/// Uber’s Travis Kalanick on Numbers, Competition and Ambition (Everything but Funding)
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick won’t talk about funding — though sources tell us he’s raising a big new round — but we did get him on the phone to talk about how Uber is doing, three years after first launching in its hometown of San Francisco. Though Kalanick’s pugnacious style may turn some people off, he has been incredibly effective. In San Francisco, the median Uber pickup time is three minutes. That’s basically an instantaneous ride to anywhere you want to go in the area. Photo credit: Om Malik Uber is now operating in 35 cities, including Taipei, Zurich, Seoul and Mexico City, where it soft-launched just this past week. After starting as a way to hail town cars, Uber is now also running or testing services with other types of vehicles and price structures called uberTAXI, uberX, UberSUV, UberVAN, UberLUX and UberMOTO. New York just became Uber’s largest market, passing San Francisco, according to Kalanick.