Kalanick in October 2014
|Born||Travis Cordell Kalanick
August 6, 1976
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Residence||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Known for||Founder & CEO of Uber|
|Net worth||US$6.0 billion (August 2015)|
Donald Edward Kalanick
Early life and education
Kalanick was born on August 6, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. He lived in Northridge, California, where he graduated from Granada Hills High School and later enrolled in college at the University of California, Los Angeles, to study computer engineering. His mother, Bonnie, worked in retail advertising for the Los Angeles Daily News, and his father, Donald, was a civil engineer for the city of Los Angeles. His father Donald E. Kalanick's family is Catholic with Czech and Austrian roots.[not in citation given] He has two half-sisters and his brother Cory is a firefighter.
In 1998, Travis Kalanick dropped out of UCLA with some of his classmates to found Scour Inc., a multimedia search engine, and Scour Exchange, a Peer-to-peer file sharing 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 $19 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 58 countries and in more than 300 cities around the world. Uber faced some controversy  in some cities in North America, like Washington DC, Chicago, Toronto, and New York City. The company faces fierce competition from similar services and "clone companies" in cities like London. In November 2014, Kalanick faced criticism for creating a "win at all costs" culture in his Uber organization. Public relations problems the firm faced included Kalanick's comments to GQ about how easy it is for him to attract women now, concern about his blasé attitude regarding safety issues for female customers, and his toleration of executive Emil Michael, who recommended creating a large budget to smear critics. While Kalanick apologized for Michael's remarks, he did not censure him severely enough to appease some critics.
As of 2015, Kalanick is dating Gabi Holzwarth, whom he met at a party hosted by Shervin Pishevar. Holzwarth is a violinist, Huffington Post writer, and has worked as a product intern at Shyp. Holzwarth was discovered by Pishevar while she was playing the violin outside a Trader Joe's. Holzwarth credits her relationship with Kalanick, and his very supportive nature, with saving her life as she battled with anxiety and eating disorders. Holzwarth rose into the limelight when comedian T. J. Miller made disparaging jokes about her (including calling her a bitch) at the Crunchies Award ceremony in February 2015.
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