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Battle in China became global: Uber CEO on exit from China

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Months after selling its stake in China, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick today said it sold its stake to rival Didi since the "battle in became global", prompting the US-based company to focus on other areas such as Ubereats, driverless cars and markets like

"The battle in had become global. We had sovereign wealth of being invested in our competition globally. We had American tech companies that were being compelled to invest in our competitor in And so battle had become a global battle," Kalanick said at the TiE Global Summit here.


In August, the Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing announced of Uber's operations in in a USD 35 billion deal. While Didi acquired Uber China's brand, business operations and data, Uber received 5.89 per cent share of the combined entity, totalling 17.7 per cent economic interest in Didi Chuxing.

Interestingly, Didi is an investor in Uber's rival Ola in as well as Lyft, a competitor to Uber in the US.

"At some point we realised that we can't do everything ourselves. So we partnered in so that we can focus on other interesting things we are doing worldwide like Ubereats, what is going on in India, driverless cars. There are whole bunch of things that we needed to focus on. We could not do everything ourselves. We did put our heart and soul in that effort (operations)," he said.

Kalanick, who is on a five-day trip to India, yesterday said the company was losing USD 200 million a month in and that merging was a "great strategy".

The billionaire entrepreneur started Scour (a file sharing service) with four other co-founders and then went on to set up another file sharing platform, Red Swoosh before starting Uber with Garrett Camp in 2009.

Asked about his views on the ideal number of co-founders for a successful startup venture, Kalanick said: "The thing is when you have too many co-founders...It takes too long to arrive at a decision. Solo, likewise, is a tough road too."

In India, many of the Unicorn Club members (private companies with valuation of over USD one billion) like Flipkart (Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal), Snapdeal (Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal), Ola (Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati) and Zomato (Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah) have two co-founders.

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First Published: Fri, December 16 2016. 14:57 IST
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