Uber CEO Travis Kalanick spent 30 hours quizzing a candidate before finally offering him a job
The former VMware executive had met with Kalanick and their first one-hour meeting turned into two, Pham told GeekWire in an interview. Kalanick is nothing short of intense, so that interview turned into a two-week straight phone marathon with the pair talking one-on-one over Skype for 30 hours.Kalanick sent Pham a photo of a list of topics he wanted to talk about, and then the two would get on a Skype call and go through it.
The 30 hours of quizzing felt less like an interview and more like a discussion between two colleagues, Pham told GeekWire. On one call, Kalanick just stopped talking and switched the discussion to offers."It dawned on me afterward that he wasn't looking for someone that shared his view - he was looking for diversity of thought, someone who could challenge him and who he could challenge," Pham said.
Thankfully, sealing the deal on the job didn't take the same 30 hours of interrogation that Kalanick had put into it. Instead, Pham says he took 30 minutes to think about it, then Kalanick took an hour to make some calls on his end. That was it. Pham was brought on as CTO and has since grown the engineering team from 40 people to 1,200 in three years."Everything moves super fast at Uber," Pham said. "Once we decide to do something, we just lean in."
- Owning an electric two-wheeler is slightly cheaper cheaper than petrol and diesel at a time when fuel prices are at a record high
- TTD approves Rs 2,938-crore budget for 2021-22
- Wholesale growth expected to continue for tractors, passenger vehicles and two-wheelers, says equity research firm Emkay
- Centre finalises One District One Focus Product to promote in cluster approach
- A Mumbai-based EV startup launched the cheapest electric car with a 200 km range