Uber Technologies has attracted its fair share of notable investors over the past nine years, during which time it has raised more than $22 billion over eighteen financing rounds. At its highest, the company was valued at $70 billion--no doubt putting smiles on the faces of those who had the means and foresight to open their checkbooks.
In addition to stalwart Wall Street investment banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, and behemoth fund managers such as BlackRock, many angel investors were early to back the company during its launch phase, as well as co-founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, who kicked in seed money of their own.
Here are names of some of Uber's most notable investors, according to Crunchbase:
- Uber Technologies has attracted its fair share of notable investors over the past nine years, during which time it has raised more than $22 billion, over eighteen rounds.
- In addition to Wall Street's stalwart investment banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and aside from behemoth fund managers such as BlackRock, many 'angel' investors were early to back the company, during its launch phase.
- Some notable early investors include internet entrepreneurs Babak Nivi, Cyan Baniste, and Gary Vaynerchuk.
- Later round investors include Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and rapper Jay Z.
Adam Leber: Leber is an American entrepreneur, investor and talent manager, whose marquis clients include LSD, Labrinth, and Miley Cyrus.
Babak Nivi: Nivi is the founder of AngelList, an American website geared towards startups, job-seekers interested in working at startups, and angel investors.
Robin Sloan Bechtel: the founder Bechtel Ventures, a woman-run business that fosters partnerships between Hollywood movie studios and social media channels, Bechtel provided $1.3 million in Uber's first money-raising round.
Cyan Banister: Banister is an American angel investor and entrepreneur. In addition to Uber, she also invested early Postmates, Niantic, DeepMind, SpaceX. She is also known as the co-founder of Zivity, an adult-themed social networking site.
Gary Vaynerchuk: Vaynerchuk is a Belarusian-American author, entrepreneur and internet personality, who launched Vayner Media, which provides social media strategy consulting services to Fortune 500 companies.
Jason Calacanis: Calacanis is an American blogger, internet entrepreneur, author, and angel investor.
Babak "Bobby" Yazdani: Yazdani is an Iranian-American venture capitalist and entrepreneur.
Jeremy Stoppelman: Stoppelman is an American business executive and the CEO of Yelp.
Khaled Helioui: Helioui is an angel investor in mobility, fintech, food, agritech, education, and healthcare companies.
Other early Uber investors include Josh Spear, Alfred Lin, David Sachs, Dror Berman, Josh Spear, Kevin Hartz, and Mike Walsh. The full list on Crunchbase can be seen here.
Later Round Investors
Some notable later-round investors include American rap star Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, as well as institutional investors such as Fidelity Investments, Softbank, Tencent, and Axel Springer--the parent company of The Business Insider.