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Success, but at what cost? asks actor playing Travis Kalanick in a new show

As ‘Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber’ gets ready for release on February 27, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, shares his views on the controversial CEO.

February 26, 2022 / 08:59 AM IST
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Travis Kalanick in 'Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber', premiering on Showtime on February 27, 2022. (Image: screen grab)

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Travis Kalanick in 'Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber', premiering on Showtime on February 27, 2022. (Image: screen grab)

Travis Kalanick’s reputation followed the same trajectory as an errant Uber driver's.

In the early days of the app, as the world toasted Kalanick for the convenience of hailing a cab from their phone, the founder scored high ratings.

And then, inevitably, turbulence hit.

There were accusations that Kalanick was abrasive, unreasonably demanding and sexist, and so was the work culture at Uber. Sexual harassment complaints by female staffers were often ignored.