Travis Kalanick is the CEO of Uber and co-founder of peer-to-peer file-sharing company, Red Swoosh.
Kalanick dropped out of UCLA in 1998 to found Scour Inc., a multimedia search engine, and Scour Exchange, a peer-to-peer file-exchange service. Though Scour ended up filing for bankruptcy in 2000, Kalanick started a new company, Red Swoosh, with Scour’s engineering team in 2001. Red Swoosh software took advantage of increased bandwidth efficiency on the Internet to allow users to transfer and trade large media files, including music and video files. Akami Technologies acquired Red Swoosh for $19 million in 2007.
In 2009, Kalanick founded Uber with Garrett Camp. Uber is a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services. Though Uber has faced controversy in Germany and in certain U.S. cities, it still operates in more than 100 cities around the world.