Five years ago today, a startup called UberCab launched in San Francisco.
Fast forward a few years, and Uber is now one of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley.
As of today, Uber operates in 311 cities in 58 countries, and it’s a global company that could be worth as much as $US50 billion.
But that wasn’t always the case. Uber was the third in a series of startups Kalanick had helped get off the ground and the first that has been truly successful.
This is the story of how Travis Kalanick built Uber’s empire and took the world by storm in five years.
Travis' parents, Don and Bonnie Kalanick, were 'rider zero' when Uber launched in Kalanick's home town, Los Angeles.
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest organised by the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance against ridesharing services Uber and Lyft outside the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards in San Francisco, California February 5, 2015.
Honoree and CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York April 29, 2014.
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