WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Meet Uber's first 12 employees

Five years ago this week, a tiny startup called Uber was founded.

Fast forward to today, and Uber has more than 3,000 employees worldwide. Uber is rumoured to be worth as much as $US50 billion, making it the most valuable private tech company in the world.

But where are Uber’s earliest employees today?

Many still work at Uber. Others have left to pursue other startups and startup-related ventures.

Oscar Salazar

Employed by Uber from: 2009 to 2011

Position at Uber: CTO, third cofounder

Where he is now: Salazar was Uber's founding CTO and third cofounder alongside Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick. Salazar and Camp attended business school together; the pair built Uber's first prototype with another school friend, Conrad Whelan. Salazar departed the company amicably soon after it launched. Now, Salazar is the chief product and technology officer at Ride, a logistics startup that's focused solely on commuters and carpooling.

Austin Geidt

Employed by Uber from: 2010 to present

Position at Uber: Head of Global Expansion and Head of Process

Where she is now: Geidt started at Uber as an overdressed intern and employee number 4, and says she struggled for the first months. At first, her job wasn't well-defined, and saw her moving from handing out flyers to cold passersby to cold-calling drivers. She also took customer service calls at 3 in the morning. But now she heads up Uber's global expansion, which has spread to over 300 markets and 56 countries.

Curtis Chambers

Employed by Uber from: 2010 to present

Position at Uber: Director of Engineering

Where he is now: Before Uber, Chambers helped build Expensify, the popular online expense reports startup, as well as contributing to open-source Drupal and Django. He's stayed as the Director of Engineering since he came to Uber, though on LinkedIn he describes himself as Uber's 'secret weapon.'

Ryan Graves

Employed by Uber from: 2010 to present

Position at Uber: CEO, general manager

Where he is now: Graves previously worked as a database administrator position at General Electric before landing a stint at Foursquare that he acquired by working for them for free after the company initially turned him down. He tweeted at Travis Kalanick, looking for a job, and the rest is history. Five years later, Ryan Graves is still with Uber. Now, he's head of global operations.

Garrett Camp

Employed by Uber from: 2009 to present

Position at Uber: Co-founder

Where he is now: After co-founding Uber with Travis Kalanick, Garrett Camp created his own startup studio called Expa. Today, Expa works with founders to help them build and grow their own companies. Camp is now Uber's chairman and advisor. The restaurant reservation app Reserve was launched from Expa, raising $US15 million.

Jordan Bonnet

Employed by Uber from: 2010 to present

Position at Uber: Senior Engineer

Where he is now: Bonnet was the third engineer to join Uber and the first mobile (both iOS and Android) engineer. He's worked on various launches including Uber + Spotify.

Domenic Narducci

Employed by Uber from: 2011 to present

Position at Uber: Software Engineer

Where he is now: Narducci joined Uber as an intern back when it was still UberCab.com -- before San Francisco forced the name change. Since then he's moved around between different teams, and is currently the lead tech on the driver technology platform under the mobile team.

Scott Munro

Employed by Uber from: 2011 to present

Position at Uber: Technical Program Manager - Realtime platform

Where he is now: Munro started his career as a banking analyst, but transitioned to business development with the iOS development service Catappult before starting at Uber. He has moved up in operations as the company has grown works with the engineering team on Uber's dispatch and realtime systems.

Ryan McKillen

Employed by Uber from: 2010 to present

Position at Uber: Software Developer/Engineering lead

Where he is now: McKillen is currently building Uber's new engineering team in New York City, although his Twitter profile still nostalgically shows a cover photo of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

Conrad Whelan

Employed by Uber from: 2010 to present

Position at Uber: Engineering Manager

Where he is now: Whelan was Uber's first engineer and worked on 'everything and the kitchen sink' after moving to San Francisco from his native Calgary, Canada. He built the sign-up flows that allowed Uber to actually have any users. After the Uber launch, he worked on optimising the dispatch algorithms, but now is responsible for building out a full product development team in the Netherlands.

Rachel Holt

Employed by Uber from: 2011 to present

Position at Uber:General Manager, Washington, D.C.

Where she is now: After getting an MBA from Stanford, Holt had decided to move across the country to D.C. to be with her boyfriend (now husband). She answered a job listing to launch Uber in DC and 10 days later after she arrived, Uber did its first DC ride. The market turned out to be one of Uber's most combative, and the first where they had any regulatory issues. But Holt has stayed, continuing as the General Manager for DC.

Travis Kalanick is still Uber's CEO.

Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick arrives at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Employed by Uber from: 2009 to present

Position at Uber: CEO, co-founder

Where he is now: Five years after Uber's launch in San Francisco, Kalanick is still at the company he helped found. Today, he's worth $US5.3 billion.

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.

Tagged In

features sai-us uber