/Didi CEO’s 1st open letter after the marriage of Didi and Uber China: one team, one dream

Didi CEO’s 1st open letter after the marriage of Didi and Uber China: one team, one dream

Cheng Wei, CEO of Didi Chuxing, sent a letter to the employees at Uber China on Monday – one week after Didi acquired Uber China, and one day prior to Chinese Valentine’s Day, which fell on August 9. In the letter entitled “One Team, One Dream”, Cheng said he wants Uber China to keep its own independence while both parties work towards a same goal: to make mobile transportation better.

“It’s like a marriage when two teams become one; what counts is whether the two share the same values,” wrote Cheng.

He believed that Didi and Uber China have many things in common, and that together the “one team” could realize their “one dream” of making mobile transportation even better.

Cheng claimed that the merge will help shift all focus of Didi and Uber China from rivals to users, so that user experience and efficiency could be further improved for more completed orders.

Cheng also said that he believes it to be the best that Uber China continues to run independently, “The market must offers consumers multiple options to choose from, like Coca Cola and Pepsi, or KFC and McDonald’s. The point is to compete with specialties that target different uses.”

The acquisition probably coming as a shock out of the blue to Uber China’s over 800 employees, both Uber and Didi have been working to compensate and communicate face-to-face with them.

According to Cheng, the past few days had both parties jointly dealing with issues ranging from employees’ contract renewal and drivers’ cash withdrawal to social insurance payment and expense reimbursement.

Considering that Didi had gained experience from last December’s merger with Kuaidi Dacheng, it is expected that the new team could go through the transition within the next two to four weeks.

According to Xinhuanet.com, with the acquisition of Uber China, Didi Chuxing has become the largest ride-hailing company in China, enjoying 93.1% of the market share.

(Top photo from Baidu Images)

Ke graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master's Degree in English and has worked on projects with Ipsos MORI and SDI Media. She's particularly intrigued by China's thriving technology scene and is eager to write about this flourishing industry.