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  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Mar, 2009

    Uber was originally founded as Ubercab

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Mar, 2009

    In 2009, Uber was originally founded as Ubercab by Garrett Camp, a computer programmer and the co-founder of StumbleUpon, and Travis Kalanick, who sold his Red Swoosh startup for $19 million in 2007.




  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Feb, 2010

    Ryan Graves became the first Uber employee

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Feb, 2010

    In February 2010, Ryan Graves became the first Uber employee and received 5–10% of the company. Graves started out as general manager and was named CEO shortly after the launch.




  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    May, 2010

    Uber goes live for the first time in San Francisco

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    May, 2010

    Uber goes live for the first time in San Francisco, launches at SF AppShow, gives attendees first limo rides from app.




  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Dec, 2010

    Ryan Graves steps down as CEO in favor of Travis Kalanick

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Dec, 2010

    Ryan Graves steps down as CEO in favor of Travis Kalanick.




  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    2011

    From UberCab to Uber

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    2011

    In 2011, the company changed its name from UberCab to Uber after receiving complaints from San Francisco taxi operators.




  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    May, 2011

    Uber goes live in New York City

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    May, 2011

    Uber goes live in New York City.




  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Sep, 2011

    Uber goes live in Chicago

    Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Sep, 2011

    Uber goes live in Chicago.


  • Paris, France
    Monday Dec 05, 2011

    Expanding into Paris

    Paris, France
    Monday Dec 05, 2011

    Uber expands beyond the United States, starting by expanding into Paris, France.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

    Uber announces it has raised $37 million in Series B round

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

    Uber announces it has raised $37 million in Series B round, including investors such as Goldman Sachs, Menlo Ventures (with Shervin Pishevar and Shawn Carolan co-leading Menlo's investment), and Bezos Expeditions.


  • Toronto, Canada
    Sunday Mar 04, 2012

    Uber launches in Canada

    Toronto, Canada
    Sunday Mar 04, 2012

    Uber launches in Canada starting with Toronto.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Jun, 2012

    Lyft launches in San Francisco

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Jun, 2012

    Lyft, a competitor to Uber, launches in San Francisco.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jul 02, 2012

    Uber launches in London

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jul 02, 2012

    Uber launches in London, United Kingdom.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Jul, 2012

    Uber announces UberX

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Jul, 2012

    Uber announces UberX, a service that uses lower-cost hybrid vehicles.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Apr, 2013

    Uber adds ridesharing

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Apr, 2013

    Uber adds ridesharing, where regular drivers use their personal vehicles as part of UberX.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    Jun, 2013

    Uber launches in Mexico City

    Mexico City, Mexico
    Jun, 2013

    Uber launches in Mexico City, Mexico.


  • Taipei, Taiwan
    Jul, 2013

    Uber expands to Asia

    Taipei, Taiwan
    Jul, 2013

    Uber expands to Asia launches in Taiwan, starting in Taipei.


  • Johannesburg, South Africa
    Friday Aug 09, 2013

    Uber expands to Africa

    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Friday Aug 09, 2013

    Uber expands to Africa, launches its first product in Johannesburg, South Africa.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 24, 2013

    Uber confirms it has raised $258 million in Series C

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 24, 2013

    Uber confirms it has raised $258 million in Series C round at a $3.5 billion pre-money valuation, with investors including Google Ventures and TPG Growth.


  • Bangalore, India
    Friday Aug 30, 2013

    Uber expands to India

    Bangalore, India
    Friday Aug 30, 2013

    Uber expands to India, launching its first product in Bangalore.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

    Uber launches Uber Rush in New York City

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

    Uber launches Uber Rush in New York City, a courier service using bicycle messengers to deliver packages. This marks the beginning of Uber's transition into a logistics company.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 07, 2014

    Uber confirms it has raised $1.2 billion in a Series D

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 07, 2014

    Uber confirms it has raised $1.2 billion in a Series D round, with a pre-money valuation of $17 billion. Key investors include BlackRock, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (with partner Megan Quinn), Menlo Ventures (Shawn Carolan), SherpaVentures (with partners Shervin Pishevar and Scott Stanford), Summit Partners, and Wellington Management.


  • Beijing, China
    Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

    Uber officially launches in China

    Beijing, China
    Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

    Uber officially launches in China, starting with Beijing.


  • Lagos, Nigeria
    Friday Jul 25, 2014

    Uber officially launches in Lagos

    Lagos, Nigeria
    Friday Jul 25, 2014

    Uber officially launches in Lagos, Nigeria, expanding its presence to Western Africa.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Thursday Aug 07, 2014

    Uber announces UberPool

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Thursday Aug 07, 2014

    Uber announces UberPool, which lets riders share rides based on proximity.


