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Travis Kalanick Quotes

Travis Cordell Kalanick

Travis Kalanick quotes: Mr. Uber, lookin’ good enough to get kidnapped (up there), sounds off.

Do what you love.  Whatever you do, you have to enjoy the ride.”

“Stand out.  The one who follows the crowd never gets ahead of the crowd.”

“Forget about what others think.  Go against the grain, be resilient, even if everyone thinks you are crazy.”

“You have to be willing to stand up for what you believe in, and the rule of law is one of those things.”

“Grit your teeth and claw your way to success.  There’s just no easy way to do it.”

“Think big.  It’s not just about building for your city or country but, now is the time when innovation is going global.”

“Acknowledging mistakes and learning from them are the first steps.”

“Face your fears.  Fear is the disease.  Hustle is the antidote.  Whatever it is that you’re afraid of, go after it.”

“Based on my experience, I would say that rather than taking lessons in how to become an entrepreneur, you should jump into the pool and start swimming.”

“Push your limits.  As an entrepreneur, I try to push the limits.  Pedal to the metal.  Push to be a better entrepreneur.”

“If you bring that scrappy fierceness with you it works until you get big, when really pushing all the way really feels uncomfortable.  When you’re the little guy that’s lauded, that’s heroic.”

“Always think ahead.  You won’t be a good entrepreneur if you are satisfied after solving one problem.  There are always bigger challenges.”

“Hustle.  Best way to create a connection with customers is to learn to hustle and tell a good story.”

“Sales solve all problems.  Hustle solves all problems.”

“We always find a way to learn and to get better.”

“Hold your ground.  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.”

“Listen to the people.  At the end of the day, you still have to make something people want.  You have to find a way to produce it.  You have to find a way to distribute it.”

“I call it dark energy.  If you are unreliable, customers just disappear.”

“You have the ability to shake things up.  The ones who chart their own territories have the chance to do something disruptive.”

“Don’t fake it ‘til you make it.  It’s a lie to yourself and everyone around you.  If you feel like you need to fake it, then you should check yourself.”

“Imagine if you put many, many years of your life into something and were passionate about it, and you spent every waking moment putting love into it and trying to make it better, and people didn’t understand that.  You’d want them to.”

“If you’re operating from strong principles, you can compromise when the person on the other side is operating from principles you respect.”

“If you don’t agree with the core principles, which are the premise of that compromise, then you have to have what I call principled confrontation.  And so that is the thing that we do that I think can rub some people the wrong way.”

“When you are talking about, ‘I will lose my sanity for real,’ that’s when it’s time to move on.”

“Know what’s right, fight for it, don’t be a jerk.  If it means progress, it’s the right thing to fight for.”

“Ultimately, progress and innovation win.”

“There is a core independence and dignity you get when you control your own time.”

“When people start to perceive you as the big guy, you’re not allowed to be scrappy, fierce.”

“If I try to solve everything for all people all at once, I’m going to fail at everything.  But if I solve something and I do it well then I discover a little bit bigger area, then a little bit bigger area, then a little bit bigger area, then a little bit bigger area then the whole place – then I’ve done one thing focused and solved a real problem that inspires.”

“Every problem has a solution; you just have to be creative enough to find it.”

“Competition is fun.”

“Keep the competitive leads warm, get your deal oversubscribed, because until your deal is done, it’s just a nice fantasy in your head.”

“I got really good at negotiating from a place of weakness.”

“You can bend reality, but you cannot break it.”

“I really love numbers.”

“I prefer building rather than fundraising.”

“A regulator is supposed to create and enforce a standard.”

“Sports uplift us.  It’s celebratory, gives us optimism and joy.”

“In a lot of ways, it’s not the money that allows you to do new things.  It’s the growth and the ability to find things that people want and to use your creativity to target those.”

“If you are focused on profits right out of the gate, you’re gonna have the smallest profitable business that has ever been seen.”

“A lot of the entrepreneurs today are much smarter than we were back in the day.  They’re like way smarter.  You know, they’ve got blogs; they know what VCs are doing.  They know everything that is going on in the space.  Whereas back then there was no such thing as a blog.”

“Uber is efficiency with elegance on top.  That’s why I buy an iPhone instead of an average cell phone, why I go to a nice restaurant and pay a little bit more.  It’s for the experience.”

“Uber is a global business.  We don’t think just in terms of the U.S.”

“You want supply to always be full, and you use price to basically either bring more supply on or get more supply off, or get more demand in the system or get some demand out.  There’s a harsh reality to situations where demand outstrips supply.”

“We have this culture valued at Uber, which we call the ‘champion’s mindset.’  And champion’s mindset isn’t always about winning.  It’s about putting everything you have on the field, every ounce of passion and energy you have.  And if you get knocked down, overcoming adversity.”

“Ultimately, all rules have to bend towards people and progress.”

“What I’ve learned as we’ve gotten bigger is that it’s really, really important for us to take all the opportunities to tell our story, because as we grow and have a bigger impact on cities, if we don’t tell our story, somebody else will.”

“I believe in creating a workplace where a deep sense of justice underpins everything we do.”

“Imagine if we could create the most just workplace in the world.  We would naturally be a magnet for all the great minds out there.”

“I wake up in the morning with a list of problems, and I go solve them.”

“The way I try to simplify my job is that I have two lists – I have a list of all the crazy, interesting problems that I get to solve every day or that need to be solved, and I have a crazy list of things I’d like to invent.  And I kind of just prioritize them and work my way down, and try to simplify what I do when managing a big company.”

“I’m an engineer by trade, and what engineers do is they go and build, and they don’t think a lot about storytelling.”

“I was the straight-A student but sort of a little bit of debating my parents all the time, trying to find when they weren’t logically correct.”

“I’m a passionate entrepreneur.  I’m like fire and brimstone sometimes.  And so there are times when I’ll go – I’ll get too into the weeds and too into the debate, because I’m so passionate about it.”

“At Uber, we say, ‘Always be hustling.’  Even if you are an introvert and you haven’t got hustle in you, you better get a co-founder who does.  And if you haven’t got enough hustle to find a co-founder who’s got hustle, it’s going to be tough.  You’ve got to have a little hustle in you.”

“My politics are: I’m a trustbuster.  Very focused.  And yeah, I’m pro-efficiency.  I want the most economic activity at the lowest price possible.  It’s good for everybody; it’s not red or blue.”

“[On myself as a founder] The entrepreneur community, there’s a certain kind of founder, they call them a ‘lone wolf.’  I probably fit in that category.”

“I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 18.  I started a company with a bunch of buddies that got funded in my senior year, and that’s when I finished school.”

“[On failure] It’s a big momentum deal, so when the bottom comes out from under it, you have to go back to the well and start the whole thing [over again].”

“In my first startup, I didn’t get any salary for four years, so I had to move back with my parents.”

“It was a privilege to meet Rev. Jackson… and I learned a tremendous amount from his insight.”

“If you get stuck too much with the way you want the world to be, you will find that the world passes you by.”

“Every day, I get a little smarter.”

“There’s probably some misunderstanding of who I am and how I roll.”

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does pay for therapy.”

Cory Johnson: CEO of a business he has yet to launch. As seen on your mom’s phone. Scaled to 7-figures in seven seconds selling a course on selling courses. Kidding. Watch this.