Dispatch From Washington DC: Travis Kalanick Of Uber And Me, By Simon Ateba

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I spend my time here in Washington DC working hard, especially reading books, newspapers or magazines, off and online, either at the Foreign Press Center, or in several libraries across the Washington area, and I read a lot about successful men and women and I can only imagine how hard it could have been for Travis Kalanick, the founder and owner of the $68 billion Uber company to convince investors at the beginning that his little app will change the world.

Just like me building SIMONATEBA.COM and struggling to find investors, I could imagine Mr. Kalanick trying to convince some big boys and girls with plenty cash that math could help Uber disrupt urban transportation worldwide.

I can imagine him when he launched his company in 2010 as a little toy to get around San Francisco with friends, trying to explain to skeptical investors that by 2016, Uber will have a workforce of more than 9000 employees, and 1.5 million drivers and that at that time, more people would be earning a paycheck from Uber than from any other private employer in the world except for Wal-Mart and McDonald’s.

Travis Kalanick, Uber Founder and CEO

I can just imagine how people were laughing at him as he tried to convince them to invest in his company because Uber would be present by 2016 in more than 450 cities across 73 countries, and that in any given month, 40 million people would take an Uber ride and its drivers will collectively cover 1.2 billion miles, or about 35 times the distance between Earth and Mars.

Travis Kalanick (left) Simon Ateba (right)

Believe me, that vision only you will see it! Follow your dream, build something, even if you fail, you would have tried something great.

Simon Ateba is the Publisher of SIMONATEBA.COM. He’s operating from Washington DC, U.S.A.


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