Travis Kalanick: Uber-capitalist who wants to have the world in the back of his cabs | Observer profile

Travis Kalanick: Uber-capitalist who wants to have the world in the back of his cabs | Observer profile
His confrontational business approach has provoked a ban in Delhi, protest in Paris and a PR disaster in Sydney, but the meter on his Uber cab app is at £25bn and shows no sign of slowing down

Pity the put-upon urban dweller with a conscience. If it isn’t enough that he or she has to worry about carbon emissions, social inequality, non-taxpaying coffee chains and any number of other ethical concerns, there is now the added guilt of using Uber, the smartphone app for hailing cabs.

The global transport revolution that the San Francisco-based company has initiated suffered a difficult time last week. In Delhi, Uber was ordered to stop operations after one of its drivers was arrested for allegedly raping a female customer. As a consequence, the company has finally committed to vetting cab drivers in countries that do not legally enforce background checks.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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