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Unpacking Away’s $1.4B valuation, the startup studio model and CrowdStrike’s S-1

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was something a bit special for the team, albeit in a sad way. It marked the last episode in which we’d all be together in the current TechCrunch office. It’s a place we’ve spent so much time in so we were all a bit nostalgic. (TC is moving offices, nothing else is changing!) Last #equitypod with @KateClarkTweets and @CGates123 in 410 Townsend pic.twit...
Tags: Apple, TC, Entertainment, Fiction, Tech, Bird, Kate, Burger King, Alex, TechCrunch, Crowdstrike, Impossible Foods, Scooter, Townsend, Madrona, Equity podcast


Johnson and Bird to get joint NBA lifetime honour

Former rivals Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are to receive a joint Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 NBA Awards, the league announced on Wednesday. Johnson and Bird forged an epic rivalry during the 1980s when the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were locked in a long-running battle for basketball supremacy. The NBA said the duo would be honoured with the award at a ceremony in Los Angeles on June 24.
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Nba, Bird, Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Boston Celtics, Larry Bird


Boosted Announces Brand New Way to Break Your Body

The popular electric skateboard company Boosted is now making electric scooters. The company just announced the Boosted Rev, a vehicle with handlebars, a rear fender brake, and even a mechanical disc brake. Those bikes will come in handy, too, because this thing has a top speed of 24 miles per hour. That’s speedy for…Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Boosted Boards, Science, Bird, Electric Scooters, Boosted, Bird Scooters, Boosted Announces Brand New Way


Boosted’s rugged electric scooter is launching at $1,599

Boosted, the maker of the electric skateboard Boosted Board, has unveiled its next mode of transportation: the electric scooter. Available for pre-order today, Boosted Rev costs $1,599 and is designed to be durable, fast, efficient up hills and safe. The Boosted Rev, which has been about 18 months in the making, will start shipping this summer. Boosted, which counts mostly men as its core consumer for the electric skateboard, is hoping to diversify its customer base with the launch of scooter...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, San Francisco, Scooters, Bird, Cto, Rev, Boosted Board, Micromobility, Boosted, Sanjay Dastoor, Jeff Russakow, Russakow, John Ulmen, Unagi Lime


Apple Announces New NFC Feature For iPhone: Special Tags That Trigger Apple Pay Purchases When Tapped

Apple's VP of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, announced new NFC tags that will let iPhone users make purchases simply by tapping their phones against the stickers, without the need to download a special app first. "The company is partnering with Bird scooters, Bonobos clothing store, and PayByPhone parking meters for the initial rollout," reports 9to5Mac. From the report: Apple also announced that inside the Wallet app, users will soon be able to sign up for loyalty cards in one tap, presumably pres...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Bird, Nfc, Jennifer Bailey


Bird’s new electric scooter is a durable two-wheeler that you can rent or own

Bird is best known as a scootersharing service but it's just unveiled a durable two-wheeler than you can not only rent, but own, too. OK, at $1,300 it's a little pricey, but it may suit those in search of a solidly built machine. The post Bird’s new electric scooter is a durable two-wheeler that you can rent or own appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Outdoors, News, Trends, Electric Scooter, Bird, Escooter, Bird One


Mobility News: Cruise’s New Cash, Tesla’s Pivot to Robotaxis & More

As the mobility industry waits with baited breath to see how Uber’s IPO will play out on Friday, there is plenty of news being made elsewhere in the sector. Cruise scored another massive investment, Toyota AI Ventures opened a new fund, scooters continue to rev up, and more. Read on for details.—Our own Bernadette Tansey took a look at Lyft’s quarterly earnings report, published this week, and found both bright spots and ominous notes. In short: Lyft still has a profitability problem, although ...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Softbank, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Software, Cruise, Ford, Scooters, Innovation, Gm, Bird, Ride Sharing


