Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber
A New York Times technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time.
In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world,...more
The writing is horribly self-congratulatory (“there was a New York Times reporter involved. That reporter wa ...more
Because of the interconnected (almost incestual) nature of Silicon Valley, this tale of Uber takes you on an insider journey into the startup world, touching upon other products aside from Uber and unveiling some of the key people that shaped our current tech world.
Perfectly cadenced, engaging, meticulously researched, and written in laymen’s terms I couldn’t put this book down and finished in one sitting.
I worked at Uber in SF beginning in 2015, and at a high level the events in the book that I experienced (Vegas off-site, China market) were fairly accurate portrayals of what actually happened.
The biggest disappointment with the book was not whether or not events actually happened or not, but that it never really dug into the psyche of any of the main characters, likely because the author has never successfully managed to interview any of them o ...more
Super Pumped is methodically researched and compelling. It confirms what we've always suspected: that Travis Kalanick and his cronies are insufferable douchebags. This is a conclusion yielded by the facts of the story, not by the author's writing, which is a surprisingly balanced account. After everything Kalanick does in the name of "winning," it's satisfying to see him pushed out of his own compan ...more
However, I do really like that this book didn't seem to have too much of an agenda. It praised the company for what it had ...more
More to the point, the book brings ...more
BUT it's still a compelling read. It's just that this is the first book I've read where I really thought someone could have benefited from a better editor.
I think what really struck me so many times in reading this is that Uber could have solved so many problems (like the China fraud problem) if maybe they had just tried to collabor ...more
If you liked Bad Blood you are probably going to like this one as well.
Listening to the audiobook I couldn't stop thinking about how similar parts of Uber's story are to late USSR (i know it's a fringe comparison, but I can't help myself)
Both h ...more
The part of the story I didn’t know was the role of Arianna Huffington. Through her role on the board, she and Kalanick grew close. She flew to be at his side after his parents’ tragic accident and was his close ...more
Both books show the dangerous results of the recent firesale on venture capital: companies run by megalomaniacs who blatantly disregard the rules. Isaac dia ...more
Fascinating to absorb the details of a story that I thought I knew. I knew that the leadership was arrogant and entitled... but I didn't know how bad it got. The libertarian fantasy world Travis and his crew created could only be sustained in an Ayn Rand novel.
At some point he would have to follow the laws that everyone else has to follow... and it turns out when he wasn't so great at being a leader under those circumstances. His greatest feat tur ...more
Mike Isaac does a wonderful job interleaving so many twisted threads - it truly reads like a thriller instead of a corporate biography.
The jacket cover compares it to 'The Everything Store' and 'Bad Blood' ...more