Uber Steps on the Gas in Asia Expansion

Taxis in the New Market area of Kolkata, West Bengal, India, on Nov. 1, 2013. Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

While Uber's Allen Penn prepared to move last year from Chicago to Singapore to run the car-booking provider's Asia operations, a colleague e-mailed him a link to a world map that showed a circle covering the Asia region. The caption read, "There are more people living inside this circle than outside of it."

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