The Billion Dollar Tweet

The Twitter exchange between Travis Kalanick and Ryan Graves

Help spread the word ------->

@KonaTbone heres a tip. email me :) graves.ryan[at]

— =Ryan Graves= (@ryangraves) January 6, 2010

On January 10, 2010 former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick tweeted "Looking 4 entrepreneurial product mgr/biz-dev killer 4 a location based service.. pre-launch, BIG equity, big peeps involved--ANY TIPS??" and less than an hour later Ryan Graves replied "heres a tip. email me :)" and included his email address.

That 24-character Tweet (plus email address) lead to Graves becoming Uber's first ever hire (including being the Uber CEO at one point).

"He’s got the trifecta: Hustle, Emotional Intelligence, and Smarts" Kalanick said about Graves. "Ryan Graves’ first day was March 1st and he hit the ground running ... He learned the startup game fast and worked his ass off to build the Uber team and make the San Francisco launch and subsequent growth a huge success."

That Tweet plus Trifecta led to Graves having a 1.9% stake in Uber which resulted in an estimated post-IPO valuation of $1.4 billion.

Thus the birth of the Billion Dollar Tweet!