  • Canada
    Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

    Uber officially launches UberX in Canada

    Canada
    Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

    Uber officially launches UberX in Canada, starting with Toronto and Mississauga.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Oct 23, 2014

    "Asshole culture" of Uber

    U.S.
    Thursday Oct 23, 2014

    On October 22, 2014, an article by Sarah Lacy in PandoDaily was published where she sharply criticized the "asshole culture" of Uber and said she intended to delete the app from her phone.


  • Montreal, Canada
    Thursday Oct 30, 2014

    Uber expands its operations in Canada

    Montreal, Canada
    Thursday Oct 30, 2014

    Uber expands its operations in Canada by launching UberX in Montreal.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

    "Outlined the notion of spending 'a million dollars'"

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

    On November 17, 2014, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith reported that Uber senior executive Emil Michael "outlined the notion of spending 'a million dollars'" to hire four top opposition researchers and four journalists. He said that team could help Uber fight back against the press by looking into "personal lives, your families". Michael was particularly focused on journalist Sarah Lacy, who accused Uber of “sexism and misogyny". Lacy wrote a sharp response critical of Uber's actions.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Friday Dec 05, 2014

    Uber confirms it has raised $1.2 billion at a $40 billion pre-money valuation in a Series E

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Friday Dec 05, 2014

    Uber confirms it has raised $1.2 billion at a $40 billion pre-money valuation in a Series E round. Key investors include Qatar Investment Authority, Valiant Capital Partners, Lone Pine Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and SherpaVentures.


  • Delhi, India
    Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

    Uber driver in Delhi allegedly rapes a passenger

    Delhi, India
    Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

    An Uber driver in Delhi allegedly rapes a passenger when driving her home late at night.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

    Uber expands UberFRESH in some parts of the Los Angeles area

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

    Uber expands UberFRESH in some parts of the Los Angeles area to include dinner delivery during weekdays.


  • Beijing, China
    Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

    Chinese search technology company Baidu announces a $600 million strategic investment in Uber

    Beijing, China
    Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

    Chinese search technology company Baidu announces a $600 million strategic investment in Uber, also classified as a continuation of the Series E round, thereby bringing the Series E total to $1.8 billion.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 22, 2015

    Uber gets $1.6 billion from Goldman Sachs in debt financing

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 22, 2015

    Uber gets $1.6 billion from Goldman Sachs in debt financing.


  • Nairobi, Kenya
    Friday Jan 23, 2015

    Uber launches its first product in East Africa

    Nairobi, Kenya
    Friday Jan 23, 2015

    Uber launches its first product in East Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya.


  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

    Uber opens robotics research facility In Pittsburgh to build self-driving cars

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

    Uber opens robotics research facility In Pittsburgh to build self-driving cars. In May, Uber poaches 50 employees from Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center.


  • China
    Sunday Feb 15, 2015

    Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, the two biggest players in the low-cost app-based taxi hailing market in China

    China
    Sunday Feb 15, 2015

    Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, the two biggest players in the low-cost app-based taxi hailing market in China, announce a merger into Didi Kuaidi. The merged company would be significantly larger than Uber in China.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Feb 19, 2015

    Uber raises an additional $1 billion in its $40 billion pre-money valuation Series E

    U.S.
    Thursday Feb 19, 2015

    Uber raises an additional $1 billion in its $40 billion pre-money valuation Series E, increasing the total Series E money raised to $2.8 billion (after adding the first $1.2 billion and the next $600 million raised from Baidu). The additional investors are Times Internet, Foundation Capital, and Accelerated IT Ventures.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

    UberFRESH available in New York City and Chicago

    U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

    UberFRESH, which launched in the Los Angeles area in August 2014, rebrands itself as UberEATS. The rebranding is linked to an effort to rapidly expand to other areas. The service is already available in New York City and Chicago and plans to expand to many other locations.


  • California, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 18, 2015

    California Labor Commission rules that a particular Uber driver is an employee

    California, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 18, 2015

    California Labor Commission rules that a particular Uber driver is an employee, not independent contractor.


  • California, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 16, 2015

    Administrative judge recommends that Uber be fined $7.3 million and suspended from operating in California

    California, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 16, 2015

    Administrative judge recommends that Uber be fined $7.3 million and suspended from operating in California.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 01, 2015

    Uber has completed a Series F round

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 01, 2015

    It is announced that Uber has completed a Series F round, raising $1 billion at a $50 billion pre-money valuation (so a $51 billion post-money valuation). Key investors are Microsoft and Bennett, Coleman, & Co, Ltd., the parent company of The Times Group, India's largest media conglomerate.


