Have you ever come across a business so brilliant yet so simple it made you scratch your head and wonder – why didn’t I think of that? With outrageous valuation and millions of users, Uber is definitely one of those companies. Founded in 2009 by a college dropout, Uber is a classic tech success story, and the company’s exponential growth/colossal funding over the past six years have launched it to the forefront of the startup world.
Despite competition and even outright bans in some places, Uber continues to thrive with over 8 million users and 1.1 million driver-partners. Its easy-to-use app, convenience, and general “coolness” have made it the go-to car service whether you’re a regular commuter or a high-profile celebrity. It’s not uncommon to hear the words “Call an Uber!” late at night on the streets – most rides take place between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., but Uber tracks nearly 2 million rides per day.
It’s not just the riders who are happy – according to research, the drivers are uber-happy too. Now you can even use offshoots like UberFresh for lunch delivery, UberPool for car sharing, or even UberChopper for a quick helicopter ride. To get a better idea of Uber’s numbers and influence, we’ve compiled 39 astonishing facts about the company.