TRAVIS KALAN­ICK

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Be­fore he be­came pub­lic en­emy num­ber one among London’s black-cab driv­ers, Travis Kalan­ick launched Uber in San Francisco in 2010. It’s an app that al­lows you to book a cab and watch it ar­rive on a map. In four years it’s taken over the world, like a con­ve­nient four-wheeled virus that runs at very

af­ford­able rates. And it’s not just for taxis now ei­ther. There’s Uber Ice Cream, which al­lows

you to sum­mon a 99 just like a cab, plus Uber Chopper: an on-de­mand chauf­feur-flown he­li­copter ser­vice from New York City to the Hamp­tons at the far end of Long Is­land. Uber now op­er­ates in over 200 ci­ties around the world, and while not ev­ery­one is happy to see them (those afore­men­tioned cab­bies for one), it’s a company

drag­ging an age-old in­dus­try into the fu­ture.

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