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Uber to double down on hiring techies in India, files for an IPO

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Online ride-hailing platform has announced to double its workforce in the product and engineering departments -- from over 500 to more than 1,000 'technologists' -- at its and facilities next year.

India aims to hire full-stack teams that include product managers, product designers, data scientists, user researchers, mobile, front-end and back-end engineers, as well as (ML) and (AI) experts, the company said in a statement late Friday.

"In 2018, our tech teams grew by 150 per cent and we are focused on doubling down again in 2019," said Apurva Dalal, Head of Engineering, India.

According to the company, its tech centres in and are critical to the global mission of developing for everyone.

"Engineers are working on exciting areas of Customer Engagement, Rider access (next billion riders), Uber Eats, Maps, Marketplace and Data platforms," informed Dalal.

Uber said it will continue to hire talent from top engineering universities in the country.

Uber Engineering India has developed some key innovations such as Uber Lite which is a lighter and faster version of the main app.

Uber currently operates in 31 cities in the country and aims to take its services to other, deeper parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the cab hailing app has filed paperwork for its initial public offering (IPO), reported on Saturday citing people familiar with the matter.

The details of Uber's filing, including the exact day of filing the paperwork, were not known.

According to reports, the company's most recent private valuation was $76 billion, when it sold a roughly $500 million stake to

The Uber's IPO move came a day after Lyft, its main competitor in the US, deposited paperwork with the (SEC) for an IPO.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 13:16 IST
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