File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation.    REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files  (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

I Can Apply for Indian Citizenship to Fight Allegation – Uber CEO

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Travis Kalanick, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of US-based taxi aggregator service Uber, says he’s ready to anything to protect his company from protectionist attitudes in India, including applying for a citizenship.

“If it is about whether I am personally Indian, I will apply to be a citizen of India if this is what gets us over the hump. At the end of the day, it is about the innovation that is being brought, about how we are serving. Are we bringing efficiency and positive outcomes for our riders? I think we are. At the end of the day, we respect competing with Ola (its India-based rival), and I think we have competed well and fairly and would continue to do so,” he said.
Countering the allegation of capital dumping, Kalanick said Ola was as foreign a company as Uber. “Our competitors have also raised enormous amounts of capital; we have operations globally and bring capital for our global operations. At the end of the day, both companies have taken so much investment that the vast majority of my company, as well as the vast majority of Ola, is foreign,” he added. Read more
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