Garrett is the founder of Expa, a startup studio that works with founders to develop and launch new products. After 10 years of designing and building consumer services, Garrett and the Expa team have identiﬁed many techniques that help create successful companies. This experience has been integrated into a platform to help founders increase their startup’s chance of success. Expa plans to focus on just a few active companies at any one time, initially around mobile applications, platforms and marketplaces.
Garrett co-founded Uber.com in 2009 with Travis Kalanick, to improve the efficiency of on-demand car service. Uber has now raised over $300m of venture capital from Google Ventures, TPG Capital, Jeff Bezos & Goldman Sachs, and provides on-demand car service in over 80 cities worldwide.
Garrett is also the founding CEO of StumbleUpon.com, guiding its development from inception to over 30M registered members. StumbleUpon is one of the largest discovery engine on the web, delivering over 1 Billion personalized recommendations per month. Over 75,000 advertisers have used StumbleUpon to get their content discovered.
Garrett completed his Masters in Software Engineering at the University of Calgary, where he researched interfaces for collaborative systems, evolutionary algorithms and information retrieval. He is also a 2007 recipient of MIT Technology Review's TR35 award.
Board & Advisor Roles (5)Update
|Aug, 2016||Xperiel||$7M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|May, 2016||Forward||undisclosed amount / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2014||Expa||$50M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2013||Prism Skylabs||$15M / Series B||Expa|
|Sep, 2013||Distill||$1.3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2013||PS DEPT.||$750k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2012||BlackJet||$2.14M / Venture (Lead)||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2012||WillCall||$850k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|May, 2012||Behance||$6.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2011||Prism Skylabs||$1.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2011||StyleSeat||$700k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2011||StumbleUpon||$17M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2010||Schematic Labs||undisclosed amount / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2009||Uber||$200k / Seed (Lead)||Personal Investment|
|May, 2009||DailyBurn||$525k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2009||StumbleUpon||undisclosed amount / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Aug 16, 2016||Sydney Morning Herlad - How Didi chief Cheng Wei took on Uber and won|
|Aug 2, 2016||blog.venturepulse.org - Didi Chuxing Bought Uber In China For $35 Billion|
|Jul 25, 2016||LAVCA News - Brazil-based CargoX Receives Investment from Valor, Lumnia & Former Uber Co-founder (em português)|
|Jun 13, 2016||Business Insider (tech) - The Business Insider 100: The Creators — from A to Z|
|Jun 8, 2016||Thisisgoingtobebig.com - You Don't Need a Co-Founder|
|May 19, 2016||Business Insider Australia - Meg Whitman is doling out $100 million to startups this year through quarterly 'coffees with Meg'|
|May 18, 2016||Business Insider (tech) - Meg Whitman is doling out $100 million to startups this year through quarterly 'coffees with Meg'|
|May 17, 2016||Business Insider Australia - David Chang just launched his delivery-only restaurant startup Ando|