It took me some time to get why so many people like using Uber.
While I rarely take taxis, I’ve used Uber a bit from time to time. Using Uber has been convenient and the best part is the fact that there is no exchange of money at the end of the ride. I still find a big negative to be not knowing the cost of your ride until it is over and the car pulls away.
The last I read, Uber had a value in the $50-70 billion range. That definitely sounds insane.
What about other companies similar to Uber like Lyft? Lyft’s valuation is at $4.9 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The numbers are up thanks to a big investment by a company owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed announced that Kingdom Holding Co. is buying 2.3 percent of Lyft for $104.9 million. This is “part of a larger investment by an unnamed group of $247.7 million“, which comes to 5.3% of the company.
Since I’ve never used Lyft or read much about the service, I learned from the WSJ that the company only operates in the US. The article mentions that Lyft scaled back plans to have expanded overseas.
I found this quite interesting since Lyft has taken the investment from Saudi Prince Alwaleed as well as one from China’s largest ride-share provider, Didi Kualdi.
By taking on more investors and increasing the value of the company, it makes me wonder if Lyft is eventually planning an expansion into China, Saudi Arabia or other destinations around the world.
Have you used Lyft before? If so, how does it compare to Uber?
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