November 12–13, 2015  •  San Francisco, CA
David Plouffe

David Plouffe
Chief Advisor and Member of the Board, Uber

Quotes from David

Money generated in the sharing economy is making a meaningful difference in households across the world.

Every city in the world needs more income for their residents. We are providing a huge opportunity, for tens of thousands of people in major global cities, to earn a living or supplement their living. Driving with Uber presents a flexible opportunity for individuals to bring additional income to their household. Whether it’s income to buy a new laptop, or splurge on a vacation, or to help pay student loan bills—money generated on the Uber platform is making a meaningful difference in households across the world.

We are going to have a population influx in urban areas of historic proportions over the next ten years. Many of these cities won’t be able to build new subway lines or new roads. They’ll need new solutions to combat congestion and gridlock. Smart solutions like uberPOOL, cost-efficient carpooling enabled by technology, will be key to addressing these issues.

As the economy makes its way out of the Great Recession, many working class and middle class households are still feeling its impact in their day-to-day lives. Over half of Americans say that they would not be able to withstand an unexpected $1000 bill. Living paycheck to paycheck is a way of life for many. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 56% of Americans said their family’s income was falling behind the cost of living. These are exactly the people who are benefiting most from app enabled income opportunities like Uber. They can work when they want, for as much or as little as they want, and bring in that much needed additional income to their households.


David Plouffe is widely referred to as the “architect” of President Obama’s two presidential campaign victories. After serving as the campaign manager in the 2008 presidential election, he served inside the White House as Senior Advisor to the President. Plouffe currently serves on the Board of the Barack Obama Foundation and is a member of the Uber Board of Directors.

Plouffe has managed campaigns at all levels of politics, served as an award-winning producer of television advertisements, served as a consultant to leading Fortune 500 companies and has been a ubiquitous presence on national news shows.

In September 2014, Plouffe joined Uber and in addition to his board duties serves as the Chief Advisor for Uber and CEO, Travis Kalanick.

Plouffe has won plaudits for the use of technology and pioneering new applications, his message development and discipline, his management skills and his focus and competitiveness.

The Obama-Biden presidential campaign and Plouffe were awarded the Titanium and Integrated Grand Prix Awards from the Cannes International Advertising Festival (2009). The campaign won for the effort’s digital savvy, its success in community building and its willingness to allow the Obama brand to be created by consumers rather than top-down communications mandates.

In 2010, Plouffe was number 4 on Newsweek’s list of “New Thought Leaders,” and The Daily Beast named him as one of the “25 Smartest People of the Decade.” GQ named Plouffe in 2012 the third most powerful person in Washington.

Plouffe is the author of The New York Times best seller, The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory and has been a Contributor for ABC News and Bloomberg Television. In 2013 he was inducted into The American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame.

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