Uber – how the revolution started
Since its inception in 2009, Uber has been one of the most innovative and disruptive companies in the world. With a simple tap of a button on your smartphone, you can have a safe, reliable ride at your fingertips within minutes. In just over 7 years, Uber has expanded to over 450 cities in 65 countries and is valued at over $60 billion. But how did this all come about?
Uber was founded by two entrepreneurs, Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick. They had both recently sold their previous startups (Stumbleupon and RedSwoosh respectively) and were looking for their next big thing. The original idea for Uber came from an experience that Garrett had while trying to hail a cab in Paris during a snowstorm. He ended up spending $800 on a private driver who took him around the city for the day. That’s when he realized there was an opportunity to create a more efficient way to connect people with drivers. And so, Uber was born.
In its early days, Uber was far from the polished product it is today. There were no background checks on drivers or insurance protection for riders. This led to some safety concerns but people were still using the service because it was simply much better than hailing a traditional taxi cab. As Uber grew in popularity, so did the scrutiny from regulators and law enforcement officials. In many cities, taxi cab companies saw Uber as a threat to their business and lobbied hard against them. But again, people loved using Uber because it was just so much easier and more convenient than anything else out there.
So what’s next for Uber? They continue to expand into new markets and further develop their technology platform. They are also working on self-driving cars which could potentially change the entire transportation landscape forever . One things for sure – we can expect more big things from Uber in the years to come!