Uber raises $1.2bn at massive $40bn valuation

Uber has raised more than $2.9 billion since it was founded in 2009

Maria Tadeo@mariatad
Friday 05 December 2014 10:29
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The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone
The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone

Uber has completed its latest round of funding, valuing the taxi booking firm at a whopping $40 billion.

The company said it had raised $1.2 billion at a $40 billion valuation, more than double its $17 billion valuation just six months ago. Overall, Uber has raised more than $2.9 billion since it was founded in 2009.

In a blog post, Uber's co-founder Travis Kalanick said the financing will allow the company to make substantial investments, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, and generate one million jobs worldwide next year. The San Francisco- based company currently operates in over 250 cities in 50 countries.

Mr Kalanick also addressed Uber's most recent controversy after top executive Emil Michael suggested the company would be willing to spend $1 million digging up dirt about journalists if they wrote disfavourable reviews.

"The events of the recent weeks have shown us that we also need to invest in internal growth and change. Acknowledging mistakes and learning from them are the first steps," he added.

The scandal came at a difficult time for the firm, which has been attacked for its cutthroat tactics, including allegations that it bullied rival Lyft and blocked potential investors from funding taxi app Hailo.

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