Word just got out that Uber is trying to go public at a $120B valuation. But it looks like Lyft is trying to beat its arch-rival to the punch!
The Wall Street Journal just reported today that Lyft picked a dream team banking squad led by JPMorgan Chase to lead its IPO, scheduled for early ’19.
Lyft’s banking on a market cap well above $15.1B, the valuation it scored in its latest private funding round in June so investors can hit their ROI targets.
And yes, Uber will be worth around 10x that but it would be a major score for Lyft to beat its ride-hailing foe to the public markets.
Ah, the IPOs!
Just like 1980’s Hulkamania, IPOs have been running wild in 2018.
VCs are getting their 10x, investors get in on the action, and founders get stinky rich. Oh yeah, baby. And even though most of them are unprofitable, they’re still scoring massive market valuations.
So when is this gonna go down?
As of now, Uber’s worth $70B. They’ve said all along they’ve planned to pop the public markets in the second half of 2019.
But according to the WSJ report, they could speed up their schedule and go live on the public markets as early as next year. Apparently Uber received valuation proposals last month from a Wall Street goon squad of their own in Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.
This is often the final stage before a company officially hires a bank to underwrite its offering. As expected, Lyft and Uber both declined to comment.
Why are they fighting to go first again?
Well, there’s no sophisticated reason behind other than the obvious. Even though it’s worth less, Lyft wants to offer ride-sharing stocks first before a competitor gets to satisfy market demand for the hot industry.
Here’s a thing to watch. Lyft is US and almost car-only. Although it’s making its play with its direct-to-user micromobility play with bikes and electric scooters.
Uber, on the other hand, is worldwide, operating in 600 cities in 78 countries. Uber’s even teaming up with taxis around the world and ish.
(Editor’s note: Watch out for tomorrow’s lead story on that!)
UberEats > Lyft
Another factor to consider. Uber’s UberEats—their fast-growing food delivery service—alone (rumored at $20B) could be worth more than Lyft as a whole.
Here’s the kicker: Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs’ valuation targets reportedly come from Uber’s non-rides businesses. In other words, Uber’s valuation doesn’t even come from its core business.
Let that sink in for a second.
Should Lyft beat Uber to the punch, that obviously is a huge win. Despite its smaller business, when it comes to hitching a paid ride, US app users look at Uber, then look at Lyft.
On the other hand, should Uber pull off the IPO first—especially in light of this news—going public would mark a huge symbolic victory for CEO Dara Khosrowshahi who took the reigns last summer on the heels of #MeToo scandals and a mass executive exodus.
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Millennials To Gen Z: 5 Ways They Differ In The Workplace
(Editor’s Note: The following article is a guest post by superstar entrepreneur and tech investor Jonathan Schultz.)
There has been plenty of focus on millennials in the past few years, but it’s now time to redirect our attention to Gen Z. Right now Gen Z is entering the workforce and are ready to become the face of corporate America.
While there are plenty of similarities between Gen Z and Millennials, let’s look at a few ways they differ.
Gen Z is more competitive
Millennials have been said to be collaborative and teamwork focused and want to operate in an environment where they feel included and part of something bigger. Gen Z is said to be more competitive and want to be judged based off of their individual performance.
Gen Z also understands that there is a need for consistent development in skills in order to compete. This generation will do whatever it takes but certainly wants to reap rewards for it.
Gen Z is highly idependent
Gen Z typically likes to work alone and many of them would rather have their own office space as opposed to working in open and collaborative environments. This generation also prefers to manage their own projects, so their unique skill sets can be exposed.
Gen Z does not want to depend on others to get things done.
Gen Z prefers face-to-face communication
Millennials love to communicate via email, text, and anything other than face-to-face. The Gen Z group are huge in-person interactors and prefer it over the less personal email or text.
Millennials have received a lot of “bad press” for being so attached to their phones and Gen Z wants to transition out of that shadow. This generation will want more in-person meetings to discuss projects, etc.
Gen Z knows technology
Gen Z has known nothing other than technology their entire lives. They grew up with Facebook, texting, etc. Millennials still grew up with landlines and dial-up internet.
While Millennials are tech-savvy, Gen Z has been living in a world of smartphones for as long as they can remember. This generations relationship to technology is almost instinctual rather than learned.
Gen Z expects the workplace to conform to their needs
Gen Z wants everything to be catered to their needs. This is why companies have had to re-think the amenities they offer and how they structure their offices in order to meet the needs of this young workforce.
Companies now have to appeal to this younger mindset and have a less cookie-cutter approach to the environment they create for their employees. While millennials also expect the workplace to conform to their needs, for Gen Z, it could mean the difference between accepting a job offer or not.
There are obviously very clear differences between these two generations. Yes, every member of a generation will have their own unique traits and characteristics, but overall you will see that Gen Z is a more independent and technologically-advanced group in comparison to Millennials.
Jonathan Schultz is an entrepreneur, real estate tech investor and influencer. He’s the co-founder of Onyx Equities, a leading private equity real estate firm, and has been voted one of the most powerful people in real estate. Follow Jon’s blog here.
GRAPH: 63 Fintech Startups That Are Targeting Millennials
Many fintech startups are leveraging existing technologies already popular among young adults such as social networks and mobile messaging.
Project crowdfunding sites GoFundMe and Andreessen Horowitz-backed Tilt, for example, mirror or take advantage of social networks and are largely popular among college audiences. Google Ventures and General Catalyst-backed HelloDigit transfers money directly via text message.
The graphic below breaks down the set of primarily US-based fintech companies appealing to the millennial generation including Robinhood, Acorns, Wealthfront, Earnest and more. (As we’ve also highlighted separately, startups in the digital banking market have attracted more than $10B since 2010.)