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Uber is offering 180 million shares for $44 and $50 and that will value the company at about $84 billion

The stock market is declining while the IPO market is hotter than ever this week. At least 15 IPO deals are expected to be priced this week and this is the biggest week since 2015. What most investors are focusing on now is Uber which is the biggest U.S company deal since Facebook in 2012.

Uber is finish with its roadshow in London, Boston and San Francisco, and the company is expected to price the sale on Thursday this week. The demand for the stock is strong and investors have put in orders for at least three times the amount of stock on offer.

Uber can raise as much as $9 billion and if that happen it will be the largest this year. It`s not clear what the price for stock will be but I think that the turmoil in the market at the moment will have an impact of the price range.

Uber is offering 180 million shares for $44 and $50 and that will value the company at about $84 billion. They have $11 billion in revenue and about $50 billion in gross bookings. Like Lyft, they have big operating losses.

Last year, Uber lost $3,03 billion in the 12 months through March. This is the largest loss ever for a U.S startup in the year before an IPO, and they have a lot of challenges.

More than 82% of the revenue comes from ridesharing while 13% comes from food delivery. Uber has a deal with McDonalds and used to get a 20% commission on deliveries. McDonalds renegotiatied the deal, and now Uber gets a 15% commission.

Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi is trying to sell Wall Street his vision that Uber will become the dominant force in all forms of transportation. But the competition is intense in many places around the globe.

China have its own Didi Chuxing while India has Zomato and Swiggy for food delivery. Didi is also in Latin America where they compete with Doordash, and all of them in the food delivery business.

Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a strike from 7 am to 9 am on Wednesday to protest their wages, their treatment as independent contractors rather than employees, and the lack of regulation governing the new sector.

Drivers have challenged the ride-sharing companies many times for refusing to deem them employees, which means they are responsible for maintenance of their own vehicles as well as gas and insurance, which greatly reduces the amount they can earn per hour.

Their competitor Lyft went public in April this year and entered the market with its IPO price of $72 per share. The stock soared on their debut but it came down again as IPO`s usually does, and now the stock is trading about 16 percent below its IPO price.

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Lyft is kicking off its IPO road show and expects to raise as much as $2,1 billion

A lot of unicorns are coming into the market and Lyft is the next to go public. It is an on-demand transportation company primarily providing ride-haling services like Uber. The company was launched in June 2012 and operates in approximately 300 U.S cities.

Lyft is kicking off its IPO road show this month and their goal is to get on the public market in April. The valuation is about $23 billion for Lyft and thats way beyond Ubers valuation of $150 billion. Lyft will be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker LYFT:

Lyft expects to raise as much as $2,1 billion through the sale of stock in a price range between $62 and $68. Not all of their shares will be sold to the public and they will hold less than half the votes among shareholders. So far, Lyft has collected about $5 billion in total private equity investment to date.

Revenue last year came in at $2,2 billion and their growth have skyrocketed by about 500 percent since 2016. Their losses are also skyrocketing while the loss last year reached $911,3 million. Lyft lose twice as much as their competitor Uber.

The venture capitalists have so far funded the company and now it is the publics turn. And Lyft need cash now. The companys cash and cash equivalents fell 53 percent to about $518 million during the course of 2018.

Lyft is like Uber disrupting the taxi industry but also the way people move around. The taxi industry as we know it today will change dramatically. Lyft and Uber`s business model will change the way people think about a vehicle and how they move around.

Not only that. We are not far away from self-driving cars, and that will be a huge game changer. And when that day comes, what will be the difference between Lyft and Uber? On top of that; they will face a lot of competition from established automakers.

You can imagine how it will be in the market if automakers like Tesla are joining the business by selling people rides to the people instead of selling them cars? What car do you prefer on your ride?

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Electronic scooters and Smart bikes are taking off and the world will be cleaner and healthier

Lime is now teaming up with Uber to make the world smarter. The electronic scooter rental company Lime will be founded by Uber Technologies Inc as part of a $335 million financing round, Lime said on Monday.

The idea is led by Alphabet Inc`s vemtire arm GV, and they values the scooter business at $1,1 billion. Uber plans to promote Lime in its mobile application and slap its logo on the scooters.

This is an idea I came up with about twenty years ago, and a few months later it was a hit. At that time it was without a vehicle. Electric scooters have been on the market for a long time, but now it seems to be a hit worldwide.

Lime was focused on the idea that mobility can be smart, equitable, and fun. By connecting cities and improving the way people experience first and last mile transportation, we aim to leave future generations with cleaner, healthier planet, Lime said.

From smart bikes to electronic scooters and beyond, Lime said they are committed to building strong social bonds, lasting community relationships, and the worlds most versatile smart mobility fleet.

I also came up with the idea of making City Bikes about twenty years ago. It`s funny because nobody had City Bikes at that time. I gave the idea to a friend of mine, and he worked on it. Now, it is everywhere. Even more fun is that Uber has started with the same idea. Twenty years later.

Uber took a huge stake with a startup called Jump Bikes, which rents electric bicycles, before acquiring the business for more than $100 million in April this year. Uber are planning to roll out more City Bikes in many cities around the world.

Lime is only 18 months old but released its e-scooters in Paris last month. The «free-floating» electric scooters are out on the streets and they are controlled with a mobile app. So far, they have been very popular in Washington DC and San Francisco. Now, they take Europe by storm.

