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|Education||University of Calgary|
|Occupation||Founder at Expa, Founder & Chairman at Uber, Founder & Chairman at StumbleUpon, Entrepreneur, Investor/Advisor|
|Known for||Innovation, Entrepreneurship|
Garrett has spent the last decade creating new products. While in graduate school in 2002 Garrett co-founded StumbleUpon, the web-discovery platform he grew to over 25 million registered users as its founding CEO. In 2009 Garrett founded Uber, the first on-demand car service available via a mobile application, now operating in 35 cities across the US and internationally. Garrett serves as Chairman for both StumbleUpon and Uber. In April 2013, Garrett created Expa as a new platform for his future companies, applying the lessons he learned toward a couple new projects at a time.
Garrett formed Expa in 2013, integrating his ten years of startup experience into a system for building new companies. Expa develops new products, systems & services, and then forms teams to scale them as independent entities. Expa also advises select startups on strategy, product design and user experience.
Uber (company) is an on-demand car service available via a mobile application. Garrett initially founded Uber as UberCab in early-2009 while he was CEO of StumbleUpon, and self-funded the seed round of $250K. In mid-2009 Garrett designed and developed the first prototype with his founding team including Travis Kalanick (now CEO), Ryan Graves (now Head of Operations), Oscar Salazar (now Advisor), and Conrad Whelan (now Systems Engineer). Uber launched in San Francisco in mid-2010 with just a few cars on the road and in late-2010 raised $1.25M in angel funding. Uber’s motto is “Everyone’s Private Driver” and in mid-2012 launched UberX and Uber SUV to offer customers low-cost options and more vehicle choices. In late-2012 Uber launched UberTAXI, allowing taxi drivers to use the application with taxi-like fares for customers, and in early-2013 CEO Travis Kalanick announced that Uber will begin offering a ride-sharing service, allowing community drivers to use the application.
Uber was listed in Forbes Top 10 Companies of 2012, and was ranked #6 in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2013. Uber is based in San Francisco and rapidly expanding in the US and internationally, offering service in over 35 cities worldwide. Travis Kalanick reported to The Wall Street Journal in January 2013 that he expects the company to grow to 800 employees by end of 2013.
StumbleUpon is the first web-discovery platform and personalized recommendation engine, co-founded by Garrett in 2002. In 2006 StumbleUpon relocated to San Francisco upon receiving its first round of funding from Silicon Valley angels. In 2007 StumbleUpon was acquired by eBay for $75M and later spun-out in 2009, becoming an independent company again. Garrett grew the company to over 100 employees and over 25 million registered users as its founding CEO before stepping down in mid-2012 to work on other ventures. StumbleUpon has been listed in TIME's 50 Best Websites and most recently in TIME’s 50 Must-Have iPad Apps.
BlackJet is the first on-demand private jet ridesharing service available via a mobile application. Garrett joined BlackJet in late-2012 as lead investor and advisor during the relaunch of BlackJet, formally known as GreenJets, co-founded by Dean Rotchin and Joseph Grimes in Palm Beach, Florida in 2009. GreenJets was initially identified in 2011 by Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, now Executive Chairman of BlackJet. Garrett is a BlackJet board member and advises on product strategy and design.
Garrett occasionally invests in and advises new startups. His portfolio companies include: Prism Skylabs, a video-analytics platform founded by Stephen Russell; SoundTracking, a music sharing application co-founded by Steve Jang of Schematic Labs; WillCall, a live music ticket-buying application; and PSDept, a personal shopping application. Garrett was also a Series-A investor in Behance, a network for creative professionals founded by Scott Belsky, prior to its acquisition by Adobe in 2012.
Awards & Honors
Garrett was named to the TR35 List of Top Innovators under the age of 35 at Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT in 2007. In 2008 Garrett was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of Tech’s Best Young Entrepreneurs. Most recently Garrett was honored at the 2013 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards for his accomplishments at both StumbleUpon and Uber.
Speaking Engagements & Interviews
Garrett has been a speaker at conferences such as Wireless Influencers and SXSW, and was a judge and panel member at DEMO Mobile 2013 in San Francisco. Garrett participated in the World Economic Forum in New York, the PARC Forum Going Beyond Web 2.0 Series, and the Young Leaders of Silicon Valley hosted by VLAB, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Garrett has been interviewed by notable trade magazines, newspapers and publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, BBC News, Inc. Magazine, PRWeek, and AllThingsD. Most recently Garrett was featured on Monocle’s Entrepreneurs live radio show.
Garrett completed his undergrad in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Software Engineering at the University of Calgary where he researched collaborative systems, evolutionary algorithms and information retrieval.
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