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Avis and Hertz Struggle to Find Path to Car Rental Profit

Avis and Hertz Struggle to Find Path to Car Rental Profit

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Business still isn't great for Hertz or Avis, but at least they aren't hurting as much anymore. The next few quarters will prove whether they can burst out of a multiyear slump or will continue to muddle forward.

11 months ago

Uber Didn’t Listen Enough to Cities, a Top European Exec Concedes

Uber Didn’t Listen Enough to Cities, a Top European Exec Concedes

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Uber has tried hard to change its image in recent years, but has it worked?

12 months ago

6 Uber IPO Roadshow Takeaways Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

6 Uber IPO Roadshow Takeaways Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Uber certainly isn't making a profit yet, which isn't the worst thing in the world, considering the mammoth market opportunity. Still, investors in its initial public offering should know it could take several years before that red ink turns black.

12 months ago

Uber Secures $1 Billion Funding for Self-Driving Unit Ahead of IPO

Uber Secures $1 Billion Funding for Self-Driving Unit Ahead of IPO

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

The autonomous-car unit is a very costly endeavor with Uber not making any profits. But the latest $1 billion investment helps Uber to go on its IPO roadshow with additional fuel.

12 months ago

Uber’s Airport Rides Still Small Part of Business, IPO Filing Reveals

Uber’s Airport Rides Still Small Part of Business, IPO Filing Reveals

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expect new light on the importance of airport rides to the fortunes of Uber to prompt more airport authorities and ground transportation companies to pressure the company harder for various concessions.

12 months ago

Lyft Posts Big Gains in Public Debut As It Continues to Lose Money

Lyft Posts Big Gains in Public Debut As It Continues to Lose Money

Olivia Zaleski and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Lyft lost $911 million on revenues of $2.2 billion last year. Yet its stock closed up more than 8 percent on the day of its IPO. What a world.

1 year ago

Uber Buys Middle East Rival Careem for $3.1 Billion

Uber Buys Middle East Rival Careem for $3.1 Billion

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Aside from getting rid of a worthy competitor and making it family, the deal bolsters Uber’s position as a global player against rival Lyft as both head for a public listing.

1 year ago

Lyft’s Good Problem to Have: Its IPO Is Oversubscribed

Lyft’s Good Problem to Have: Its IPO Is Oversubscribed

Olivia Zaleski and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Looks like Lyft's initial public offering is already oversubscribed. Investors are willing to overlook its significant losses and forget that strong demand ahead of an offering does not mean success in public markets. As Facebook has shown.

1 year ago

Lyft Expected to Reveal a $2 Billion IPO Plan Anytime Now

Lyft Expected to Reveal a $2 Billion IPO Plan Anytime Now

Olivia Zaleski and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Lyft aims for a market valuation of $20 billion to $25 billion, which will make its offering the biggest from a technology upstart since Snap’s IPO two years ago.

1 year ago

Uber Closes in on Selling $1 Billion Stake in Its Self-Driving Car Unit

Uber Closes in on Selling $1 Billion Stake in Its Self-Driving Car Unit

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Given the massive bet it has on Uber, SoftBank will want to do all to ensure the ridehailing company's success — including bankrolling Uber’s very expensive self-driving car unit.

1 year ago

SoftBank Invests Another $1.5 Billion in Singapore’s Grab

SoftBank Invests Another $1.5 Billion in Singapore’s Grab

Yoolim Lee and Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Already a major investor in Singapore's Grab, SoftBank is pumping in more big money into the ridehailing company, which is in a two-horse race with Indonesia's Go-Jek to gain dominance in Southeast Asia. We're tightening our seat belts watching this epic battle.

1 year ago

Ayala May Back Ridehailing Service Go-Jek’s Expansion in the Philippines

Ayala May Back Ridehailing Service Go-Jek’s Expansion in the Philippines

Yoolim Lee, Claire Jiao and Cecilia Yap, Bloomberg

The oldest and largest conglomerate in the Philippines, whose business is primarily real estate and hotels, is investing in technology companies. Go-Jek is likely next. That would end Grab's monopoly in the Philippines.

1 year ago