We have always had uncanny timing with our PandoMonthly guests. We book most of them months or even a year in advance and somehow they get newsy just at the right time. We interviewed Kevin Systrom just after selling Instagram to Facebook. We interviewed Dick Costolo just after Twitter went public. And who could have guessed in January when we booked Jerry Yang that Alibaba would just go public as one of the the biggest tech homeruns ever.
So it’s fitting after the last week’s Ubergate and continuing concerns about data privacy plaguing the company this week, that our guest for our last San Francisco PandoMonthly of the year (booked months ago) is the Anti-Travis Kalanick: John Zimmer, CEO and co-founder of Uber’s arch-rival Lyft.
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I haven’t spoken with Zimmer since all of this unfolded and Lyft has been wisely heads down not seeking to make too much hay out of their larger rival becoming the butt of late night talk shows. But I’m dying to know what’s really been going on behind the scenes there.
Beyond the last week, the story of Lyft is a fascinating one– a pivot that actually worked, a distant latecomer to a market that has surged by playing to its strengths, and a company unafraid to be nice in a market where being cutthroat is getting results.
We’ll discuss all of this with John live on stage at Rackspace next Thursday, 4th December. Tickets are on sale now.
(I should note, we’ve invited Kalanick to be interviewed at PandoMonthly before, and he’s declined. The invitation is still open, as is the invitation to have any on the record conversation about the events of last week with any Uber executive. I should also note that Pando has investors in common with both Uber and Lyft.)