Robert Cyran, U.S. tech columnist, joined Breakingviews in London in 2003 and moved four years later to New York, where he continues to cover global technology, pharmaceuticals and special situations. Robert began his career at Forbes magazine, where he assisted in the startup of the international version of the magazine. Before working at Breakingviews he worked as a market researcher and reporter covering the pharmaceutical industry. Robert has a Masters degree in economics from Birmingham University and an undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
A few months unclaimed has left the top U.S. prize at $1.6 bln. A successful punter or several will become at least as well off as founders of a hefty tech unicorn. Rubbing shoulders on rich lists might rankle with startup billionaires – but their wealth owes plenty to luck, too.
The ride-hailing company has tapped the junk market for $2 bln, even though it generates no EBITDA from which to pay interest. Investors are betting either that Uber will turn a profit – or more likely, that its dash for growth will lure future investors who can pay them back.
Steve Jobs once wanted to destroy Google for copying the iPhone. The company he founded is now dependent on the search engine and its parent Alphabet for around 10 pct of its profit. The growth of mobile search and the market for secondhand phones will bind the two even tighter.