What Stopped Travis Kalanick From Turning Violin Playing Girlfriend Into A Wife? His Slacking Business?
Uber has been making millions of lives easier. Among the two heads, who conceptualized the idea of Uber and brought the service into existence, is the former CEO of 'Transportation network company- Uber,' Travis Kalanick.
Business and relationship have a similarity, as both have gain and loss, but both teach us something. It is arduous to hold onto things when you are at your low, handling the situations, giving it your all!
Despite being one of the prosperous people in the world, Travis Kalanick wasn't able to hold onto his relationship with his girlfriend. Was his slacking business the cause behind the duo's split, or was there something more to it? Let's find out.
A downfall of Travis Kalanick business Along With A relationship tragedy!
As they say,
'it's not as difficult to achieve things as it is to retain what you achieved.'
The former CEO of Uber went through a similar situation. In August 2016, Travis reportedly split up with this beautiful woman, Gabi Holzwarth, who plays violin just as beautiful as she is.
After dating for more than a year, the news of them parting ways went all over the tabloid. The cause for the split is said to be the immense pressure of Travis's work and the inescapable loss, worth $1.2 billion in just the first half of 2016.
An insider told page six,
“Travis is under a lot of pressure right now. It’s hard for him to focus on a relationship.”
It's never easy to have gone through such loss in both professional and personal life.
Caption: Travis with his then- girlfriend, Gabi Holzwarth.
Picture Credit: Page Six
The couple crossed path at a party hosted by a venture capitalist, Shervin Pishevar, who has his share of investment in Uber and Airbnb. Pishevar was the one to hire Gabi to play for his event in 2015, as he discovered Gabi's art of playing Violin on the streets of Palo Alto.
Travis witnessed her talent and her beauty in the same event, and they both ended up dating from there on. They were together for about two years until August 2016. Unfortunately, he couldn't make Gabi his wife.
Here you can check the melodious play by, Gabi Holzwarth,
Caption: Gabi Holzwarth covering Bruno Mars's 'when I was your man.' (Published on Aug 18, 2016)
The split wasn't enough of a tragedy, as he, unfortunately, had to depart from his mother forever.
Travis lost his mother in a boating accident. As per reports, both his parents, mother Bonnie Kalanick, and father, Donald Kalanick were riding the boat, while the mishap occurred on May 26, 2017.
The boat they rode hit a rock in Pine Flat Lake in the eastern part of the county, leading to Bonnie's death on the scene while his father, Donald Kalanick suffered moderate injuries.
Regarding the incident, the Fresno County Sheriff stated,
"Bonnie Kalanick died at the scene, and her husband suffered moderate injuries, while the boat had sunk."
Here's a snap of his parents,
However, a month after the terrible incident, while Travis was trying to recover from the loss, he made his resignation official as he stepped down from the CEO's designation from Uber in June 2017.
His exit was the result of the continuous pressure, which involved Uber’s investors, who requested him to leave.
Earlier that day, five of Uber’s major investors placed a demand asking chief executive to resign immediately. One among the five investors included one of Uber’s biggest shareholders, which has one of its partners, Bill Gurley, on Uber’s board. However, he will continue to remain on the board of directors.
Travis stated, mentioning the resignation,
“I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight.”
Mr. Kalanick's trouble started piling up, as the company was alleged for sexual harassment by the former employee at the company.
The engineer Susan Fowler, who claimed of being harassed by her immediate supervisor during her time in Uber, gave a statement,
“It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him, and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR. Upper management told me that he ‘was a high performer’ (i.e. had stellar performance reviews from his superiors) and they wouldn’t feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part.”
After Travis' resignation from Uber, the company stated,
“Over the next 180 days we are committed to making driving with Uber better than ever,” the company said. “We know there’s a long road ahead, but we won’t stop until we get there.”
Hopefully, the company will not have to witness more loss as they are determined to walk in the path of progress.
Before Gabi, he dated Angie You, with whom he shared a townhouse in the upper hills of the San Francisco. The townhouse was nicknamed "The Jam Pad," and it also had a Twitter account of its own.
More About Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber:
No matter how lavish Travis' life seems to be now, he has worked hard to earn what he has achieved till date.
As a teen, he went door-to-door, selling knives for Cutco. Kalanick, at the age of 18, stepped into the business world, starting an online file-exchange service called Scour, with some UCLA classmates.
The file-exchange got sued by the Motion Picture Association and the Recording Industry Association of America before being filed for bankruptcy in 2000.
His second company was another file-sharing company called Red Swoosh, was sold to Akami in an all-stock deal valued at $ 18.7 Million in 2007.
Kalanick struggled financially while running Red Swoosh, and he didn’t have enough money to handle his expenses and was still living under the roof of his mom and dad’s house.
Now, with the success of Uber, he lives in his own house in San Fransisco.
Caption: Google street view of Travis's house in San Fransisco.
Photo Credit: cctoaks.com
He is passionate about what he does, and his quotes justify the fact,
"Look, I'm a passionate entrepreneur. I'm like fire and brimstone sometimes. And so there are times when I'll go—I'll get too into the weeds and too into the debate, because I'm so passionate about it."
The biggest leap for Travis happened in 2009; when he teamed up with Garrett and introduced the Uber app, which is serving millions of people around the globe, connecting passengers with drivers of vehicles for hiring or ride sharing.
Uber made him a multi-billionaire with an enticing net worth of $ 6.3 billion, and we don't require peeking through his salary- it's obvious, it is equally massive.
Stay with us for the emerging updates on Travis Kalanick!