In a long-winded, wishy-washy answer, Kalanick more or less denied the claim.
Here's how he responded to Hempel:
"So the party line is that we are not commenting on fundraising discussions we may or may not be having. And that was interesting information. I don't know what else to say.
"You know, there are probably one or two folks we're talking to who we've signed NDAs with who are particularly loose with information, but that information is not correct."
Kalanick shed a little more color on how well his company is doing but stopped himself before revealing anything too juicy:
"Our numbers are really, really good. And the multiples that you see in the public market are around companies that are growing like 50 percent or 40 percent. You could take their price-to-sales ratios and we could come in -- well, shoot, I'm getting stuck. Sh*t."
Kalanick also acknowledged that Uber is profitable in all of its earliest cities.