Boston’s newest Uber driver: Kayak co-founder Paul English and his Tesla Model S

Paul English speaks to colleagues at his startup incubator, Blade.
Paul English speaks to colleagues at his startup incubator, Blade.

One of the newest Uber drivers in Boston knows a thing or two about travel.

Paul English, the co-founder of travel search company Kayak, recently signed up to ferry people around town using the popular ride-hailing app.

“I’ll be driving my Tesla around town, so I’m really excited,” English said this week.

English is using his all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85, an all-electric car whose base price is $105,000. He tweeted about his first trip on Thursday, earning a whopping $7.79 for driving a local college student home.

Uber is a side gig for English, who is currently working on a secretive travel-related startup through his new company, Blade. He probably doesn’t need the money: Kayak held an initial public offering in July 2012, and was acquired by Priceline for $1.8 billion a few months later.

English added that he’s an admirer of Uber and its chief executive, Travis Kalanick, who has earned fans and critics for taking on old-school taxi regulations that have threatened to hamper Uber’s growth in some states.

“Uber just has this amazing appetite to aggressively go against legislation” that protects incumbent competitors, he said.

English is not the first local entrepreneur to pick up a few bucks by picking up riders. Boloco co-founder John Pepper briefly worked as a part-time Uber driver too when he was forced out of the company in 2014.

Pepper, who also gave rides in a Tesla Model S, returned to the Boston burrito chain earlier this year.

A Tesla Model S
A Tesla Model S