who is Travis?
Kalanick. The CEO of UBER.
In case you don't read this particular kind of news, here is a decent article giving some context: http://uk.businessinsider.com/uber-in-crisis-timeline-2017-3?r=US&IR=T
I would assume they (or she/he) are talking about Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber.
Not sure how this is relevant to design news?
As someone who hasn't followed this, why does everyone hate Kalanick so much?
I watched the dash cam video in the link above and he does appear to get heated and dickish, but the driver is also coming at him super aggressively. Surely there must be more reason than that?
Isn't he taking a leave and letting a group of execs run Uber?