Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO – here’s his resume

Published on: 16 June 2017 Last updated: 16 September 2020

Love him or hate him, Travis Kalanick, the now former CEO of Uber, is a leading name in the entrepreneurship field. The ride-sharing company changed every single market rule businesses thought they knew, disrupted a leading industry and became the poster child of the sharing economy. Just think how many times you’ve heard the quote “Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles.” But now Kalanick has resigned and he will be needing a resume to land his next gig – we imagine what this could look like.

Travis Kalanick Resigns as CEO

Late on June 20 news spread that Travis Kalanick is stepping down from the position of CEO. According to The New York Times pressure for this change came from several large investors in Uber who demanded a change in leadership. All of this comes after a long period of scandals and public scrutiny.

To his credit, Kalanick issued a very level statement, saying ““I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight.” The investors in the company, although initiating the CEO break-up, have kind words to say, as well:

A week earlier, the entrepreneur decided to take a leave of absence for an indefinite period of time. His letter stated his need to work on “Travis 2.0”:

Kalanick is the bad boy of entrepreneurs. He is ready to bend laws, find loopholes or outright break rules in order to get ahead of competitors. He’s been known for spearheading a lot of crazy ideas, including identifying individual iPhone users, and geofencing Apple’s headquarters to hide the prohibited practice. These morally dubious moves are a major factor in establishing Uber’s dominant position on the market. Still, a company’s CEO is the leading model employees follow and that has left a mark on Uber. After all, when you know something about Kalanick, it’s not surprising that Uber’s official values include “Meritocracy and Toe-Stepping” and “Principled Confrontation”.

Kalanick’s Resume

We decided to look beyond the controversies Uber faces and focus on Travis Kalanick himself. So here’s what we imagine his resume would look like:

You can argue that his behavior leaves a lot to be desired. But his experience as an entrepreneur shows true business savvy. His entrepreneurial experience started off early – he dropped out of UCLA to found Scour, a search engine and file sharing service. The company saw major success, but got sued by 30 companies for copyright infringement – the sum amounted to $250bn, which Kalanick aptly compared to the gross domestic product of Sweden. To protect the company’s assets, he filed for bankruptcy – a trademark “bending all rules” move which we see in his career time and time again.

When there is a great idea, Kalanick is ready to do what it takes – after founding his second company Red Swoosh, he received no salary as CEO for the first 3 years, before securing a $1.7m investment from Mark Cuban, and eventually selling the company for $18.7m.

Then came Uber and, as they say, everything else is history. Fast Forward to 2017 and the company is present in more than 450 cities, has a valuation of nearly $70bn and is a leading tech disruptor. However, PR crises arise and we’ve seen them handled less than ideally. Recently the company lost 200,000 users – so many that it had to automate its account deletion process for the first time ever!

Still, Kalanick leaving the President’s advisory council and Uber’s internal policy struggles are good first signs of major changes – both for Kalanick The Person and Kalanik The CEO. So even if this leave of absence is just a prelude to a more permanent change in his responsibilities, with a resume like that, who wouldn’t seriously consider hiring you?

Enhancv Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO – here’s his resume

As a form of closing, let me leave you with the best explanation of Kalanick we found during the research for this piece. Mark Cuban said to the New York Times:

Travis’s biggest strength is that he will run through a wall to accomplish his goals. Travis’s biggest weakness is that he will run through a wall to accomplish his goals.

Vassilena Valchanova

A marketing specialist with a passion for digital. Loves finding efficient ways for brands and communities to grow together. Also, a cat-lover, cappuccino addict, early riser and theatre enthusiast.

17 comments on “Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO – here’s his resume
    • Vassilena Valchanova on

      Hi Luis! The resume is using our compact template that works well when you want to add a lot of content on one page.

