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Uber’s First Employee, Now A Billionaire, Got His Job With A Tweet

| Published on May 20, 2019

Once an employee in Uber, Ryan Graves is now a billionaire with a net worth of $1.5 billion. 

How it all came true for Graves is a story to share! Graves who was initially working as a leader in a management training program in information technology at General Electric in 2010 was approached by Travis Kalanick, Co-founder of Uber, to join them on Twitter. 

Speaking about this serendipitous turn of events, Kalanick wrote in a 2010 blog post, “I was hitting Craigslist, Twitter, and other channels looking for the right candidate.” He added, “What resulted was the Awesomest job post and response I’ve ever seen.”

Kalanick, whose net worth is estimated to be $5 billion said that Graves “hit the ground running,” once hired.

Sharing more about the journey he wrote in his blog, ”From the day he got going, we spent about 15-20 hours a week working together going over product, driver on-boarding, pricing model, the whole nine. He learned the start-up game fast and worked his a— off.”

Graves who is now a Founder & CEO of an investment firm Saltwater Capital served as a senior Vice President Of Global Operations for 7 years before becoming the CEO at Uber and later resigning in the span of a year in 2017. 

Graves filed his resignation from Uber merely two months after Kalanick was made to resign following the discovery of sexual harassment and discrimination at Uber through investigations.

Interestingly, Graves who is now moved to Hawaii with his family continues to sit on the board of Directors of Uber which is now a multi-billion dollar empire valued at an estimate $75 billion. 

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