I'm Mike Isaac, author of the book "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber”, recently adapted into a new drama series streaming on Showtime. Ask me Anything!
Hey everyone! Mike Isaac here, a technology reporter over at the NYT and author of Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber – recently adapted into a series now streaming on Showtime.
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.
In February 2022, my book was adapted into an anthology series by Billions creators, Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Kalanick, Kyle Chandler as VC-titan Bill Gurley, and Uma Thurman as entrepreneur Ariana Huffington, the series follows Kalanick’s win-at-all-costs approach to forge the fledgling start-up into a multi-billion-dollar tech titan. You may have even caught me playing myself in last night’s episode. Ask me about pitching and making the show (it involves a Twitter DM), writing the book, or any other burning tech-questions.
—Edit 12:01 pm PT/2:01 pm ET: Woof, lotta fun questions! I have to go do my actual day job now, but feel free to leave any more and i'll swing back in later this evening to try and answer some others.
Thanks all for coming and keep watching Super Pumped on Showtime!