$ 50 billion Uber could be the most expensive startup

    Company Uber discusses the possibility of a new round of funding. Sources familiar with the progress reported that the company's new valuation could rise to $ 50 billion. In the new round, Uber plans to raise about $ 1.5 billion.

    This time it is planned to raise funds not for the expansion of the company. Rather, it is a strategic move aimed at creating and strengthening partnerships.

    For several years, Uber has regularly attracted investment. Her score is growing rapidly. The company was founded in 2009 by Travis Kalanik. During its existence, it received about $ 4 billion. These funds were invested in the creation and development of a mobile application for searching, calling and paying for taxis.

    In addition, the company launched a number of services: UberEATS- food delivery service, UberRUSH - courier service. It is also planned to combine all these services into a single delivery service for customers in online stores.

    The company's plans are not limited to this. Today, Megamind wrote that Uber has expressed its intention to acquire the Nokia Here mapping service . The transaction value is estimated at $ 3 billion. However, other companies also claim the role of buyers. So far, Nokia has not made a final decision.

    Another Uber business is investing in the development of unmanned vehicles.

    In December, Uber closed the round at $ 1.2 billion with a valuation of $ 40 billion. If the company's valuation grows to $ 50 billion, it will become the most expensive private start-up, ahead of the Chinese company Xiaomi with a valuation of $ 45 billion.

    Uber representatives declined to comment on negotiations on a new round of financing, according to the New York Times.

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