"I have to tell you, I am scared."
So says Uber's new CEO pick, Dara Khosrowshahi, in a note he sent to his staff at Expedia, where he was CEO for more than a decade.
Of course he's scared. Who wouldn't be? Uber is one of the most fabled start-up stories of all time and, simultaneously, one of the most harrowing corporate unravelings. Replacing embattled founder Travis Kalanick to get Uber back on track is one big and terrifying task.
What's notable is not that Khosrowshahi is scared, but that he admits his fear.
"I've been here at Expedia for so long that I've forgotten what life is like outside this place," he writes in the email obtained by Recode. "But the times of greatest learning for me have been when I've been through big changes, or taken on new roles — you have to move out of your comfort zone and develop muscles that you didn't know you had."
Khosrowshahi also says the decision to make the move was "one of the toughest" of his life.