  • Bombay House, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
    Thursday Aug 20, 2015

    Uber raises $100 million in private equity from the Tata Opportunities Fund

    Bombay House, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
    Thursday Aug 20, 2015

    Uber raises $100 million in private equity from the Tata Opportunities Fund, a fund of the Tata Group in India, with the goal of using the money to help it double down on its India operations.


  • Beijing, China
    Thursday Sep 10, 2015

    Battle to maintain market dominance against Uber in China

    Beijing, China
    Thursday Sep 10, 2015

    Chinese Uber competitor Didi Kuaidi, the entity formed through the merger of Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, raises $3 billion to move more aggressively in its battle to maintain market dominance against Uber in China.


  • Calgary, Canada
    Friday Oct 16, 2015

    Uber further expands its operations in Canada by launching UberX in Calgary

    Calgary, Canada
    Friday Oct 16, 2015

    Uber further expands its operations in Canada by launching UberX in Calgary.


  • Worldwide
    Friday Dec 04, 2015

    Global technology and service alliance

    Worldwide
    Friday Dec 04, 2015

    Uber competitors Lyft (United States), Didi Kuaidi (China), Ola Cabs (India), and GrabTaxi (South-East Asia) (all of which have Softbank as an investor) announce a global technology and service alliance.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Friday Dec 04, 2015

    Uber announces that it is raising $2.1 billion at a $62.5 billion valuation

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Friday Dec 04, 2015

    Uber announces that it is raising $2.1 billion at a $62.5 billion valuation.


  • Toronto, Canada
    Wednesday Dec 09, 2015

    UberEATS is spun off into a separate standalone app

    Toronto, Canada
    Wednesday Dec 09, 2015

    UberEATS, Uber's food delivery service, is spun off into a separate standalone app, and now offers all-day delivery in Toronto. The new app is not available for other regions.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

    UberEATS app with all-day delivery launches in Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

    On March 1, the new UberEATS app with all-day delivery launches in Los Angeles, California.


  • Chicago, Houston and San Francisco
    Tuesday Mar 15, 2016

    UberEATS launches in Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco

    Chicago, Houston and San Francisco
    Tuesday Mar 15, 2016

    On March 15, UberEATS launches in Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco, and announces plans to launch in a number of other US cities in the coming months.


  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    Uber launches in Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    Uber launches in Buenos Aires, Argentina amidst claims of illegality and taxi protests.


  • Austin, Texas, U.S.
    Monday May 09, 2016

    Uber and Lyft cease operations in Austin

    Austin, Texas, U.S.
    Monday May 09, 2016

    On May 9, Uber and Lyft cease operations in Austin, Texas. This is in response to a city ordinance upheld by Austin voters on May 7 that would require drivers for Uber, Lyft, and other transportation network companies to get fingerprint checks, to have their vehicles labeled, and to not pick up and drop off in certain city lanes.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Jun, 2016

    Uber announces that it is changing its app to inform riders of the price of their ride when they book it, rather than simply providing a surge multiplier

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Jun, 2016

    Uber announces that it is changing its app to inform riders of the price of their ride when they book it, rather than simply providing a surge multiplier. The move is prompted by the observation that UberPool users, who do see the ride price upfront, are more likely to continue using the service. Price changes triggered by destination changes will be sent to riders in real time. Changes to routes due to traffic or other reasons not under the rider's control will not result in a change to the price charged upfront. The move is not an end to surge pricing but rather a change in the way the surge pricing is communicated to customers. The change, officially announced in late June, had already been rolled out at the time of announcement in several cities, and had received some commentary in May.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jun 09, 2016

    Uber opens up the Uber RUSH API to developers

    U.S.
    Thursday Jun 09, 2016

    Uber opens up the Uber RUSH API to developers. The goal of this API is to make it easy for merchants to integrate the use of Uber drivers into their delivery system. The tool has been used by select small businesses since October 2015, and the opening up to the public is to encourage more widespread adoption.


  • Kiev, Ukraine
    Thursday Jun 30, 2016

    Uber launches in Kiev

    Kiev, Ukraine
    Thursday Jun 30, 2016

    Uber launches in Kiev, Ukraine.


  • Budapest, Hungary
    Sunday Jul 24, 2016

    Uber leaves Budapest

    Budapest, Hungary
    Sunday Jul 24, 2016

    Uber leaves Budapest, Hungary.


  • China
    Thursday Jul 28, 2016

    Uber, legal in the country

    China
    Thursday Jul 28, 2016

    The Chinese government issues guidelines to make ride-hailing services, such as Uber, legal in the country.


