Liz Gannes

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Uber Sets Out to Raise Big New Round, for Real This Time

Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-hailing appmaker, is raising a new round of funding.

travis-kalanickThis comes just two months after the company aggressively disputed a Reuters report that claimed it was seeking funding at a valuation of $1 billion or more.

Tweeted CEO Travis Kalanick at the time, “Uber hasn’t spoken to a single investor about raising $ since Nov ’11. Any reports to the contrary (i.e. Reuters) are completely false.”

Reuters later modified its story significantly, reporting that an Uber investor had reached out to an unnamed venture capital firm simply to float the idea of a new round.

Evidently, the situation has changed since then. Multiple sources tell AllThingsD that Uber took meetings with investors yesterday, the first in a new fundraising push to fuel expansion and fight competition. It’s not yet clear which investors may be involved and what funding amounts and valuation are being discussed.

Reached for comment via email today, Kalanick struck a less dismissive tone. “I’m not in a position to discuss our financing plans,” he said.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik