Ten years ago, Uber launched in San Francisco. A simple idea became a fast growing company, and Uber now helps hundreds of millions of people around the world move from point A to B. Along this ten year journey, I’ve learned a lot, and realized that I’m most helpful when focused on product strategy & design, and this is where I’d like to focus going forward.

So as we release our proxy statement today, I have decided to shift from a board director to a board observer, and focus on product strategy. I will continue to work with Dara and…


We are at a turning point in human history. The world is more interconnected than ever… both physically and digitally, and things are evolving and changing faster than ever before. And new platforms that help people in need are now even more critical during our current crisis.

Two years ago when I decided to start spending time on philanthropy as well as work on startups, I didn’t initially have a clear plan of what I wanted to focus on. Camp.org was created to be a research foundation. Having met with many philanthropists and charities, done a lot of reading, and…


Last year, we announced a vision for Eco, a new digital currency platform. Eco’s goal was to create a new digital currency that focused on usability and could be used for everyday payments. Today, I’m excited to announce that Eco has joined forces with a like-minded project, Beam.io. We have been working closely with the Beam team for many months, and have now finalized a partnership to work more closely together going forward.

Eco is building an open source, full-stack payment platform with a cryptocurrency designed for payments. We have made great progress over the last 18 months, and now…


Back in late 2013, I had an idea to create a place that would give entrepreneurs the best environment to build companies. My goal was to combine lessons learned from StumbleUpon and Uber to help other founders. I liked the idea of a space where entrepreneurs could come together, get advice from experts and focus on building their product. We called it Expa, and by March 14, 2014 raised our first $50m. We’ve now been joined by 5 other partners who help founders develop the initial idea, craft the brand and build their prototypes.

In five years, Expa’s community has…


Sixteen years ago, we started StumbleUpon to help people discover new webpages. The idea was simple: click a button to find a cool webpage. It was easy and fun. Over the years SU has delivered personalized content to over 40 million users, serving up nearly 60 billion stumbles. StumbleUpon pioneered content discovery on the web, before the concepts of the “like button”, “news feed” or “social media” were mainstream.

Since starting SU the number of people with internet access has grown nearly 10x, and mobile phones and social media have changed our lives. The number of platforms to share or…


Returning from my first trip to Africa has been eye-opening. I spent two weeks visiting six locations in Kenya, both on Safari as well as in rural areas and small towns. In one small town, two young girls playing in the street waved at me saying “Jambo”, and I took this photo. Exploring these areas has made me think a lot more about culture, development and infrastructure. And what really matters in life overall.

This was my first time visiting small towns in a developing country, and meeting people who struggle just to find clean water or enough to eat…


Since we just passed the ninth anniversary of the idea of Uber (originally UberCab, in Aug 2008), I thought it would be interesting to share the very first pitch deck we created in late 2008. Thank you to the entire Uber team for turning a simple idea into a platform that has improved so many people’s lives :)


We’re excited to release Expa’s newest project to the public today: Mix.com — the simplest way to discover great content matched to your interests. Mix is now open to everyone on iOS, so be sure to sign up today to reserve your page at mix.com/name.

Our approach with Mix is different from most popular social discovery and news apps as it’s not just focused on real-time news, and posts from your friends. Instead of a timeline-based feed, your recommendations are based on a semantic and social graph… what you like + who you know. Rather than a traditional “newsfeed”, on…


With everything happening recently, I wanted to share my thoughts on how we got here, and a path forward. Like many of you, recent events have left me upset and deeply reflective. When we designed the Uber prototype app back in 2009, we were just focused on creating an app that would make it easier to get around. And in just 7 years the Uber team has turned a simple idea into one of the fastest growing and impactful companies of all time.

All companies have growing pains. And because Uber grew so fast these growing pains are much more…


When Expa started back in late 2014, the idea was simple: I had several ideas I wanted to work on and, after being a startup CEO for 10 years, didn’t want to focus on a single project again just yet. I also knew that I didn’t want Expa to be a traditional VC since they usually don’t have much contact with the people actually building a product, and mostly play a role as high-level advisors to a company. I’m a system designer at heart, and wanted to be directly involved in the creation of new products: from the initial idea…

Garrett Camp

founder @expa

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