Incidentally, Didi is an investor in Uber's rival Ola in India as well as Lyft, a competitor to Uber in the US. "At some point we realised that we can't do everything ourselves. So we partnered in China so that we can focus on other interesting things we are doing worldwide like Ubereats, what is going on in India, driverless cars. There are whole bunch of things that we needed to focus on. We could not do everything ourselves, so it is emotional. We did put our heart and soul in that effort (China operations)," he said.
Kalanick, who is on a five-day trip to India, on Thursday said the company was losing $200 million a month in China and that merging was a "great strategy". In a freewheeling fireside chat with Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in the Capital on Thursday, Kalanick said that he would even apply for Indian citizenship if it helps in dealing with regulatory hassles better.
“If it is about whether I am personally Indian, I will apply to be a citizen of India if this what gets us over the hump. I think at the end of the day it is about the innovation that is being brought, it is about how we are serving, are we bringing efficiency and positive outcomes for our riders, I think we are. I do not agree with all the comments out there, at the end of the day we respect competing with Ola, and I think we have competed well and fairly and would continue to do so," he said.
The billionaire entrepreneur started Scour (a file sharing service) with four other co-founders while at UCLA and then went on to set up another file sharing platform, Red Swoosh before starting Uber with Garrett Camp in 2009.
Asked about his views on the ideal number of co-founders for a successful startup venture, Kalanick said: "the thing is when you have too many co-founders is that it takes too long to arrive at a decision. Solo, likewise, is a tough road too."