Perhaps one of the most exciting start-ups of the past ten years, Uber’s story is immensely impressive. With modest beginnings in San Francisco back in 2008, founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp started a crowd-funding campaign to raise enough money to get Uber off the ground.
The company is now estimated to be worth a staggering $68 billion, and according to Business Insider is the number one U.S start-up in the world – towering above the likes of Pinterest, Airbnb and Dropbox.
The idea was born, as the story goes, from a snowy day in Paris when the two partners struggled to hail a cab. According to the myth, they decided there must be a better way. Simplicity, luxury and a focus on technology were the core concepts of Uber Technologies Inc. The company first launched their app in London, in the summer of 2012, when Richard Howard approached the team in San Francisco to see if they were considering entering the UK market.
Nine years later, Uber has not just made its mark in San Francisco and London, but 631 other cities around the globe.
Welcome to Chester
As for our humble pint-sized city, we’ve finally caught up with the rest of the UK, and the world’s leading private technology enterprise has landed here. The service launched on the 20th July. From now on, Cestrians and visitors to the city alike will be able to arrive at their destination, whether it’s a day at the Races, a trip to the zoo or a wander round the shops, at the touch of a button.
Chester locals and the bustling student community have been relying on a number of independent taxi firms for years now, but it seems that the historic walled city has finally caught up with the modern world.
We’ll no longer be waiting in a phone queue for 20 minutes to then panic about not having got any cash out. All you need is your smart phone and the app. You’re then charged through debit and credit cards that you personally give the app permission to use.
Happy Uber-ing, Chester!