Roman Abramovich re-invested in Uber competitor


Company Via Transportation Inc., developed a service for finding fellow travelers to explore the city attracted investments worth $100 million, reports Bloomberg with reference to the General Director and co-founder Daniel Ramot. In the investment round participated including Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, reports the Agency, without specifying the amount of investment of the businessman in a startup.

According to Ramot, in April Via has already received $70 million and is now negotiating an additional $30 million in the coming weeks. He refused to name the cost of startup.

Globes.co.il with reference to the message Via Transportation Inc. writes that Abramovich participated in the investment round through a Cyprus company Ervington Investments, which he is beneficiary. The round was led by Pitango venture capital Fund Growth, also took part in the Poalim Capital Markets and C4 Ventures.

“Creates Via the public transport system of the future”, — quotes the edition the statement of Daniel Ramot, and another co-founder, Oren Shobal. They noted that the existing transport infrastructure is not always able to meet the growing demand”, and the system Via offers a rational solution to the problems of congestion and air pollution.

Roman Abramovich supports the startup Via not for the first time. In April 2015, Reuters reported that Ervington Investments has joined a pool of investors, in the aggregate invested in service of $27 million In the number of investors Via then also entered the media group Hearst Corp.

Company Via Transportation Inc. developed a mobile application that offers a service of carpooling — car sharing — in several American cities. The development of this service have been inspired by Israeli bus “saruti”, which is very popular, writes Reuters. Service Via was launched in new York in 2013. There is the headquarters of the company. The development center is in tel Aviv. With the latest round of Via have attracted investments of $137 million.

The online service of a call taxi service Uber in December 2015, was valued by investors at $62,5 billion In April, Bloomberg with reference to sources wrote that the capital of the company is at least $6 billion.

In January, the sources said that USM Holdings billionaire Alisher Usmanov and his partners invested in Uber tens of millions of dollars. In February, investment company LetterOne, controlled by Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman, German Khan and Alexei Kuz’micheva, reported that was invested in Uber’s $200 million in the Fall of 2015 about investing in Uber also announced a venture capital Fund, VC Partners of the Caspian Ziaudin Magomedov. The amount of investment he did not disclose.

Billionaire Yuri Milner supports Indian Uber rival — Ola service. In April 2015, his DST Global Fund headed a round of investment in Ola, during which the startup raised $314 million In November, the Financial Times reported that DST Global has invested in Ola again. The exact amount of funding provided by DST Global, was not specified. All round Ola has attracted $500 million