Fairness transcribed: Why Om Malik thinks ‘the VC sponsored life is over’


It’s time for one other transcribed version of Fairness. This week for the often scheduled episode we had the entire crew pop into the San Francisco studio. Kate Clark, Connie Loizos and Alex Wilhelm have been joined by Om Malik, former journalist and present VC at True Ventures.

They convened simply after Uber priced, so that they had quite a bit to dig into: The low value, wouldn’t it pop and would the previous CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick be on the ringing of the bell in New York (he wasn’t).

But it surely wasn’t all Uber; they talked Carta, Cruise and Harry’s. Beneath is an excerpt. And are available again quickly for an emergency episode the place Alex and Kate will go deeper on the Uber IPO. For entry to the complete transcription, grow to be a member of Further Crunch. Study extra and check out it totally free. 

Alex: Properly, I wish to return to the worth actually fast as a result of $82 billion is under the 90 we had heard after we’d heard the 120 again in October. So this can be a dramatic downgrade in value, which I feel as mentioned Om mentioned is definitely fairly sensible as a result of they’ll have a pleasant pop and issues will get higher.

Connie: And likewise, while you look again, it by no means actually issues that a lot. I imply, I really feel like a few individuals have already pointed this out within the media right now. However Google, Fb, I imply, there’s been so many corporations the place their IPOs didn’t appear to even go very nicely. I simply don’t assume it actually goes to matter in the long run what occurs tomorrow.

Alex: Properly, the distinction although is Uber wants to boost a bunch of cash to remain alive. I imply, Fb once they went public had a comparatively tough put up IPO interval, had $1 billion in trailing hole internet earnings. They have been advantageous. Their IPO wasn’t that necessary except for the liquidity then. It wasn’t a fundraising metric. At this value, they’re going to elevate much less cash than they may’ve at the next value, they usually burn tons of it.

Kate: I feel there are plenty of the explanation why they in all probability did decrease their targets, however I feel one in all probability has to do with Lyft’s efficiency. So I feel we should always simply shortly go over. Lyft did launch their first earnings report this week, which was fairly attention-grabbing. The TL;DR is that they posted first quarter revenues of $776 million on losses of $1.14 billion, which did embrace 894 million of stock-based compensation associated payroll tax bills, which in different phrases, simply main IPO bills. So losses have been big, sure. The corporate’s revenues did surpass Wall Road estimates, which have been 740 million. However after all, with all of the IPO bills, losses got here in considerably greater.

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