|Born||Los Angeles, California|
|Known for||Founder & CEO at Uber|
Early life and education
In 1998, with classmates from UCLA, Kalanick founded Scour Inc., a multimedia search engine, and Scour Exchange, a peer-to-peer file-exchange service. In 2000, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) brought a lawsuit against Scour, alleging copyright infringement. In September of that year Scour filed for bankruptcy to protect itself from the lawsuit.
In 2001, with Scour's engineering team, Kalanick started a new company called Red Swoosh, another peer-to-peer file-sharing company. Red Swoosh software took advantage of increased bandwidth efficiency on the Internet to allow users to transfer and trade large media files, including music files and videos. In 2007, Akamai Technologies acquired the company for $15 million.
In 2009, along with Garrett Camp, Kalanick founded Uber, a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services. Uber operates in more than fifteen American cities. Uber faced some controversy  in some cities in North America, like Washington DC Chicago, Toronto, and NYC.  Travis Kalanick claims and defends the rights of operation of his company against regulators. The company faces fierce competition from similar services and 'clone companies' in cities like London.
He speaks at conferences and business events, including Tech Crunch, Tech Cocktail, and LeWeb. Kalanick is a polarizing figure. He's frequently described as both "awesome" and a jerk. "Sometimes," one acquaintance said of Kalanick, "--holes create great businesses."
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