I'm Mike Isaac, NYT Tech Reporter and author of the new book "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber." Ask me Anything!
Hey everyone! Mike Isaac here, a technology reporter over at the NYT and author of Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber.
I've been covering tech for the last decade, and have lived in San Francisco for most of that time. I started writing about Facebook and Twitter when they were still private, beloved companies, and have had the privilege to cover a range of different Silicon Valley companies.
But things changed for me when I began writing about Uber in 2014, when I joined the New York Times. I watched the company during its early days as an unstoppable ride-hailing phenomenon with a near-endless war chest of billions. But by 2017 I saw the story shift as scandal after scandal poured out of Uber, rocking the company to its core and ultimately ending in the fall of its founder.
A lot of my book is the story of Uber and the rise and fall of Travis Kalanick, the company's former CEO. But as I was writing it I realized the book is really about how a large part of society has fundamentally shifted its view of tech's impact on the world, and how that has dramatically changed the way companies will be built in the Valley for years to come.
I'd love for you to read my book, which you can get here, and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about the company, my reporting, or anything else!
(Side note: I'm a long-time redditor with a recent cakeday of 10 years under my private alt, so doing an AMA is a true honor!)
Edit 12:04 pm PST — okay ive been at this for two hours and should go do my day job, but ty for the Q's, and I'll try to come back and do some more answering tonight if you have more! this was super fun!