In early July, we highlighted that three SoftBank-backed Asian Rivals (Didi Kuaidi, GrabTaxi, and Ola) had combined to out-raise Uber. Now it looks like the tables have turned.
After a huge new $1.2B round led by Baidu to accelerate Uber’s China efforts, Uber has now raised $7.8B in total funding (including convertible notes). The three SoftBank-backed apps, meanwhile, have raised just over $7B, though Ola is reportedly looking to close a $500M deal at a $5B valuation which would boost the aggregate valuation of the three apps to $23.3B and put their total funding closer to Uber’s.
The updated chart below compares Uber vs. the SoftBank-backed taxi hailing apps on valuation and total funding. Note: Didi Kuaidi’s financing includes funding raised by two separate car-hailing services — Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache — before they merged to create Didi Kuaidi in February 2015.
The big money gets bigger
The role of nominally public market investors — e.g. mutual funds and hedge funds — and corporates in the ride-hailing wars becomes clear once Uber’s US rival Lyft is added to the mix.
As the business social graph below highlights, there are an increasing number of big money investors including sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, and mutual funds backing more than one of the ride-hailing apps competing against Uber. Not only that, but Lyft’s latest round counted SoftBank-backed Didi Kuaidi (which has also backed GrabTaxi) as an investor, as well as Didi Kuaidi investor Tencent.
In total, there are four investors who have invested in three of the ride-hailing companies — Tiger Global Management, Coatue Management, SoftBank Corp., and Hillhouse Capital Management. Curiously, Hillhouse has invested in Didi Kuaidi and GrabTaxi, as well as Uber.
Uber remains the biggest big money magnet
But while big money investors are piling in to Uber’s rivals, Uber outnumbers each of the Asian ride-hailing apps (as well as Lyft) when it comes to total hedge fund and mutual fund backers, which in Uber’s case include Fidelity Investments, BlackRock, Glade Brook Capital, Lone Pine Capital, and Valiant Capital Partners, among others. However, there are more individual hedge funds and mutual funds in aggregate backing the group of Uber rivals together than Uber itself.
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