Uber said it lost $700 million in Q1 and it's looking for a public company CFO as its head of finance leaves

Uber's head of finance is leaving the company, putting the ride-hailing startup in the tricky position of trying to recruit two high-level executives as it grapples with multiple scandals and bleeds hundreds of millions of dollars in red ink every quarter.

Uber lost $708 million, excluding stock compensation expenses, in the first three months of the year, an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider. Uber's head of finance, Gautam Gupta, is leaving Uber to join an unspecified startup, Uber said. 

Uber said it is launching a search for a CFO with public company experience — a move that could kick off Uber's march to go public. 

News of Gupta's departure and Uber's financial results were first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

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