“You have to be a fighter, you have to be a warrior, and if not, you should go do something that is a little less disruptive. I’m bringing it, I’m not sleeping. If the other guy is sleeping, I am going to kick his ass.”
-Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO
We hear a lot of pitches here at StartupMinds, and lately a lot of them have included some sort of reference to Uber. VC’s and entrepreneurs would be foolish not to liken their products/services to this unique brand of startup. Uber has done more than disrupt the once narcoleptic transportation industry; they have truly revolutionized smartphone economics.
The truth is however, there is only one Uber, and its LA branch is one of the company’s fastest growing markets. In a town where everyone likes to feel fancy, Uber’s town-car and SUV service has caught on like wildfire. Forget the sleek vehicles and courteous drivers. You had us at free water and candy.
The ever-expanding company hasn’t flinched in the face of regulatory issues and the rise of seemingly stiff competition. We watched as the company’s badass CEO Travis Kalanick delivered a clear message to the audience at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier this month: Get out of Uber’s way, or they will run you over. Literally.
Our team caught up with LA’s Community Manager Cat Sampson, and like the majority of Uberites, she is a force to be reckoned with.