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.


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.



On June 9, 2017 Bird announced raising an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Goldcrest Capital (lead investor) and #Angels.

Series A

On October 30, 2017 Bird announced raising $15 million in series A funding from Craft Ventures (lead investor), Tusk Ventures, Moving Capital, M13, Lead Edge Capital, Goldcrest Capital, and Valor Equity Partners.

Series B

On March 9, 2019 Bird announced raising $100 million in series B funding from Valor Equity Partners (lead investor), Index Ventures (lead investor), Upfront Ventures, Tusk Ventures, Goldcrest Capital, Craft Ventures, and Bracket Capital. The series B round was raised at a pre-money valuation of $300 million. The company plans on using their series B funding to expand their operations into new markets.

Series C

On June 28, 2018 Bird announced raising $300 million in series C funding from Sequoia Capital (lead investor),, Blisce/, Valor Equity Partners, Tusk Ventures, Troy Capital Partners, Sound Ventures, Simon Ventures, and Reshape. The series C round was raised at a pre-money valuation of $1.8 billion. The company also announced Roelof Botha, from Sequoia Capital, will be joining the company's board of directors.

Series D

On October 3, 2019 Bird announced raising $275 million in series D funding from Sequoia Capital and Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec. The funding was raised at a pre-money valuation of $2.5 billion.

Series D II

On January 27, 2020 Bird announced expanding their series D funding round with $75 million in funding from Signals Venture Capital, Team Europe, Target Global, and Idinvest Partners. At the time of announced their expanded series D funding round the company also announced acquiring Circ, a micromobility solution provider. Bird plans on using their funding to increase its European expansion and fund it's research and development programs.


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Bird (company) Series C round, June 2018
June 28, 2018
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Daniel Harman


David Estrada

Chief Legal Officer & Head of Public Policy

Erin Wallerstein


Evan Sawyer


Justin Balthrop

Chief Technology Officer

Lauren Goodman


Mark Pesin


Nilu Kashanchi


Paige Craig


Scott Rushforth

Executive Vice President, Vehicles

Sean Sires


Stephen Schnell

Chief Operating Officer

Travis VanderZanden

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Further reading


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

Will Yakowicz

Documentaries, videos and podcasts





Jonathan M. Gitlin
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Helen Pidd
July 3, 2020
the Guardian
A man rides an electric scooter in London last year. The Middlesbrough trial will be initially for rented e-scooters only. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
BBC News
June 30, 2020
BBC News
Hired, but not private, e-scooters will be allowed on roads in Great Britain, the government says.
Simon Stephenson
June 28, 2020
the Guardian
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Kirsten Korosec
June 7, 2020
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Kirsten Korosec
June 2, 2020
Bird has shut down scooter sharing in several cities in the Middle East, an operation that was managed by Circ, the micromobility startup it acquired in January. About 100 Circ employees have been laid off and as many as 10,000 Circ scooters have been sent to a third-party UAE-based company for recycling, according to multiple [...]
By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
May 14, 2020
Mail Online
RSPB's dedicated Investigations Unit says it has been inundated with reports of predatory birds being illegally killed in Britain in recent weeks.
Megan Rose Dickey
April 30, 2020
Lyft, which just had a massive round of layoffs where 982 people lost their jobs and 288 were furloughed, is also pumping the brakes on its scooter operations in a handful of cities. In an email sent to Oakland riders yesterday, Lyft said scooters would no longer be available, effectively immediately. "Thanks for riding our [...]
Megan Rose Dickey
March 27, 2020
Bird is the latest startup hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Bird laid off about 30% of its employees amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, TechCrunch has learned. "The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has forced our leadership team and the board of directors to make many extremely difficult and painful decisions relating to some of [...]
Alex Hern Technology editor
March 16, 2020
the Guardian
A man riding an electric scooter in Westminster, London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Kirsten Korosec
March 5, 2020
The Scoot Moped -- an electric moped borne out of Bird's acquisition of Scoot -- will launch in Austin five months after unveiling the shared micromobility vehicle. The new moped is the latest effort by Bird to diversify its product offerings to capture more customers. The Scoot Mopeds, which are now available on the Bird [...]
Megan Rose Dickey
January 30, 2020
Bird is rolling out its Bird Two scooters, which the company first unveiled back in August, via Scoot in San Francisco. The scooters were expected to deploy much sooner, with Bird's original announcement saying it would roll out the following week, but it's better late than never, as some say. Scoot's plan is to deploy [...]
Alex Wilhelm
January 28, 2020
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. While the IPO cycle reprices former unicorns and concern imbues the private market with profit warnings, it turns out that there is still appetite for scooter startups. Even more, there's hunger for both combinations in [...]
Steve O'Hear
January 27, 2020
If you didn't see this coming, then clearly you didn't have your eyes on the road. Bird, the LA-founded e-scooter giant, has confirmed that it is acquiring European competitor Circ, the micromobilty company founded by Lukasz Gadowski of Delivery Hero fame. The deal, for which terms remain undisclosed, was first reported by the FT late [...]
Press Trust of India
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Telegraph Reporters
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The Telegraph
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Megan Rose Dickey
December 6, 2019
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 [...]


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