Friday, March 10, 2017

Is Uber Driven By an Ayn Rand Philosophy?

Travis Kalanick 
From a Financial Times profile on Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive:
Mr Kalanick has long nursed a flirtation with objectivism, the philosophy of self-reliance developed by Ayn Rand. He once used the cover of her book The Fountainhead as his Twitter profile picture, and said it was one of his favourite works of literature...

People who have worked at Uber describe an extremely competitive workplace that would not be out of place in a Rand novel.

“There is very much that culture of, if you fail it is your fault,” recalls a former employee. “You alone are responsible for your success or failure.”

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