5 glimpses into Uber VP Brian McClendon’s crystal ball

Brian McClendon — vice president of maps and business platform at Uber — may reside in Silicon Valley, but his roots are here in the prairie. Originally from Lawrence, Kan., McClendon graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in electrical engineering and now serves on several advisory boards for his alma mater. Sporting a KU shirt, McClendon kicked off Techweek KC as the festival’s first keynote speaker Monday. McClendon founded Keyhole, Inc., a geospatial data visualization company that was purchased by Google in 2004. The firm would later become Google Earth and Maps. McClendon eventually went on lead Google’s mapping efforts for a decade before hopping to Uber. In speaking to a crowd of about 200 people at the Sprint Accelerator Monday, McClendon made an array of predictions…


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