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uber-driver-billionShort Bytes: Paul English, the co-founder of Kayak, a company he sold for $2.1 billion, now drives a Tesla S P85D UberX in Boston. Next month, he is planning to announce more details about his new travel startup. Till then, he continues to work as an Uber undercover, in a Tesla.

You must have read the success stories of people driving Uber and earning a handsome salary. Well, the story I’m sharing today tells something one the opposite track.

Paul English, the co-founder of Kayak, now drives a Tesla S P85D UberX in Boston. Back in 2013, Kayak was sold to the Priceline Group for $2.1 billion. Now, he works as a part-time Uber driver as a part of the research for his new secret startup focused on travel industry.

Paul founded Kayak in 2004 and sold it nine years later. This gave him a total of $99 million when the website went public. About his future endeavor, he tells, “we’re rethinking how people book travel, from how they conceive travel, who they get advice from, where to go, how much work it takes to book it.”

Also read: Stolen and Hacked Uber Accounts Are Being Sold for $1 on the Dark Web

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So, driving Uber, what’s he learning?

He says that he want to learn how drivers experience after the end of every ride when they are rated on a scale of 1 to 5.

By closely looking at the rating system, he is looking to looking to aid his new ‘stealth-mode’ startup, code named Blade Travel.

About his car, Tesla Model S P85D with a dual engine and all-wheel drive, he mentions that his passenger ask him questions about the new features of the car. It’s all about the ratings, so he obliges, obviously.

The rating system works the other way round as drivers too get to rate the passengers. He has given five stars to 25 passengers, but only one passenger, who was abusive and angry, got 1 star.

Next month, Paul is planning to announce more details about his new travel startup. Till then, he continues to work as an Uber undercover, in a Tesla.

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Also read: Why A 24-year-old Tesla Engineer Lived In A Van For Five Months

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Adarsh Verma
Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]