Daily Crunch: We round up all the Google I/O news

Google unveils new Pixel 3 phones, Bird will start selling directly to consumers and PUBG takes a hit in China. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 8, 2019. 1. Here’s everything Google announced today at the I/O 2019 Keynote Google’s developer conference is still underway, but we’ve rounded up everything they announced at their big keynote, like more affordable versions of its Pixel 3 phones — the Pixel 3a will start at $399, and come with a 5.6-inch display. Meanwhile, the Google Home Hub has b...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, China, Berlin, Tech, Tencent, Bird, Match Group, Pixel, Ramin Sayar, Sumo Logic, PUBG, Google Home Hub, Daily Crunch, HeyJobs


Bird is now selling its electric scooters directly to consumers

Bird, recognizing the growing possibility that people will want to own electric scooters rather than share them, is launching a new scooter model available for purchase. Called the Bird One, it will be available for ownership and shared use cases. Bird is also ditching the Ninebot ES and relying on its own M365 model for monthly personal rentals. “Bird One builds on the benefits and learnings of Bird Zero and is forecasted to last in the sharing environment for well over a year,” Bird CEO Tra...
Tags: Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, San Francisco, Tech, Barcelona, Bird, Electric Scooters, Micromobility, Bird One


Colorado man sentenced for burglarizing polygamous compound

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A Colorado man who burglarized a polygamous compound in southwestern South Dakota has been sentenced to three years of probation. The Rapid City Journal reports that 29-year-old Wade Bird, of Sugar City, Colorado, pleaded guilty to drug, burglary and theft conspiracy charges. Authorities allege Bird and another man in January 2018 […]
Tags: News, Colorado, Ap, Nation, South Dakota, Bird, Rapid City Journal, Wade Bird of Sugar City Colorado


Life Without Toys – Minimalist Family Travel

Is our travel life truly toy free? Nope. We’re not purists. But we are traveling with 99.9% fewer toys than we had at home, and our choice of toys has changed significantly. So, we’ve got stuff. It’s just different stuff than you might expect. At first, our paring down of child paraphernalia was an act of necessity – we simply could not carry a bundle of toys around the globe. That meant parting with many beloved staples- the ukulele that Bird got for his second birthday, Spider Monkey’s “fast” ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Featured, Bali, Australia, California, Bird, Tokyo, Travel With Kids, Bun, Magnadoodles


CDC to E-Scooter Riders: Please, for the Love of God, Do the Absolute Bare Minimum Safety Thing

Amidst a rise in reports that emergency rooms are seeing a spike in visits from people who have seriously messed themselves up while riding electric scooters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided to assess the threat of the increasingly popular vehicles, which are only going to become more prevalent…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Cdc, Bird, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Lime, E Scooters


Bird scooters are coming back to San Francisco

While San Francisco only allows Skip and Scoot to operate as part of the city’s shared electric scooter pilot program, Bird has found a way to claim some market share. Bird has obtained a business permit to introduce monthly personal rentals in San Francisco. The program enables people to rent a scooter for $24.99 a month with no cap on the number of rides. Once you place an order for the scooter, someone from Bird will get in touch to arrange the delivery of the scooter, charger and lock. Af...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, San Francisco, Barcelona, Bird, Electric Scooters


'Broken Jaw, Split Lip, Broken Teeth': E-Scooter Accidents Can Seriously Fuck You Up

Look around, and you’ll find no shortage of stories about the rise of injuries linked to rentable e-scooters. But until you’ve read firsthand accounts of shattered arms and metal plates in faces, it’s hard to comprehend just how completely these little scooties can wreck your shit.Read more...
Tags: Science, Safety, Scooters, Bird, Lime, CPSC, E Scooters


Redefining Road Travel, Family Style

I had no idea that traveling the world with my small children would be as challenging as it is. My parents, who have been with us for the last few weeks of travel, are joking that they are going to make T-shirts that say “We survived a year of travel with Bird and Spider Monkey.” Quite frankly, I think I’ve already earned more than a t-shirt at this point. If you have read my other posts, you will not be surprised to hear that this is way harder than I thought it would be. Maybe that’s because ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Featured, Bali, US, Toronto, Chicago, Sydney, Bird, Tokyo, Road Trip, Bondi Beach, Travel With Kids, Ann Arbor, Niagara, Harbour Bridge


