Uber is racking up tremendous losses in a high-stakes bid to make a dent in China’s car-hailing market, its CEO revealed this week.
“We are profitable in the U.S., but in China we’re losing over a billion dollars a year,” Travis Kalanick, the CEO and cofounder of Uber, said during an on-stage appearance at Vancouver’s Launch Academy on Monday, which we watched later via Periscope.
If that sounds insane, Kalanick claims it’s because today’s startup market is even more insane.
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“Look, we’re in China where we have a fierce competitor who is raising billions of dollars, but is unprofitable in every city that they exist in,” Kalanick says, presumably referring to rival Didi Kuaidi. “The question for us is do we want to exist in China or not, and can we contain the irrational long enough to get to the point where the world