The scooters are lightweight, easy to spot to their bright green motors and nippy, with a maximum speed of 15 miles (24 km/h). You locate the nearest one with the app and turn it on by scanning the QR code on the handlebars.

At this point you are charged €1 in Europe and $1 in the U.S. Then you will be charged 15 cents for every minute of ride time. Now, as the weather is fine, it can be cheaper to rent a scooter than taking the crowded bus to the town.

Paris has a chaotic time for its transport network, so Lime is coming in at the right time. It wont be less chaotic when Tour de France is coming to an end in about three weeks. Serving cities is at the core of Limes mission.

From electric scooters to smart bikes, Limes dock free mobility solution reduce traffic congestion, promote healthy living, and solve the all-important challenge of the first and last mile. And thats just the beginning.

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Taxidrivers could become extinct

If you work as a taxi driver you must have a plan B, because someone out there will change the game. Thousands of taxi drivers will be replaced by robots. The driverless cars is one of the biggest and fast growing technology trends at the moment.

Goolge have been working on a driverless car for some years now, and many others are working with the same case. Google said they will be ready for the mainstream market in about five to ten years, but driverless cars is in use already today!

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The UK government is pouring about $30 million into those driverless cars, and Britain have real driverless cars on real roads in four different places in the country today, right now. “An essential part will be an effective and fast communication between cars, and between cars and existing and future roadside infrastructure,” said Dr Evtim Peytchev, of Nottingham Trent University.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, backing driverless car trials in four cities, believes driverless transport could become a £900 billion industry worldwide by 2025.

Google is not alone on the market for this new technology trend.

Audi`s next generation A7 is on the road today, and Mercedes, BMW, Volvo and Toyota are working to make a big advantage in the new auto market. But what`s funny is that some of the innovative companies in this new market isn`t real car company`s.

One of them is Google, but Apple is also on this trend now.

Google`s driverless cars have traveled thousands of miles and most importantly; without an accident! Awesome.

One of the biggest privately held technology company`s is Uber, which I have talked much about in my recent articles. Google venture is not only investing in real hi-tech company`s, and it is no secret that Google have invested huge amount of money in Uber. A company that is taking the world by storm right now.

Uber have so far made many taxi drivers angry, and Uber have disrupted the old traditional taxicab market already. This is just the beginning. Uber and Google will shock the market again, but this time it will be critical for the taxi drivers. Reason: driverless cars + Uber. What a mix. But there is a drawback; Uber and Google may have a conflict of interests, because Google is so far along on the ride-sharing portion of this combination.

Taxidrivers will be history.

Your cab in the future will be a smart phone on four wheels.

Taxidrivers have been angry about Ubers innovative business model, but what are they gonna do when the driverless cabs comes to the market? They will be fired. You think that a human/taxi driver is better and safer than a computer but it isn`t. A «driver» is safer on the road than a human/taxi driver.

The driverless cars will make peoples`s life easier and cheaper. CEO`s and other workers can use the new car/cab as an office instead of driving the car. Some companies will organize driverless carpools for their employees if they work overtime.

Parents can send their kids to the school and other activities without a driver/busy parent.

They say it is safe, but is it 100% safe? What if the driverless car crash. Who are responsible? Who can you blame on?

According to The New York Times, policy makers and regulators have argued that new laws will be required if driverless vehicles are to become a reality because “the technology is now advancing so quickly that it is in danger of outstripping existing law, some of which dates back to the era of horse-drawn carriages”.

 


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Airbnb IPO

Sharing economy has become very popular and companies like Uber and Airbnb has caused a paradigm shift in the travel business, and Airbnb are now planning to go public. That can happen as soon as next year.

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The privately owned company Airbnb is founded in 2008 by Brian Chesky (CEO), Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk. The firm is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Airbnb is a website for people to rent out lodging. Users of the site must register and create a personal online profile before using the site. Every property is associated with a host whose profile includes recommendations by other users, reviews by previous guests, as well as a response rating and private messaging system.

Airbnb have just completed its latest round of fundraising, giving it a valuation of more than $10 billion. The company serves 1 million guests each month, with over 800,000 listings in more than 190 countries.

As of July 2011, the company had raised $119,8 million in venture funding from different partners. In April 2014, Airbnb closed on an investment of $450 million by TPG Capital at a valuation of approximately $10 billion.

Revenue is expected to reach as much as $1 billion in 2015, and that`s a big jump from $250 million in 2013. Airbnb could be the worlds second largest «hotel» company if it surpasses Starwood and Marriott, trailing only Hilton. It`s already bigger than Wyndham and Hyatt hotel chains with their valuation of $10 billion.

Airbnb is growing. In May 2011, they acquired a German competitor, Accoleo. That`s their fist international Airbnb office in Hamburg. In October same year, they established its second international office in London.

In 2012, they opened six more offices in cities like Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Moscow, Sao Paulo and Copenhagen. Their European headquarters would be located in Dublin. In 2012, they said they had focus on Australia, the second largest Airbnb market behind the United States, as well as Thailand and Indonesia.

They have earlier announced its strategy to move more aggressively into the Asian market with the launch of their newest headquarers in Singapore. The company`s goal is to acquire an additional 2 million properties within the continent.

I have earlier talked about Uber and their challenges. Some people say their business is illegal and so is it about Airbnb. Other people say their business model has raised legal concerns. Especially in New York, where state Attorney General Eric Schnederman launched a probe into the business. He suggest that more than half of Airbnb`s New York listings could be illegal.

Airbnb still belive in their business model and continue to work on an IPO.

 

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