lifetime success stories we’ve come around.