I believe Travis Kalanick is the new Steve Jobs. Jobs was infamous for framing his competitors as villains in well-told stories and campaigns. Kalanick does the same thing.
I love how he describes the taxi industry (because they totally deserve to be called out for the shoddy service they provide at ridiculous prices):
“We have to bring out the truth about how dark and dangerous and evil the taxi side is.” — Travis Kalanick
Not only is Kalanick good at bringing villains to light, but he’s also fantastic at negotiating — another reason he wins all the time.
“Stand by your principles and be comfortable with confrontation. So few people are, so when the people with the red tape come, it becomes a negotiation.” — Travis Kalanick
But it’s this quote by him that makes me believe he uses good judgement to make decisions and that he’s genuinely doing what he believes he has to in order to win.
On Ayn Rand and “Atlas Shrugged”: “I like the book. Do you have a problem with that? … I just think it’s a great story of somebody who stood up for what they believe in.”
Here’s some forward-thinking pieces by Kalanick, if you’d like to get know him a bit better.