While Flipkart and Ola are playing the patriotic card, Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick gave a 101 on PR to these companies who are asking for govt support against the foreign competitors.
“If it is about whether I am personally Indian, I will apply to be a citizen of India if this is what gets us over the hump. At the end of the day, it is about the innovation that is being brought, about how we are serving. Are we bringing efficiency and positive outcomes for our riders? I think we are. At the end of the day, we respect competing with Ola (its India-based rival), and I think we have competed well and fairly and would continue to do so.” [while a chat with Amitabh Kant of Niti Ayog]
“If it is about whether I am personally Indian, I will apply to be a citizen of India if this is what gets us over the hump.” – surely, a very strong statement to make.
Founders are often seen making such statements in China – but India? No!
Definitely, Travis is playing his PR cards right, unlike Ola and Flipkart founders who are publicly (indirectly) accepting defeat. Well, almost!
Learning abt Sant Kabir's dohas from my team – काल करे सो आज कर, आज करै सो अब – now that's a successful startup mantra!! #AlwaysBeJugaading
— travis kalanick (@travisk) December 16, 2016