Touring Bird takes flight in 200 destinations worldwide

From booking flights to securing hotel rooms, the online travel industry has made the logistics side of travel easier than ever. But the fun part of taking a trip is experiencing and exploring new places, cultures and people—that's the part travelers remember and talk about. Yet finding exciting things to do in a given location is often much more difficult than finding a cheap flight. There are many sources of information, and not all of them are reliable, which means that hours of research can ...
Tags: Google, Barcelona, Sydney, Dubai, Athens, Bird, Tokyo, Zurich, Gaudi, Expedia, Viator, Anchorage, Area 120, Zanzibar Everything


Rangers option lefty Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have optioned left-hander Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville after his second stint in the majors this season. Bird has a 6.75 ERA with a save in five relief appearances for the Rangers in his first big league action. Texas will make a corresponding move before Friday’s series opener […]
Tags: Texas, News, Sports, Rangers, Bird, Nashville, Texas Rangers, Arlington, Texas AP, Kyle Bird


Jadayupara, The Largest Bird Sculpture In The World

Jatayu Earth Centre – The worlds largest bird sculpture is the new attraction of India, which is in Kerala 50 kilometer from Trivandrum towards North (Cochin direction). Traveling from Cochin to Trivandrum, this is 170 kilometer from Cochin, 114km from Alleppey and is 40km from Kollam. This is the masterpiece creation of Mr. Rajiv Anchal with a dedicated work of 10 years and the message being... Source
Tags: Travel, Design, India, World, Sculpture, Bird, Largest, Kerala, Rajiv Anchal, Alleppey, Cochin, Trivandrum, Jadayupara, Jatayu Earth Centre, North Cochin


Yankees add Bird to crowded IL; Voit to start

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was placed on the 10-day IL with a left plantar fascia tear, and it's unclear how long he will be out. Luke Voit will start in his absence.
Tags: Bird, Baseball, Yankees, Greg Bird, Voit, Luke Voit


Yankees add Bird to injured list, back to 12 on the shelf

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have placed first baseman Greg Bird on the 10-day injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, giving the team a dozen players on the shelf less than three weeks into the season. New York announced the move Tuesday, hours before opening a two-game series with the rival Boston […]
Tags: New York, News, Boston, Sports, Bird, Yankees, Greg Bird


Uber’s JUMP Bikes founder and Scoot’s SVP of Product are talking bikes and scooters at TC Sessions: Mobility

Micromobility — electric personal vehicles — has gone from being non-existent to ubiquitous across cities all over the world. Currently, we’re seeing micromobility take on the form of electric scooters and pedal-assist bikes. JUMP and Scoot operate in both of those categories. JUMP got its start as a pedal-assist bike-share startup, but has since evolved to handle electric scooters. And while Scoot’s first product from 2012 was an electric moped, it got its feet wet with bikes back in May 201...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Events, Tech, Transport, Bird, Scooter, Scoot, SAN JOSE Calif, SVP, Asset Management, Moped, Oliver Cameron, Jump Bikes, Ryan Rzepecki, TC Sessions: Mobility 2019


"The 60-year-old comic sat down on a stool while breathing heavily, before falling silent for five minutes during his show on Thursday...."

"[T]he crowd at the The Atic bar in Bicester had thought it was a joke, and continued to laugh, unaware something was wrong.... Cognito had even joked about his health during his set, telling the audience: 'Imagine if I died in front of you lot here.' It was Mr Bird who first went on stage to check if his fellow comedian was ok. 'Everyone in the crowd, me included, thought he was joking,' he said. 'Even when I walked on stage and touched his arm I was expecting him to say "boo."'... Audience mem...
Tags: Death, Comedy, Law, Wikipedia, Bird, Cooper, Bicester, UC San Diego, Shawn, Tommy Cooper, Cognito, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Dick Shawn, Ian Cognito, Atic Bar


Bird will launch electric scooters in 50+ European cities

Bird is gearing up to launch in more than 50 additional cities throughout Europe this spring. Bird began its expansion into Europe less than one year ago. Today, Bird operates its scooters in Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Zurich and other European cities. This launch will increase its European fleet size more than ten-fold. “World class brands and companies have the perfect formula of economics and the ability to grow and scale,” Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden said in a statement. “As we expand Bird...
Tags: Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, Europe, Tech, Bird, Electric Scooters, Today Bird, Paris Brussels Vienna Zurich, European fleet


