Uber seeks more MBS talent to drive its global growth

The global rideshare company, whose business model has created real disruption in the taxi industry in  more than 300 cities in 58 countries in just six years, is recruiting again.
Having already snapped up two MBS alumni – Xue Huang in Beijing and Tim Ebeling in Melbourne – Uber’s head of Asia expansion, Doug Ma,  was back at MBS in May looking for more entrepreneurial talent to thrive in its 24/7, ‘always innovating’ culture.

Remember Paris?

The upstart start-up began as an idea in Paris in 2008, when co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick couldn’t get a timely taxi, and became a Silicon Valley reality in 2010. It’s now valued at $40 billion-plus and rising.
Doug says Uber’s international growth now outstrips growth in the US – where Uber’s vehicles outnumber Yellow Cabs in New York.

The company is creating about 50,000 new jobs a month globally, mainly for drivers, who often come from high unemployment areas. It operated in just one Asian city, Singapore, in early 2013. Now, it’s in more than 50-plus APAC cities, including 10 in India and nine in China.

And this year, the Philippines became the first country outside of the US to regulate its operations nationwide after a popular campaign, supported by local politicians and influencers, highlighted the greater safety provided by Uber due to the rider and driver rating system.

Supply meets demand

Doug puts Uber’s rapid rise down to technology meeting universal demand for fast, cheap and safe urban travel.

He says Uber is a technology company rather than a transport company because it uses data from its e-hailing app to match demand and supply as perfectly and quickly as possible.
Its rapid growth tracks the spread of mobile phones and devices worldwide, but such is its disruptive power that it steps on entrenched toes wherever it goes.

Positions vacant

To work for this agile, no-nonsense company requires special skills, which MBS alumni have shown they have.

Uber wants MBAs to fill the three top positions it creates when it opens in a new city – a general manager, who is in charge of the growth and health of their city, an operations manager on the supply side who works with drivers, and a marketing manager on the demand side to attract riders.
Uber is also looking for MBAs to fill regional positions in communications, policy, legal, strategic planning and finance, product, recruitment and expansion. 

But you’ll need the right attitude to fit with Uber’s super agile, hands-on culture – done is better than perfect; if you have an idea, execute it; no task is above or beneath you.
And to be comfortable with its approach to work – collaboration across the world; innovate your way to victory; the best ideas always win.

Doug acknowledges that Uber is famous for attracting the best executive talent for the best value. Why? Well, apart from its fiercely competitive, never-stop-innovating, we-work-and-play-harder and drink-the-Kool-Aid culture, it offers equity in its future growth, which seems unstoppable.

Delivering the world

Uber’s growth mantra is ‘delivering the world in five minutes’. So after becoming the dominant personal transport company globally, and rolling out UberPool, which represents Uber’s long-term vision of technology plus carpooling, it plans to spread UberEATS, delivering food to your door, UberRUSH, logistics in your city, and anything else its innovative staff can come up with.

TechCrunch magazine named Uber the best overall start-up in 2014, and it’s easy to see why.
Doug says Uber treats each office in a new city as a start-up, and a new management team has “the keys to the city” to establish and build the business.

So if you believe the future is now, check out Uber. It will soon be everywhere and into everything it isn’t already – no doubt with the help of a few more MBS alumni.