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Bird (company)

Bird (company)

Bird is a company developing a vehicle sharing platform for dockless electric scooters.

Bird is a B2C company providing dockless short-term e-scooter rentals. The company was founded in 2017 by Travis VanderZanden. Bird aims to provide affordable and environmentally friendly transportation option in cities worldwide. As of March 2019, Bird is operating in 75 U.S. cities and other cities worldwide such as London, Tel Aviv, Vienna, and Madrid. Its headquarters is located in Santa Monica, California.



Service

Bird works by putting their scooters in locations called Nests, that you can find through their mobile application. Customers can unlock an available scooter with their application. Since Bird does not provide helmets, customers are urged to bring their own. When customers wish to end the scooter rental, they can use the mobile application again. All the scooters are equipped with Bird’s own hardware so they can reduce a scooter’s speed as well as track the location of the scooters.



Funding

Since its founding year, Bird has amassed $415 million in capital through five funding rounds, with its latest one a Series C held in June 2018 and raised $300 million. As of March 2019, the company has 21 investors, with 5 lead investors. Some venture capital firms that have funded Bird are Greycroft, Simon Ventures, Valor Equity Partners, and Hinge Capital.



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People

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Daniel Harman

Employee



David Estrada

Chief Legal Officer & Head of Public Policy



Erin Wallerstein

Employee



Evan Sawyer

Employee



Justin Balthrop

Chief Technology Officer



Lauren Goodman

Employee



Mark Pesin

Employee



Nilu Kashanchi

Employee



Paige Craig

Employee



Scott Rushforth

Executive Vice President, Vehicles



Sean Sires

Employee



Stephen Schnell

Chief Operating Officer



Travis VanderZanden

Founder/Chief Executive Officer



Further reading

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14 Months, 120 Cities, $2 Billion: There's Never Been a Company Like Bird. Is the World Ready?

Will Yakowicz





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News

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Press Trust of India
December 22, 2019
@bsindia
Read more about Roseate Hotels opens its first co-working centre in Aerocity, has 100 desks on Business Standard. Roseate Hotels & Resorts, which has six hospitality projects in India and the UK, on Sunday said it has forayed into the co-working business with the setting up of its first premium centre in its hotel at Aerocity here.The company has opened its
Telegraph Reporters
December 11, 2019
The Telegraph
Cases of bird flu have been confirmed at a chicken farm in Suffolk, the Government has said.
Megan Rose Dickey
December 6, 2019
TechCrunch
Bird has laid off less than two dozen employees, The San Francisco Chronicle first reported. The layoffs affect employees Bird brought on board following its ~$25 million acquisition of Scoot earlier this year. Those affected were salaried employees and/or people with technical backgrounds, according to Bird. "The integration of Bird and Scoot does not impact or [...]
Andrew J. Hawkins
November 19, 2019
The Verge
Bird says it will start giving out free rides to customers who take selfies of themselves wearing helmets in an effort to promote safety while riding electric scooters.
Andrew J. Hawkins
November 19, 2019
The Verge
Ojo, a California-based electric scooter company, announced its intention to acquire Gotcha, a scooter and bike rental service. It's another sign that the shared micromobility industry is oversaturated and needs to consolidate.
Graham Rapier and Sarah Wyman
November 17, 2019
Business Insider
How do an international repo-man and a bike shop owner end up in business together? A common enemy. In this case: electric scooters.
Megan Rose Dickey
November 13, 2019
TechCrunch
Launching and operating shared bikes and scooters has lost its novelty. Worldwide, numerous companies are operating shared micromobility services -- so many that the industry is well into a consolidation phase. In Latin America, Grow Mobility formed as part of a merger between micromobility providers Grin and Yellow. In the U.S., Bird acquired Scoot. And, [...]
Elle Hunt
November 11, 2019
New Scientist
Social media campaigning and a strategic voting alliance have helped the yellow-eyed penguin beat fierce competition to become New Zealand's bird of the year
Stephanie Mlot
November 11, 2019
Geek.com
The people have spoken: The endangered yellow-eyed penguin has been named New Zealand's Bird of the Year 2019. Also known as hoiho or tarakaka, the endemic species received the most "number one" votes ...
Elle Hunt
November 11, 2019
New Scientist
Social media campaigning and a strategic voting alliance have helped the yellow-eyed penguin beat fierce competition to become New Zealand's bird of the year
BBC News
November 11, 2019
BBC News
The rare hoiho becomes the first penguin to take the title, after two weeks of "memes and trash-talk".
By Ian Randall For Mailonline
October 28, 2019
Mail Online
Experts led from the Long Island University Post measured the brightness and colour of eggs, from 643 species of birds, preserved in the collection of various natural history museums.
Callum Burroughs
October 25, 2019
Business Insider
The company recently announced it would be the first e-scooter startup to use replaceable batteries for its products.
Kate Clark
October 15, 2019
TechCrunch
David Estrada, who was hired last year from Kitty Hawk, is joining another mobility business.
Reuters
October 3, 2019
Financial Post
A line of Bird scooters in San Diego, California.Gregory Bull/AP Photo files
Reuters Editorial
October 3, 2019
U.S.
Scooter company Bird has raised $275 million in a funding round led by CDPQ and Sequoia Capital, it said on Thursday, in a deal valuing the firm at $2.5 billion before the investment.
Megan Rose Dickey
October 3, 2019
TechCrunch
Bird has closed a $275 million Series D round led by CDPQ and Sequoia Capital, Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden announced at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco today. The round values Bird at a $2.5 billion pre-money valuation, according to sources familiar with the round. This round comes a few months after TechCrunch reported Bird was looking [...]
Kirsten Korosec
September 28, 2019
TechCrunch
Cars might still reign supreme, but things they are a changin'. And companies are lining up to provide new ways -- and some recycled ones -- for people to get from Point A to Point B. The past several years have seen an explosion in startups, automakers and tech companies launching and testing products from [...]
Helena Horton
September 24, 2019
The Telegraph
Bird seed can cause illegal cannabis plants to grow in your garden, a BBC Gardener's World expert has warned readers of the programme's magazine.
Erin Griffith
September 4, 2019
www.nytimes.com
A year ago, electric rental scooters were hailed as the next big thing in transportation. But their troubles in San Diego show how the services have now hit growing pains.
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