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
Seed

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), e.ventures, 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.

Timeline

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Bird (company) Series C round, June 2018
158,000,000
June 28, 2018
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

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

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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News

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IANS
January 23, 2021
@bsindia
Cases of bird flu have been confirmed in 13 states so far of which of which Avian Influenza has been reported in poultry birds from nine states while in wild birds from 12 states
Press Trust of India
January 18, 2021
@bsindia
Read more about Bird flu cases confirmed in two more districts of Chhattisgarh on Business Standard. Bird flu has been confirmed asthe cause of death of three birds in Bastar and Dantewada districts of Chhattisgarh
Press Trust of India
January 15, 2021
@bsindia
The Centre on Friday said bird flu or avian influenza outbreak has been confirmed in Chhattisgarh, taking the total number of affected states and UTs to 11 so far
ANI
January 13, 2021
@bsindia
This comes as cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in 10 states
IANS
January 12, 2021
@bsindia
Around 1,500 crows and wild birds have died so far in 41 districts of Madhya Pradesh since the outbreak of bird flu
Press Trust of India
January 11, 2021
@bsindia
Hundreds of birds were reported dead in different parts of the country on Monday as the raging bird flu spread to 10 states and Union Territories
IANS
January 9, 2021
@bsindia
Bird flu has been confirmed in seven states of the country so far, namely Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
Press Trust of India
January 4, 2021
@bsindia
Migratory birds found dead at Pong Dam Lake in Himachal Pradeshs Kangra district have tested positive for bird flu
Nick Summers
December 18, 2020
Engadget
People were buying electric bikes and scooters long before the pandemic.
Larry McCoy
December 15, 2020
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Mississippi Delta native, Larry McCoy has penned and released his first novel, "Fatherless." Set in the 1950s Jim Crow Mississippi Delta where...
Callum Burroughs
December 2, 2020
Business Insider
A Fidelity fund already marked down the value of its stake in Bird.
Science X staff
November 25, 2020
phys.org
A Cretaceous-age, crow-sized bird from Madagascar would have sliced its way through the air wielding a large, blade-like beak and offers important new insights on the evolution of face and beak shape in the Mesozoic forerunners of modern birds. An international team of researchers led by Ohio University professor Dr. Patrick O'Connor and Stony Brook University professor Dr. Alan H. Turner announced the discovery today in the journal Nature.
Walter Thompson
November 16, 2020
TechCrunch
Shared e-scooters are on track to surpass half a billion rides globally in 2021. These are several of the most important innovations that got us here.
CNN
November 16, 2020
CTVNews
A lengthy and bitter election campaign that dragged in competing interest groups and was sullied by a voter fraud scandal came to an unlikely end on Monday, when a fat, flightless and nocturnal parrot stunned pundits to claim an upset victory.
Harold McGee
November 6, 2020
Wired
Sure it's gross, but human mastery over its chemistry allowed the success of agriculture--and the rise of civilization.
Jonathan M. Gitlin
August 25, 2020
Ars Technica
The study ran for nine years at Norway's Smøla wind farm.
Kirsten Korosec
August 17, 2020
TechCrunch
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here -- just click The Station -- to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Let's [...]
Stacy Liberatore
August 7, 2020
Mail Online
Seabird poop is a million dollar market. The waste is used in commercial fertilizer and nutrients contribute to marine life health. Experts say the feces generates at least $400 million a year.
Kirsten Korosec
August 2, 2020
TechCrunch
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here -- just click The Station -- to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Before [...]
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
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