Author Event: "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber" by Mike Isaac in Conversation with Harper Reed

Join us for a reading with Mike Isaac, author of Super Pumped, in conversation with Harper Reed at City Lit Books on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

The event is free to attend, but because we expect significant interest please RSVP at our Eventbrite link if you'd like to attend the event!

In Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, award-winning New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against an era of rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley. Backed by billions in venture capital dollars and led by a brash and ambitious founder, Uber promised to revolutionize the way we move people and goods through the world. Based on hundreds of interviews with current and former Uber employees, along with previously unpublished documents, SUPER PUMPED is a page-turning story of ambition and deception, obscene wealth, and bad behavior that explores how blistering technological and financial innovation culminated in one of the most catastrophic twelve-month periods in American corporate history.

Super Pumped is a story of how rapid developments in technology can crash into long-entrenched labor systems, throw urban development into upheaval, and overturn an entire industry in a matter of years. It is the story of a deeply sexist industry, fueled by gender imbalance and a misguided belief in a tech-supported meritocracy, blind to its own biases. It is the story of the sweeping but poorly understood ways that startups are financed today, and how this can affect the leaders, employees, and customers of fast- growing companies. It is the story of the ugly decisions made around user data and personal information as technology firms seek to exploit consumer data. But most of all, Super Pumped is a story about how blind worship of startup founders can go wildly wrong—a cautionary tale that ends in spectacular disaster.

The tale of Uber, the queen of the so-called ‘unicorns,’ is a parable about power—and the lengths to which some startup founders will go to amass it and hold onto it. Aside from being a delicious read, Mike Isaac’s account is also teeming with new revelations that will shock and outrage you.”

—John Carreyrou, author of Bad Blood

Travis Kalanick changed an entire industry, made billions of dollars, and made a company into a verb. . . A riveting read about bro culture gone awry.”—Nick Bilton, special correspondent, Vanity Fair

Mike Isaac is a technology reporter at the New York Times whose Uber coverage won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business reporting. He writes frequently about Uber, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley giants for the Times, and appears often on CNBC and MSNBC. He lives in San Francisco. For more information, visit

Harper Reed is a technologist that predicts the future for a living. He spends most of his life building big things, hacking things, and talking about doing both of those things. As CTO of the Obama 2012 campaign, Harper was the first to bring the tech mentality to a political level. He believes the talent of a great bunch of humans can transform an organization like nothing else and uses that belief to strengthen, deploy, and inspire every team he works with. Harper also believes his incredible luck has led him to achieve wonderful things like pioneering crowdsourcing at, founding Modest, Inc., and guiding the software team at PayPal. You can find Harper hacking on personal projects and enjoying life in Chicago with his partner, Hiromi, and their beautiful and bizarre poodle, Lulu.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393652246
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 3rd, 2019