WeWork, the $47 billion co-working company, is gearing up for a huge IPO this year. Here's everything we know about what's going on.
The We Company, better known as WeWork, is preparing for an initial public offering. Backed by SoftBank, the managed office company was last valued at $47 billion. Like other unicorns going public, the company is losing billions – last year, both its revenue and losses doubled. CEO and cofounder Adam Neumann has been in the spotlight for his unusual pitches, accounting methods, and potential conflicts of interest, as well as a range of far-flung investments with WeWork money. Business Insider reports regularly on the latest developments at WeWork. You can read our stories by subscribing to BI Prime.
Here's what we know about what's going on inside of $47 billion WeWork right now, from its path to an initial public offering to CEO and cofounder Adam Neumann's leadership evolution and investment appetite: Financials and real estate
Here's what we know about Fibra Uno - the Mexico real estate company that's WeWork's biggest landlord. It highlights how quickly the co-working company has been growing overseas. We got a peek at WeWork's top landlords. Here's who is most exposed to the fast-growing, but money-losing, coworking company as it prepares to IPO. WeWork's CFO says it will generate $2 billion in profit on the desks it's opened this year, and it shows the importance of the 'space-as-a-service' model WeWork's 'entirely new, nonsense' way of evaluating its profits is eerily similar to the tech bubble The past 4 years of WeWork's pre-IPO financials show just how important cash flow is to the company's growth WeWork reported its financials for 2018 and both its revenue — and losses — doubled One of WeWork's buildings is profitable, and the company says it's a vindication of its model WeWork documents reveal it owes $18 billion in rent and is burning through cash as it seeks more funding
WeWork's CEO raised $4.4 billion from a Saudi-backed fund, but said going forward he'd consider declining investments on moral grounds How WeWork's CEO grew a $10 billion relationship with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, whom he calls 'Yoda' It took a day for WeWork's CEO to recover from the shock of a $16 billion SoftBank investment falling apart SoftBank has slashed a planned $16 billion mega-investment in WeWork after facing objections and will now invest $2 billion SoftBank is in talks to invest $15B to $20B in WeWork for a majority stake
Road to IPO
WeWork might be painting itself as a tech company, but it's facing a bunch of old-school real estate worries As WeWork heads for an IPO, investors ranging from asset management giant Fidelity to a pension plan for sprinkler installers are set to benefit WeWork lays out its path to profitability – and most of its options involve slowing its breakneck growth WeWork just filed for its IPO, and revealed a lengthy list of risk factors that investors should be aware of WeWork's advertising expenses have exploded by 164% on its way to one of the most anticipated IPOs of 2019 Here are the 5 biggest questions facing WeWork as it prepares for its IPO WeWork is setting up a $2.9 billion fund to buy buildings that it will lease to itself A top WeWork executive explains why the company doesn't have the same issues as Airbnb and Uber WeWork's copresident says it's 'really just getting started' on working with Fortune 500 companies, as it files to go public
These are the unusual ways WeWork founder Adam Neumann has made millions, and stands to make more, from his $47 billion company about to go public WeWork details CEO Adam Neumann's web of loans, real-estate deals, and family involvement with the company Lots of extremely successful founders in Silicon Valley cash out early. But WeWork's CEO pocketing $700 million is still far from normal. WeWork's CEO says the way it rents out office space makes companies' financials look better. Some experts aren't sure how legitimate the pitch is. WeWork's CEO explains why he thinks his $47 billion company is recession-proof and how he keeps his ego in check as a young billionaire WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has reportedly made millions of dollars by leasing office space to his own company WeWork bans meat at company events and won't let employees expense meals that include meat because it's bad for the environment
Seduced by WeWork's sky-high valuation, coworking firms have multiplied. A shakeout could see them merge, shutter, or specialize. WeWork's tech head explains why the office provider is buying a building access app used by top landlords Here are all the wild things, from wave pools to turmeric coffee creamer, that WeWork's surfing founder has invested in WeWork acquires $249 million office-services startup Managed by Q as it goes after larger business customers $20 billion startup WeWork continues its shopping spree with $200 million for Meetup WeWork just led a $32 million funding round for a female-run startup that's basically a social club for women
Partnerships and other businesses
Rent the Runway now has drop-off locations at WeWork offices in 6 major cities — here's how it works A $20 billion startup that rents office space to millennials is opening a grade school inside its offices Inside WeWork's WeLive, where millennials squeeze into tiny apartments to take advantage of perks like Sunday dinner, daily happy hours, and morning yoga The most valuable startup in New York City just opened its first gym to compete with Equinox — see what it's like inside Mastercard partners with WeWork to pilot office payments
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