He came, he spoke, he awed!
These words sum up the boundless entrepreneurial passion and swagger of Travis Kalanick, CEO Uber, who enthralled IIT Bombay students this week in a fireside conversation with media industry veteran and serial entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala. In an one hour session, Travis shared his views on topics ranging from dealing with failure to the importance of co-founders and mesmerised the students with his quick wit, his go-getter attitude, his passion, and unbridled enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.
Here are the excerpts from the session:
Have A Champion’s Mindset
When questioned about an entrepreneur’s attitude towards failure, Travis spoke about developing a champion’s mindset. He said,
“When you get on the field, put everything you have into it. Put every ounce of energy you have in the field, leave nothing on the field. When you get knocked down, which as an entrepreneur is inevitable, get back up. So when you keep putting everything, you have into it and keep getting back up whenever you are knocked down, it is almost impossible to fail.”
Travis also added that failure is also about how you assess risk and as an entrepreneur, one has to think about failure and risk differently. He added, “If one thing doesn’t work out, there are a thousand other companies that will hire you. If you are smart and it doesn’t work out, there will be something on the other side of that. And you will be way better and way smarter for having tried something that nobody else tried. You have to think about failure and risk differently.”