Why is Zoox having such a hard time raising money?

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Jun 13, 2019 12 Comments

Why is Zoox having such a hard time raising money while Uber ATG, Lyft Level 5, Waymo, Cruise Automation, Aurora, Argo AI and Nuro are swimming in investments.


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  • Cruise Automation gotsjokes
    Building your own car from scratch is hard. Building your own Level 5 autonomous car from scratch is harder. They are avoiding working with OEMs.
    So from an investor's perspective they're a super long shot without that much benefit over the other self driving options
    Jun 14, 2019 0
  • Zoox Rmbr21
    Zoox is having hard times raising cash?

    Zoox series B: 500mil at 3.2B valuation, 15.6%
    Aurora series B: 500m at 2B valuation, 25%
    Nuro series B: 940m at ??, SoftBank money, really aggressive terms. Not a good round for them, even though it’s a lot of cash.

    Uber, Lyft, Waymo have backing companies.

    Cruise has backing cash but also partnerships. Not sure what dilution is like for these agreements.

    Argo also backed by ford and VW partnership. Not sure what terms are like for this funding.
    Jun 14, 2019 1
    • Zoox Rmbr21
      Nuro valuation at 2.7B, so that’s 34.8%
      Jun 14, 2019
  • Google verysundar
    Uber, waymo, cruise and aptiv have solid businesses to back their L5 efforts. Aurora was founded by former SDC stars.
    Jun 13, 2019 2
    • New TC
      what’s SDC?
      Jun 13, 2019
    • Nutanix / Eng gxbhsekmsa
      Self driving cars. The founders are all ex-CMU and are well known pioneers in the space.
      Jun 13, 2019
  • LinkedIn LOLmanCOW
    Prolly trash tech
    Jun 13, 2019 0
  • Drive.ai ei92Gk
    Aren’t they building their own car? Hard to partner with OEMs if you want to do it your own way
    Jun 14, 2019 0
  • Airbnb / Eng ckck
    Zoox is the best!
    Jun 15, 2019 1
  • Amazon ChivalryAF
    Lack of connections probably.
    Jun 13, 2019 1
    • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
      Zoox’s president & CTO is Arthur Levinson’s son. Their former CEO got quite a few Aussie connections too.
      Jun 13, 2019


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