Uber-SoftBank deal is almost done

Uber-SoftBank deal is almost done

Uber-SoftBank deal “very likely” to be finalized in the next week

The Uber-SoftBank deal is almost done, said Arianna Huffington on stage at  WSJ D.Live  in Laguna Beach on Monday. When pressed as SoftBank’s multi-billion dollar investment in Uber could be finalized within the week, the Uber board member replied that it’s “Very likely.”

confirmed communication  in the company at the last private valuation and also a secondary transaction, buying out before shareholders at a yet-to-be-determined discount.

Uber is still “waiting on what’s going to transpire in terms of the price,” said Huffington.

She added that have SoftBank “on your cap table is very important when they’re also investing in so many many of ourests around the world.” Implying that there could be more acquisitions in ridesharing, she said to “Expecting see some consolidation. “

Huffington also spoke about the difficult period Uber has faced in the past few months. The company’s work environment had come under fire, leading to the departure of several pet, founder covis and CEO Travis Kalanick.

“If your culture is driven by growth at the expense of other things, there are consequences,” said Huffington. “Culture, we’re now recognizing, is the immune system of a company.

She voiced optimism about Uber’s new leader, Dara Khosrowshahi. Calling him “unflappable,” she said that there’s a renewed focus on image. His “goal is to get people to love the company and not just the product.”

Huffington also said that Khosrowshahi has a greater focus on cost-cutting, in order to meet the goal of taking Uber public by 2019.