Kalanick was born Travis Cordell Kalanick on August 6, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, Lived in Northridge, California where he graduated from Granada Hills High School and later enrolled in college at the University of California, Los Angeles to study computer engineering. His mother, Bonnie Renee Horwitz Kalanick, worked in retail advertising for the "Los Angeles Daily News", and his father, Donald, was an engineer. He has two half-sisters and his brother Cory is a firefighter.
In 2001, with Scour's engineering team, Kalanick started a new company called Red Swoosh, another peer-to-peer file-sharing company. Red Swoosh software took advantage of increased bandwidth efficiency on the Internet to allow users to transfer and trade large media files, including music files and videos. In 2007, Akamai Technologies acquired the company for $19 million.
In 2009, along with Garrett Camp, Kalanick founded Uber, a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services. Uber operates in more than 100 cities around the world. Uber faced some controversy  in some cities in North America, like Washington DC Chicago, Toronto, and New York City. Travis Kalanick claims and defends the rights of operation of his company against regulators. The company faces fierce competition from similar services and 'clone companies' in cities like London. In November 2014, Kalanick faced criticism for creating a "win at all costs" culture in his Uber organization. Public relations problems the firm faced included Kalanick's comments to GQ about how easy it is for him to attract women now, concern about his blase attitude regarding safety issues for female customers, and his toleration of executive Emil Michael, who recommended creating a large budget to smear critics. While Kalanick apologized for Michael's remarks, he did not censure him severely enough to appease some critics.
Kalanick speaking at the Le Web conference in December 2013