When Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi visited India earlier this year, the president of Uber India asked him what advice he would give to his 22-year-old self, and Khosrowshahi offered a candid response, The New Yorker reports: "To get the hell out of investment banking sooner."
Khosrowshahi, 48, who was brought on as the CEO of Uber to get the ride-sharing giant back on track after a turbulent 2017 led the board to push out company co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick, started his career in finance. After graduating from Brown University in 1991, he took a job as a junior investment banker at Allen & Co.
The job had its perks: After his first year, "he received a twenty-thousand-dollar bonus and an all-expenses-paid African safari," The New Yorker reports, and he met his mentor, Barry Diller, who almost immediately began grooming him for leadership.
He stayed at Allen & Co. for seven years before taking an executive role at USA Networks/IAC in 1998 and then becoming the CEO of Expedia in 2005.