Home / Tech News / Quiz: who said it – Uber's Travis Kalanick or Wall Street's Gordon Gekko?

Quiz: who said it – Uber's Travis Kalanick or Wall Street's Gordon Gekko?



The former CEO of the ride-hailing company was compared to the film’s lead character in court. How similar are they? You be the judge

Travis Kalanick, Silicon Valley bad boy.






Travis Kalanick, Silicon Valley bad boy.
Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Travis Kalanick was in court this week, taking the stand as Uber fights a messy lawsuit with Google’s driverless car spin-off, Waymo. Waymo alleges that the ride-sharing company stole trade secrets from its competitor to further its own driverless car technology.

There was some drama during proceedings when the court was played a clip from the movie Wall Street, in which the lead character, Gordon Gekko, delivers his famous “greed is good” speech. The clip, which was sent to Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick, is part of a strategy by Waymo’s legal team to portray Kalanick as a Gekko-like figure for whom, in the words of attorney Charles Verhoeven, “winning is more important than obeying the law”.

Can you tell the difference between Gordon Gekko’s lines from Wall Street and comments made by Silicon Valley bad-boy Kalanick? Take our quiz to find out.

“I don’t throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things. Read Sun Tzu, The Art of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought.”
“When I get a hold of the son of a bitch who leaked this, I’m gonna tear his eyeballs out and I’m gonna suck his fucking skull.”
“Money doesn’t buy happiness but it does pay for therapy.”
“The most valuable commodity I know of is information.”
“I’m like fire and brimstone sometimes. And so there are times when I’ll go – I’ll get too into the weeds and too into the debate, because I’m so passionate about it.”
“In a car, you can go fast. But you have a red line. And everybody has their own personal red lines. You want to push into that red line and see what that engine’s made of. You might find you’ve got more under the hood than you thought.”
“If you need a friend, get a dog.”
“Lunch is for wimps.”
“Okay, you’ve got two choices. We can go in that room and I’m going to fucking pace back and forth the entire time. Or we can go for a walk.”
“I don’t think I’m an asshole. I’m pretty sure I’m not.”

You got…

There are winners and losers in this world, and you are a loser.

There are winners and losers in this world, and you are a loser.



Someone needs to go back to business school.

Someone needs to go back to business school.

It’s not easy distinguishing between real-world and fictional megalomaniacs.

It’s not easy distinguishing between real-world and fictional megalomaniacs.

Decent job. But you could use a little inside information to get ahead!

Decent job. But you could use a little inside information to get ahead!

It takes a hustler to know a hustler!

Perfect. You’re ready to enter the world of megalomania!

It takes a hustler to know a hustler!




Check Also

Can’t get new lungs? Try refurbished ones instead.

Harald Ott, a surgeon at Harvard Medical School, thinks that his lab’s unusual methods might …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *