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Uber apparently wants some rivals to believe an IPO is coming soon. But why?

About a week ago, I started hearing rumors that, contrary to what I’ve been arguing for the better part of a year, Uber was planning to go public in the first half of 2017. That the company was talking to bankers now. The sources were highly placed, and absolutely confident this was the case. But the sources weren’t at Uber. They were part of a raft of potential Uber competitors: A long list which spans Lyft, ridesharing companies around the world (minus China), automakers, Apple, Tesla, and Google, and who knows? Maybe one day Facebook and Amazon.
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