We continue to hope that a way can be found for Benchmark to move forward, having profited so handsomely from the work of Travis Kalanick and many others, and to do so without inflicting gratuitous harm on the company which we have all supported, and for which we continue to have the greatest expectations.
Benchmark has threatened to block investments that could bolster Uber's competitive position in global markets by bargaining over board seats and its own control.
My role is really just to try to make sure that the voice of all shareholders and employees is heard - that no one is bullying their agenda, their choice of a CEO, or their selection of who should be the board members. Benchmark, I believe, has been pushing their agenda at the expense of those stakeholders.
By 2020, cargo loops should be working. By 2022, we should have people transport working.
Hyperloop can improve life dramatically for the 16 million people in the greater Moscow area, cutting their commute to a fraction of what it is today. Our longer term vision is to work with Russia to implement a transformative new Silk Road: a cargo Hyperloop that whisks freight containers from China to Europe in a day.
We write with the souls of thousands of lives saved, the lives of millions of jobs created, liberating multitudes of drivers from the shackles of servitude to iniquitous taxi cartels of corrupt cabals that choked cities with their pollution of air and morals.
What we're trying to accomplish is the cheapest, fastest, cleanest form of major public transportation. There's economic value in being able to move people and things fast - and without any delays, because the hyperloop is impervious to weather.
Our nation will be in good hands under a president Hillary Rodham Clinton administration.
We've proven that our technology works and that Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built an operational Hyperloop system. As we move towards the commercialization of our technology, we'll continue to work with governments and embrace public-private partnerships to reimagine transportation as we know it.
When I look at cities now, I don't see them in the present. This is the decaying infrastructure of our existing cities. Years from now, none of this is going to be here. New cities are going to rise.
Human beings, in their present evolved state, have a limited capacity to digest, understand, and then properly and accurately disseminate events and information to other nodes of discourse.
The incredible talent that has assembled at Hyperloop One is what is making it possible. I don't just think it's a technology story, I think it's a human story. It's those hearts and that passion of everyone and the commitment that is distorting reality and making this possible as fast as it is.
With Hyperloop One, we are on the brink of the first great breakthrough in transportation technology of the 21st century, eliminating the barriers of time and distance and unlocking vast economic opportunities.
As the sixth largest economy in the world, the economic engine of the nation, and provider of a large percentage of the federal budget, California carries a lot of weight.
With Hyperloop One, the world will be cleaner, safer, and faster. It's going to make the world a lot more efficient and will impact the ways our cities work, where we live, and where we work. We'll be able to move between cities as if cities themselves are metro stops.
The 'copy, paste' mentality of some investors and entrepreneurs - be careful of that. Do something that is unique to you, not because someone else's journey is mirroring it.
I look forward to working with my friend and fellow Iranian American Mr. Khosrowshahi. Dara's experience and his proven track record of success make him the right choice to lead Uber.
As an investor, I'm always scouting for new trends.
I was forced to be political because I had bombs falling on me as a child in Tehran.
I have tremendous respect for Bill Gurley. He's a friend of mine. I look up to him.