  • China
    Monday Aug 01, 2016

    Didi Chuxing (formerly Didi Kuaidi), the dominant player in China's ridesharing market, agrees to buy Uber China

    China
    Monday Aug 01, 2016

    Didi Chuxing (formerly Didi Kuaidi), the dominant player in China's ridesharing market, agrees to buy Uber China, Uber's business in China. The Uber brand will be retained, but Didi would “integrate the managerial and technological experience and expertise of the two teams.” Uber reportedly lost $2 billion trying to make inroads in China.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Aug 18, 2016

    The cars are modified version of the Volvo sports utility vehicle equipped with Uber's technology for self-driving

    U.S.
    Thursday Aug 18, 2016

    Uber announces plans to launch service with self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where its robotics research facility, built with employees poached from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, is located. The cars are modified version of the Volvo sports utility vehicle equipped with Uber's technology for self-driving. Cars will have drivers at the wheel, monitoring the vehicle, as required by law. The move is seen by commentators as the first step in Uber's ambitious goal of replacing its entire fleet with autonomous vehicles.


  • United Kingdom
    Friday Sep 16, 2016

    Uber begins mapping UK streets

    United Kingdom
    Friday Sep 16, 2016

    Uber begins mapping UK streets in an effort to identify the best pick-up and drop-off points from its own images.


  • United Kingdom
    Friday Oct 28, 2016

    Uber loses the case of Aslam v Uber BV on workers' rights

    United Kingdom
    Friday Oct 28, 2016

    Uber loses the case of Aslam v Uber BV on workers' rights. Appeals to the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 02, 2016

    Uber launches a redesigned rider app

    U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 02, 2016

    Uber launches a redesigned rider app, with a simplified user flow that focuses on identifying the destination first, then shows ride options with prices, and then gives driver contact information and allows riders to make adjustments such as split fare and get more information about the destination. The app also connects better with the user's current location, real-world identity, favorite places (such as work and home) and integration with services such as Foursquare and Yelp for destination-specific information, in what is seen as an attempt to pull users into spending more time in the app.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Mar, 2017

    Uber begins beta testing a program in select cities to pick up passengers aged 13 through 17

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Mar, 2017

    Uber begins beta testing a program in select cities to pick up passengers aged 13 through 17, previously not allowed on the company's terms of service.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 07, 2017

    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes summer sabbatical after an investigation into the company's workplace culture

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 07, 2017

    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes summer sabbatical after an investigation into the company's workplace culture.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jun 22, 2017

    Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO

    U.S.
    Thursday Jun 22, 2017

    Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 29, 2017

    Dara Khosrowshahi is hired as CEO

    U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 29, 2017

    Dara Khosrowshahi is hired as CEO.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 25, 2017

    A Uber branded Visa credit card is announced for the United States market

    U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 25, 2017

    A Uber branded Visa credit card is announced for the United States market, in partnership with Barclays. The card became open for applications on November 2, 2017.


  • Saskatoon, Canada
    Saturday Feb 09, 2019

    Uber further expands its operations in Canada

    Saskatoon, Canada
    Saturday Feb 09, 2019

    Uber further expands its operations in Canada by launching in Saskatoon.


  • U.S.
    Friday May 10, 2019

    Uber raises $8.1 billion at $45 per share in its IPO

    U.S.
    Friday May 10, 2019

    Uber raises $8.1 billion at $45 per share in its IPO, valuing the company at $82 billion.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Oct, 2019

    Uber began offering a helicopter taxi service between Manhattan and John F. Kennedy International Airport

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Oct, 2019

    In October 2019, in partnership with HeliFlight, Uber began offering a helicopter taxi service between Manhattan and John F. Kennedy International Airport.


  • Vancouver, Canada
    Friday Jan 24, 2020

    Uber further expands its operations in Canada by launching in Vancouver

    Vancouver, Canada
    Friday Jan 24, 2020

    Uber further expands its operations in Canada by launching in Vancouver, British Columbia and other parts of Metro Vancouver.


  • Dubai, U.A.E.
    Jan, 2020

    Uber acquired Careem

    Dubai, U.A.E.
    Jan, 2020

    In January 2020, Uber acquired Careem for $3.1 billion.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday May 06, 2020

    Uber announced plans to layoff 3,700 employees

    U.S.
    Wednesday May 06, 2020

    On May 5, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber announced plans to layoff 3,700 employees, around 14% of its total workforce. On May 18, 2020, 3,000 more job cuts and 45 office closures were announced.


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