How smart is Travis Kalanick?

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I always see articles about Musk, Gates, etc. and how they are super high IQ.

What about the legendary TK though?

Can anyone at Uber comment on his general intelligence level?

Is he a bro that smart or is he actually a wizard?

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  • Uber / Eng itsdara
    How smart is Adam Neumann?
    Nov 9 9
    • Expedia Group / Eng getmesfjob
      Smart and selfish.
      Smart because he literally stole "rich and smart" people's money. That, on it's own is a great skill
      Nov 9
    • Cisco / Eng
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      He didn’t steal Son’s money. He stole money from the LPs that gave Son money. So essentially Adam stole from universities, pension funds, taxpayers, etc.

      He’s also the black sheep amongst socialites. I pity him. He has a ton of money but he will have no friends and be looked down upon in the circle of the elites.
      Nov 9
    • Uber wwTKd
      i was under impression Sons investors are mostly sovereign funds and some japanese conglomerates or pensions. american institutions mostly too smart or conservative to invest in Softbank
      Nov 9
    • Cisco / Eng
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      No there’s a mix of US money in there too. Most of the money is from the Saudi’s. But, you’re right it’s mostly foreign money.

      Watch Adam get killed by the Saudi’s 😂
      Nov 9
    • Intel apdndn
      Adam could have convinced them to drink Kool-Aid in the jungle, but turned his efforts toward creative good (his basic premise is a good one). I’ll give him props.
      Nov 9
  • Uber wwTKd
    not overly technical (more PM than EM) but smarter and way way harder working than media portrayal. probably like 1/2 a Musk. dude was down dirty knife fighting in the startup trenches for a decade before hitting on Uber. I wouldnt underestimate him and if i was 22 and had the chance to work with him I’d take it .
    Nov 9 1
    • Uber sndbrv
      I’d take the chance without a second thought now, regardless of age. Imagine getting in the ground floor of a TK company. The stories alone would make it worth it.
      Nov 9
  • New jam12
    He started one of the first file sharing companies and wrote code for it, so he has engineering smarts.

    While that is important for a founder, a very high level of intelligence in all of the main categories (logical, social, etc) is the most important quality in a founder. Founders have to perform a number of tasks that are completely different (build a product, listen to customers, lead a team, sell a product, sell company to investors) at a very high level without much outside direction or time to learn.

    Having a brain with broad intelligence lets these special founders do this, and it is a rare quality.
    Nov 9 2
    • Cisco / Eng
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      Very well said. You sound like a founder
      Nov 9
    • New jam12
      😉
      Nov 10
  • Salesforce aw3some
    TK is awesome. He's a badass tho. He used to have staff meetings in strip clubs. Atleast Uber didn't layoff folks with TKs leadership. I'd say he is one of the badass leaders.
    Nov 9 4
  • Uber / Legal
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    Crazy smart. As in he will smash someone's face in for messing with Uber if he can get away with it.

    Now putting more thought into it, he might just be crazy. But he is a great leader nonetheless
    Nov 10 3
    • Cisco / Eng
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      I think what you’re saying is he’s a sociopath that happened to make you very rich
      Nov 10
    • Uber / Legal
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      You think Gates or Musk is anything different? People follow him because he is not spineless founders like Lyft's.
      Nov 10
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      Oh I completely agree. I’m interviewing for Lyft rn but I wish I was interviewing with Uber
      Nov 10
  • I think he’s amazing. Not necessarily in the technical department but in terms of raw hustle, work ethic, and unparalleled optimism that gets his people to work hard and achieve things they didn’t think were possible. Working in Uber 1.0 under him was amazing. He makes success happen.
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  • Symantec GoRams
    Wizard no!. Lizard yes!!!!
    Nov 9 0
  • Uber hxfy72
    He had more systems intelligence than Dara, for sure.
    Nov 10 2
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      As in systems engineering?
      Nov 10
    • Expedia Group ⛑⛑
      But Travis didn’t push the “operating system for your life”.

      That’s the ultimate system. 🤣
      Nov 10
  • Uber / Eng bag
    TK is amazing. His fighting spirit holds no parallels, he will do anything to win. He will make any company with a product with good market fit successful.
    Nov 10 0

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