We are Uber. The go-getters. The kind of people who are relentless about our mission to help people go anywhere and get anything. Movement is what we do. It’s our lifeblood. It runs through our veins. It’s what gets us out of bed each morning. It pushes us to constantly reimagine how we can move better. For you. For all the places you want to go. For all the things you want to get. For all the ways you want to earn. Across the entire world. In real time. At the incredible speed of now.
We are a tech company that connects the physical and digital worlds to make movement happen at the tap of a button for everyone, everywhere. Because we believe in a world where movement should be equally accessible for all. So you can move safely. In a way that’s sustainable for our planet. And regardless of your gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation, we champion your right to move freely and without fear. Of course, we haven’t always gotten it right. But we’re not afraid of failure, because it makes us better, wiser, and stronger. And it makes us even more committed to do the right thing by our customers, people who earn on our platform, local communities and cities, and our incredibly diverse set of international partners.
The idea for Uber was born on a snowy night in Paris in 2008, and ever since then our DNA of reimagination and reinvention carries on. We’ve grown into a global platform moving people and things in ever expanding ways. We’ve gone from rides on 4 wheels to rides on 2 wheels to 18-wheel freight deliveries. From takeout meals to daily essentials to prescription drugs to just about anything you need at any time. From drivers with background checks to real-time verification, safety is a top priority every single day. At Uber, the pursuit of reimagination is never finished, never stops, and is always just beginning.
Uber is an American-based transportation network company that operates worldwide. It was founded by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick in 2009. The company has generated so much popularity in only 10 years of its existence as it offers vehicle hire and delivery services. So far, its services are accessible in 785 metropolitan areas that are based in 63 countries. The three major owners of the Uber Company are Softbank Group, Benchmark Capital Partners, and Travis Kalamick. As of 2018, the company’s revenue was $11.27 billion. The CEO of the company is Dara Khosrowshahi. Uber is headquartered in San Francisco, California in the USA.
Uber is committing to becoming a fully electric, zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100% of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micromobility. It is our responsibility as the largest mobility platform in the world to more aggressively tackle the challenge of climate change. We will do this by offering riders more ways to ride green, helping drivers go electric, making transparency a priority and partnering with NGOs and the private sector to help expedite a clean and just energy transition.
The Uber Headquarters
The main headquarters utilized by the Uber Company is in San Francisco, US. The first building is an 11-story building located at 1455 3rd Street which occupies an area of 268,080 square feet. On the other hand, the second building is a 6-story building located on the 1515 3rd Street covering an area of 423,000 square feet. The two buildings are interlinked with each other. The Uber headquarters in San Francisco was designed by the SHoP Architects in partnership with the Studio O+A for $250 million. It was opened for official use in 2017. Besides the main Uber headquarters in San Francisco, the company has more offices located across the city such as its leased space in 555 Market Street and 685 Market Street. Another office is located at Pier 70.
Apart from the offices located in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, other Uber offices are located in other US states as well as other countries in the world that receive their services. Examples of US states that have Uber include Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and North Carolina among others. On the other hand, countries other than the US where Uber operates include Netherlands, Amsterdam, India, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Poland, Scotland, Kenya, Jordan, Egypt, Nigeria, and Australia among others. Most of these countries have Uber offices and country headquarters.
Challenges Faced By Uber In Its Expansion
One of the challenges that the Uber business faces is the opposition in some countries that feel that it is not well regulated. Secondly, there has been opposition to the Uber drivers by the local taxi drivers who feel threatened by the operations due to the variations in pricing. Traditionally, the local taxi drivers were more expensive compared to the low Uber ride charges. Thirdly, Uber has been criticized for not paying its drivers well. Besides, drivers are categorized as “contractors” rather than “employees” which results in them forfeiting rights and remedies provided under the employment laws.