Bird Raises $100 Million in Series B Funding Round
Bird, an electric-scooter rental startup led by a former Uber and Lyft executive announced yesterday that it has raised $100 million in its Series B funding round.
This investment will be used to bring Bird’s first-in-the-world fleet of environmentally-friendly, shared electric scooters to 50 U.S. markets by the end of 2018 and expand its team. Back in February, Bird announced its Series A funding round of $15 million.
“Today, 40 percent of car trips are less than two miles long. Our goal is to replace as many of those trips as possible so we can to get cars off the road and curb traffic and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird. “With this funding, we can move quickly to bring this vision to communities all across the country.”
Bird has taken over the streets of Southern California. The startup lets customers rent dockless electric scooters (or “Birds”) with the tap of an app and then leave them on the street when they’re done. It first launched in Santa Monica, and since expanded to neighborhoods in Los Angeles County and San Diego. Rides cost $1 per ride and 15 cents per minute. The company says it has 50,000 active users and has seen 250,000 rides on its platform.