‘I will apply to be a citizen of India’, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes jibe at Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal

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Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick may have 99 troubles to worry about, but his local challengers controversial proposal to gain foothold in the market isnt one of them.

Taking a jibe at Olas Bhavish Aggarwals recent mentions that the Indian authority should favour local companies, Kalanick responds if people have an issue with his US citizenship, he would love to become an Indian.

“If it is about whether I am personally Indian, I will apply to be a citizen of India if this’s what get us over the hump, ” Kalanick joked with NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant at a press encounter Thursday. Phasing out of the gag, Kalanick prompted, “We were always local from the beginning – but when we went to India and China we just had to take it to the next level.”

Last week, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal and Ola CEO and co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal said the Indian government should make changes to its policies to protect and privilege homegrown business.

It’s much easier for non-Indian companies to raise capital because they have profitable markets abroad, Aggarwal added at Carnegie India Global Technology Summit last week. You might call it capital dumping, predatory pricing or anti-WTO but its a very unfair playing field for Indian startups.

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The remarks by Aggarwal stimulated a conversation among VCs and beings alike, with some interrogating whether Ola is an Indian companionship after all as it has raised a lot of money from foreign corporations. Applying calculated texts, Kalanick likewise pointed that out.

Our opponents have also elevated huge amount of capital, we have functionings globally and we create capital for our global runnings, ” he said.

“At the end of the day both companies have taken so much speculations that vast majority of my fellowship as well as vast majority of Ola is foreign now.”

At the end of the day both companies have taken so much investments that vast majority of Uber as well as Ola is foreign now.

The world ride-hailing firm Uber doesn’t have as large-scale of a proximity as its local competitive Ola does in India. Uber is currently serving in 29 Indian municipalities, while Ola is present in 102. In the aftermath of selling its China business to Didi Chuxing, Uber has been an increase more interested in India and checks the country as its next large-hearted market.

On a week-long journey in India, Kalanick has been seeing different metropolis to satisfy government officials and have a open look at how India’s transportation system drives. Earlier this week, Kalanick announced bike-sharing work UberMOTO availability in Hyderabad.

In a wide-range chat with Kant and media last-place evening, Kalanick, whose company is yet to turn a profit in India said they realise the company making money in the long run. “We assure the path to profitability in India and we appear pretty good about that, ” he said.

Earlier this week, Kalanick said his company’s activities in India too forms hundreds of thousands of driver opportunities and jobs.

Jokes aside, it won’t be unprecedented for a CEO to apply for Indian citizenship as a business move. AirAsia’s Group CEO Tony Fernandes received his Overseas Citizen of India status earlier this year, which is equal of has become a Non Resident Indian. AirAsia had commenced its India enterprises in 2014.

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