According to the Wall Street Journal, the ride-hailing company has been interviewing several employees from Luxe’s 60-person staff to determine who would join the company as part of the “acquihire.”
Luxe, a San Francisco-based startup, enables users to request valets to park their car at a discounted fee via an app. In the short four years it has been operating, Luxe has raised over $75 million in venture funding from investors including Hertz, Venrock, and GV.
Even so, the company seems to have experienced its share of struggles; earlier this year Luxe had to shut down its Seattle operations and delayed its service in Los Angeles and Austin, consequently laying off numerous employees as a result.
The potential deal’s details are not yet available to the public, but it has been reported that Luxe would consider only selling portions of the business whilst retaining its brand. According to Recode Curtis Lee, Luxe CEO, will not be joining Uber as part of an acquisition.
Last year, Uber acquired A.I. startup Geometric Intelligence for an undisclosed amount, and autonomous transportation company Otto for $680 million. However, it seems that Uber may not be Luxe’s only suitor.
Rumors of an acquisition have risen at a time when Uber is faced with internal turmoil following sexual harassment and discrimination allegations against the ride-hailing company, and the recent calls for CEO Travis Kalanick to “take a break” from the business for a few months.