September 17th, 2014
12:15 PM ET

Uber's mission? 'Transportation as reliable as running water'

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Travis Kalanick – You may not know his name, but you probably are well aware of the company he founded and runs, Uber. The company is a tech darling with an astounding valuation of $18 billion. That company has changed the way people get around cities from Raleigh-Durham to Rio to Riyadh, from Stockholm to Sydney to Seoul.

In all, Uber is in 200 cities in 45 countries on six continents and counting. But not everybody loves Uber or the disruption in the transportation market. Germany, for one, just banned Uber from operating anywhere on its soil. Fareed sat down in Uber's "war room" at its San Francisco headquarters.

Watch the video for Kalanick's explanation of what Uber is trying to achieve.

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  1. chri§§y

    Some people havent gotten passed the horse and buggy days! Not that its a bad thing because they still have good qualities, its just not very practical in this day and age!

    September 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm |
  2. chi1cabby

    All this posturing in media spot light while putting it's Own Drivers in the poor house! Yay! Shared Economy!!
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    September 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
  3. Philip

    Reliable as running water? Prozac was found in London's drinking water back in 2004 along with dozens of other urinated pharmacy products that build-up more year after year in England's drinking water.
    Guess what year urinated Rx drugs began showing up in US city tap water.

    September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      Not trusting @ Philip's SSRIs/water-supply post, I googled it, and he is truthful about the SSRIs. They're there. Not much, but there.
      This says more to me about the amount of SSRIs consumed by patients than it does about how much I may drink without wanting a buzz.

      September 18, 2014 at 7:25 am |
      • Philip

        Imagine if you had been studying the buildup of urinated Rx drugs in the world's waterways for decades. How your mind would be filled with knowledge not found by simply Googling. Rather, by much researching and reading of published books. Even those of fishermen noting GID in fish causes by urinated birth control pills and PBA plastics that are designed to mimic estrogen.

        September 18, 2014 at 10:30 am |
      • banasy©

        Oral contraceptives, too.

        September 18, 2014 at 10:32 am |
      • Philip

        True, @banasy. And PBA rubber used condoms as well.
        And, Yes @Joey. Some 100 million Americans are currently addicted to mind altering drugs known to cause weight gain, brain damage and birth defects/learning disorders. The majority of US doctors and nurses are even addicted to some of these drugs now.
        Within a few years, the majority if voters will be drug addicts. Won't that be fun.

        September 18, 2014 at 11:04 am |
      • banasy©

        I see that while I was writing my post about oral contraceptives, in the interim, Philip posted the very same thing first. Apologies.

        September 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
  4. paint your wagon...

    Remember that awesome song from the Hollywood movie "Paint your Wagon"??? It goes like this...... "Civilization right and civilization left, until there's nothing right and there's nothing left".......... boy, those song writers had it nailed huh??? Right on, Travis Kalanick, the more you "Uber" your pockets with cash, the more poor, hard working, family supporting cab drivers are being forced to hang up their hats....... and starve............. nice!!!!!!! Why don't you figure out a new way to wipe our behinds too, while you're at it........ so that we can put the toilet paper industry out of business also........

    September 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm |
  5. chri§§y

    Wow! Have you ridden in a cab recently? You could almost rent a car for a day for what it cost for a half hour cab ride!

    September 18, 2014 at 12:11 am |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    Cabs are expensive. Food is expensive, unless it is free.. Rent is the same: very expensive or subsidized.
    Did you know that there are busses and subways?
    There are vehicles exclusively for the challenged, also subsidized.

    September 18, 2014 at 6:48 am |
  7. banasy©

    Germany lifted its ban.

    September 18, 2014 at 10:30 am |
    • Philip

      Well, German authorities sure haven't lifted the ban on having that mass grave of Jews exhumed that remain buried under Bayer Pharmaceuticals world headquarters that were built atop an old NAZI BayerAG facility where doktors used Jewish women and children as lab rats developing mind altering drugs that became so popular in the USA after WWII. That's for sure.
      It's the only known mass grave of Jews yet to be exhumed and given decent burials. Even the family of Oskar Schindler have been requesting the German government to allow mass grave to be exhumed.

      September 18, 2014 at 11:17 am |
      • LaBella

        🎶Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
        Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away
        Someday yet, he'll begin his life again
        Life again, life again...

        Are you incapable of sticking to one subject?!? What the holy hell is wrong with you anyway, Evenflow?

        September 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
      • banasy©

        I was referring to "Germany, for one, just banned Uber from operating anywhere on its soil"
        Germany has lifted that ban.

        Interesting song choice, @LaBella.

        September 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm |
  8. chri§§y

    Lol @ Joey if you think about it, it could ALSO mean there are large amts of those SSRI's being flushed down the toilet instead of being injested as someone has implied. I would be interested to know all the facts before hearing those vomitous attacks someone is spewling wouldnt you?

    September 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm |
    • Philip

      Only in your daydreams, Chrissy. Read books and stop pretending.