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Uber filed for its long-awaited IPO on Thursday. The ride-hailing company could net a valuation of more than $100 billion as it hits the stock market. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday morning. The US requested his extradition and charged him with conspiracy to hack classified US government computers, in a document naming US Army intelligence analyst C...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Twitter, Europe, London, Saudi Arabia, Disney, US, Trends, Tesla, Bird, Julian Assange, Hitler, Jeff Bezos, Wikileaks, National Enquirer


Bird's European boss says Brexit is the 'elephant in the room' that's holding up the launch of electric scooters

US startup Bird rents out electric scooters for short city trips, and bills itself as a solution to urban congestion and pollution. It has raised $400 million to date and hit a valuation of $2 billion despite only launching in 2017. Like earlier generations of transport startups, such as Uber and bike-sharing firms, Bird is having to win approval from regulators on a city-by-city basis to place its electric scooters on streets. Business Insider spoke to Bird's most senior exec outside the US, ...
Tags: Google, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, Europe, UK, London, California, France, US, San Francisco, Trends, Paris, Heathrow, Transport, Sydney, Citigroup


Heisler: Magic finds out running the Lakers is a job, not an adventure

One thing Magic Johnson proved running the Lakers: He wasn’t cut out to run the Lakers. In all, he lasted two years, one month and 19 days as team president, but it’s not like he didn’t accomplish anything great, even if much of it was set up by Mitch Kupchak’s draft picks. Magic signed LeBron James, a giant step which might make it possible for the Lakers to trade for Anthony Davis and sign an elite free agent. “I was happier when I wasn’t the president,” Johnson said. “I’m a free bird and I ca...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Nba, Magic, Bird, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, James, Lakers


Cinnamon International helps catalyze church movements

United States (MNN) -- Did you know Open Doors USA partners with Cinnamon International ? Cinnamon International’s Chief Executive and President, Matt Bird, says the organization is a catalyst for the global Church. “We have two main strategies for helping catalyze the church to impact their communities. One is we find best practice models of church-led, church-based social impact. It might be a project working with vulnerable children or elderly people, homeless people or refugees or ex-off...
Tags: Usa, UK, New York, Church, United States, United Kingdom, Bird, Dallas, Seattle, Rachel, New York City Photo, Matt Bird, Element5 Digital, Cinnamon International, Dorian Mongel, Akira Hojo


The uncertain future of shared electric scooters

Cities all over the world have seen an influx of two-wheeled, electric kick scooters on the road over the last couple of years. Scooters from the likes of Bird, Lime, Spin, Uber’s JUMP, Lyft and others are all trying to own the first and the last mile. The first mile is often understood as the distance between a transportation hub and someone’s starting point while the last mile is the distance between a transportation hub and someone’s final destination. These companies want both, and some (Ub...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Scooters, Bird, Mobility, Spin, Scooter, Electric Scooters, Last Mile, Lime, Micromobility, Skip, Last Mile Transportation, Micro-mobility


Woman Carried Away on Stretcher Minutes Into Launch of E-Scooter Pilot Program

Shortly into the launch of the first scooter pilot program in the state of Massachusetts, one woman reportedly met the street in an accident that resulted in an ambulance ride and multiple stitches. Read more...
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, Bird, Electric Scooters, Lime, E Scooter


South Hills baseball can’t keep up with hot-hitting West Ranch in National Classic

FULLERTON — West Ranch High School continued its hot hitting in an 8-3 victory over South Hills on Tuesday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the National Classic baseball tournament at Armerige Park. West Ranch (16-4), which defeated Horizon (Arizona) 14-2 in the first round of the tournament, advanced to the semifinals on Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton. “We finally got a little offensive the week before spring break,” West Ranch coach Casey Burrill said. “We kind of carried a little bit of mo...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Bird, Cal State Fullerton, High School Sports, Huskies, Wildcats, Hernandez, Tucker, Camacho, South Hills, Ayala, Salas, Darren Murphy, Amat