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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

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

October 2019

Bird raises a $275,000,000 series D round from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Sequoia Capital.

February 2018

Bird raises a $15,000,000 series A round from Valor Equity Partners, Tusk Ventures, Goldcrest Capital, Craft Ventures and Lead Edge Capital.

People

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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

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News

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Megan Rose Dickey
March 27, 2020
TechCrunch
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
TechCrunch
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
TechCrunch
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
TechCrunch
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
TechCrunch
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
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.
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