      September 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm |
    • Philip

      And its not just SSRIs. Its SNRIs too. But of course the most damaging is urinated birth control pill estrogen. Unless you flush those too.

      September 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm |
      • banasy©

        Do you have a link that differentiates between flushed meds in our water systems and urinated meds in our water system, Philip?

        September 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm |
      • Philip

        Yes. According to Dr. Anne Blake Tracy and about 450 other doctors, physicians, scientists, etc., corroborated by the fact that Americans spend more on Rx drugs than on national defense (Pentagon budget ) roughly 70 million Americans are addicted to Rx drugs. Infested drugs over extended periods of time. Not flushed drugs.

        September 18, 2014 at 11:01 pm |
      • Philip

        *ingested, rather than flushed. You can add the unknown amount of flushed drugs with those that 70 million Americans eat and pee daily. (To arrive at total Rx dissolved solids in our tap water)

        September 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm |
      • LaBella

        She asked of you have a link differentiating the two. You did not give that. You gave a general website. Narrow it down and give a link that shows a study differentiating the two. You cannot.
        The largest source of those drugs in the water are from flushed unused drugs. Get a clue.

        September 19, 2014 at 10:25 am |
      • LaBella

        And gollygeewillikers, SSRI's inhibit urination! How FUN, right? Lololol ok. They're not meant for long term, dork. If you're taking them long-term, you're a doctor shopper and really, really stupid.

        September 19, 2014 at 10:56 am |
  9. chri§§y

    I do NOT flush medications just as i DONT waste my hard earned dollars on medications i dont need, if it WERE any of YOUR business which it isnt! And one doesnt need birth controll if they are celibant or must i explain to YOU how celibacy works. Must i??? The fact of the matter though is people are told to flush un-used medication if it has passed its expiration date or recipient is no longer taking said medication...just so it DOES NOT fall into others hands! Now show me a link where it STATES that the medication YOU suggested and proven that it has already BEEN injested by a human BEFORE it was flushed!

    September 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm |
    • banasy©

      Flushing medications is the cause of most of the drugs in our water.
      For proper disposal, see

      September 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm |
      • Philip

        Hogwash. 70 million Americans are addicted to Rx pharmacy drugs. They didn't become addicts by flushing toilets.

        September 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm |
      • LaBella

        Hogwash. The amounts of drugs in our water is from flushing unused meds. Nice try.

        September 19, 2014 at 10:28 am |
  10. LaBella

    🎶Late last night
    I heard the screen door slam
    And a big yellow taxi
    Come and took away my old man
    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got
    ‘Til it's gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot

    September 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
  11. chri§§y

    Good luck @ banasy. I asked THAT same question hours ago and as you can see...nada! I suspect he is actively searching the internet trying to find SOMETHING though! Lmao

    September 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
  12. chri§§y

    Good grief! Would you get over yourself already! Damn! You act like a little boy in grade school who has just learned a secret! Sad has naught to do with anything! And even if it did, what exactly do you think a few bloggers are gonna do about it? WTH! And big fat furry deal!

    September 19, 2014 at 12:00 am |
    • Philip

      Oh. Call me the kid wearing the dunce cap sitting in the corner as girls play Spin the Bottle sans males if you want. But you will be hard-pressed to find many who would agree with you on over a trillion $ per year in Rx drug sales being "Naught". Or with fellow bottle spinner @banasy's theory that most of those trillion dollars worth of meds get flushed down the toilet. (she obviously knows little about drug addicts. They don't flush pills. They eat them just in case they aren't really expired yet. Or cook expired oxycontin and slam it like heroin)
      What can bloggers do about it? Oh. I suppose we could talk about it without fear of reprisals like men uses to do online before the word Blog was ever coined. Before AOL mailed out discs to almost every home in America making it easy for even lonely and desperate housewives to get online...along with their counterparts; doormat housewives.
      Fella's? Care to discuss the news and let these old ladies finish up their game of spin the bottle without us?

      September 19, 2014 at 7:37 am |
      • LaBella

        I know it may be hard for you to grasp, but the evidence points to I flushed meds rather than your paid shill's website, which is obviously your only source.

        September 19, 2014 at 10:30 am |
  13. Philip

    Now, I can see where food addictions aren't nearly as powerful as drug addictions. So the fact that Americans throw away 40% of their food is understandable. But COME ON! @ banasy. American drug addicts flushing mire drugs down the toilet than drugs they eat? Have you ever known a drug addict? I don't think so or you would know that addicts aren't famous for throwing drugs away. Famous for consuming massive amounts, rather.

    September 19, 2014 at 10:18 am |
    • LaBella

      Are you deliberately obtuse, or do you just discount everything someone else says because it doesn't jibe with your very unsubtle agenda? Freaking dork.

      September 19, 2014 at 10:32 am |
  14. chri§§y

    People COOK pills??? Really? Why? I cant imagine they taste very good nor have any nutrition value! You must really hang with some wonders @ Philip! So whatsa matta? They kick you outta da club?

    September 19, 2014 at 11:05 am |
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