  1. Lauren Foley on

    I am very disappointed in Enhancv. I regularly use the service and am always very impressed with the friendliness of all the staff that work there but this article and the fact that it was delivered straight to my inbox leave a bad taste in my mouth. The fact that you consistently “look beyond” his behaviour to focus on how great a business man he is is deplorable. He was/is the CEO and his behaviour and leadership is directly reflected in how Uber conducts business. Sexual harassment scandal after sexual harassment scandal says a lot about how Kalanick leads that company and culture and the fact that we are here celebrating his amazing business acumen is shocking and insulting to all the women who had to leave the company as a result of harassment. Very disappointed with this article.

    • Vassilena Valchanova on

      Hi Lauren,

      I think you’re raising some nice points and it’s true Kalanick is a very controversial person. Without a doubt his strive for success at all costs and disregard for the rules has had an impact on the culture of Uber. Come on, they have “Meritocracy and Toe-Stepping” as an official company value!

      BUT what we do at Enhancv is to help people put their best foot forward while also showcasing their personality. And this is why we deemed a resume of “the bad boy of the startup world” to be a nice exercise in this. I imagine if Kalanick does his own resume, he’d put forward his entrepreneurship experience and past successes, while also featuring the somewhat dubious “hacks” Uber has done under his rule to move in front of the competition.

      That said, we’re not aiming for this resume to present the full picture – the media articles we’ve cited are doing a much better job at that.

      Who would you like to see us make a resume of? We’d be happy to hear suggestions you deem worthy.

      • Doncho on

        Come on, they have “Meritocracy and Toe-Stepping” as an official company value!

        Well, maybe they’re truly honest about their company and how they do business internally and externally?

        There’re many companies, which embrace Meritocracy and Toe-Stepping as values, but hide behind “great company values and principles”? At least at Uber, they are brutally honest 🙂 ?

        Otherwise, I don’t think I’d work for them. At least not today.

        • Ru-g on

          Yeah n admiration from here. I think the concept is from Airbnb and all credit for innovating Airbnb’s idea other than that not much to praise him that much

      • Cae Silva on

        Just for the sake of comparing, how about Lyft’s CEO Logan Green? There seem to be quite a contrast between both, right?

    • Dr. Blondie on

      You are simply overcomplicating. Enhancv just simply took the opportunity and made a CV of a man who has been one of the most influential business leaders in the world. I did not think for a second that the authors of this article wanted to praise him.

  2. Monirom on

    Lauren Foley is correct. Your users are disappointed. The move made here smacks less of trying to put the candidates best foot forward and more of opportunism. You’re trying to benefit from someone else’s circumstances. Be it the Kalanick, who I’m sure didn’t authorize nor condone the blog post nor the women who were harassed by the culture at Uber.

    It seems as if you skirted the legal use of his likeness by wrapping up this effort in a blog post, therefore qualifying as editorial use. Also citing articles that show you’re aware of Kalanicks run ins with crossing the line, as a way of distancing yourself from his controversies, is akin to saying, “I can’t be racist, some of my best friends are black.”

    It shows a lack of sensitivity and it shows that you’re out of step with your users.


    To answer the question posited earlier in this blog post, “…with a resume like that, who wouldn’t consider hiring you?” Any company that wants to steer clear of any controversies or liabilities dealing with sexual harassment, any company that respects their female employees, any business that has scruples.

    Maybe aligning your brand with a controversial disruptor would be more forward thinking if the rules were bent versus broken. In case you need a refresher, Business Insider just recapped the Uber 2017 year thus far, it is not flattering.

  3. Ankush Gambhir on

    Nice read, thanks for posting Vassilena. How did you manage to gather so much on Travis book of life captured in resume snapshot. Interesting to know however.

    • Vassilena Valchanova on

      Hi Ankush!

      It’s actually a team effort of the whole marketing team here. We always try to do rigorous research when we’re preparing that kind of popular resume examples. We read up on the person quite a lot – so that we not only get the facts right, but also feel the style of the person and try to imagine how they’d write up their own resume.


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