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Bird is testing Bird Pay, which lets users purchase items from local businesses using its main app

Another on-demand transport app is making a move into payments to expand the existing relationship with its customers (and subsequent margins that it makes from serving them). Bird today announced the launch of Bird Pay, a service that will let people use its app not just to hire e-scooters, but to purchase items from local participating businesses. The service is being tested first in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, the company said. Bird Pay will work by way of a QR code, which you can be read v...
Tags: Google, TC, Travis Vanderzanden, Asia, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Bird, Santa Monica, Samsung PayPal, Bird Pay


Tier Mobility, the European e-scooter rentals startup, adds another ~$40M to its Series B

Tier, the European e-scooter rentals startup that operates in 55 cities across 11 countries, has topped up its funding for the second time in four months. The Berlin-based company has extended its Series B round to over $100 million, up from $60 million disclosed in October. The additional capital is a mix of equity and debt financing provided by Moscow’s RTP Global, London’s Novator, and an unnamed U.S. debt fund. Part one of the Series B was co-led by Mubadala Capital and Goodwater Capital. Ti...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Berlin, Moscow, Bird, U K, Europe Meanwhile, Mubadala Capital, Leuschner, Okai, Lawrence Leuschner, RTP Global London, Goodwater Capital Tier


Tortoise co-founder Dmitry Shevelenko is bringing autonomous scooters to TC Sessions: Mobility

TechCrunch Sessions Mobility is gearing up to be a lit event. The one-day event, taking place May 14 in San Jose, has just added Dmitry Shevelenko, co-founder and president of an automatic repositioning startup for micromobility vehicles. Yes, that means we’ll be having autonomous scooters rolling around on stage. #2020 Tortoise, which recently received approval to deploy its tech in San Jose, is looking to become an operating system of sorts for micromobility vehicles. Just how Android is...
Tags: Android, Transportation, Uber, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Phones, Transport, Sharing Economy, Bird, San Jose, Self-driving Cars, Operating System, TechCrunch, Coo, Micromobility, Bicycle Sharing


The Station: Lucid Motors spy shot and the birth of an AV startup

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 again — or perhaps for the first time. This is Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch and your host here at The Station. This weekly newsletter will also be posted as an article after the weekend — that’s what you’re reading now. To get it first, subscribe for free. Please note that there will be not be a ne...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Uber, Elon Musk, New York, Senate, Germany, Berlin, Nigeria, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Ceo, Cta


Ford's scooter startup was supposed to be in 100 markets by the end of 2019. That didn't happen, and its founder explains why.

Spin, the scooter company owned by Ford, wanted to be in 100 markets by the end of 2019.  Currently, the startup is only in 70.  In an interview, founder Euwyn Poon defended the startups growth in the 18 months post-acquisition. Click here for more BI Prime stories. When something works, double down. That's the strategy that Spin, the scooter startup bought by Ford for $100 million in 2018, has adopted as it fights for footing in the cutthroat micromobility industry. But it's a departure from...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Ford, Washington Dc, Bird, University of Central Florida, Poon, Manhattan College, Euwyn Poon


The CEO of a scooter startup owned by Ford explains why it's a good thing that his employees are unionizing — and how it could help Spin get a leg up on Bird and Lime

Forty workers who manage Spin's fleet of scooters in December voted to unionize.  Even before the decision, the Ford-owned startup had classified the workers as employees instead of independent contractors, giving them access to the associated benefits that come with employment.  In an interview, Spin's founder explained why the investments in training and benefits may help the company win in the long fight against competitors Bird, Lime and more.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. Contra...
Tags: Apple, Lyft, California, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Ford, Washington Dc, Bird, Silicon Valley, Teamsters, Lime, Poon, Uber Lyft, Euwyn Poon


Uber: Sacramento Right Behind Paris In Using Shared Bikes, Scooters

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — What do Sacramento and Paris have in common? Apparently, both cities love using shared bikes and e-scooter. According to Uber, Sacramento ranks second in using their Jump bikes and scooters. Seattle came in third place, Uber said. RELATED: Sacramento Cracking Down On Electric Scooter, Bike Parking The city of Sacramento says people have taken 450,000 scooter trips and 550,000 bike trips since June. The number of scooters in Sacramento is steadily growing, according to the ci...
Tags: Uber, News, Local, Sacramento, Paris, Bird, Seattle, Sacramento News, Jump Bikes, JUMP Scooters, Sacramento Right Behind Paris, Uber Sacramento, Sacramento Companies Spin


Formula E driver Bird back at Ferrari WEC squad for Sebring/Le Mans

Virgin Racing Formula E driver Sam Bird will return to Ferrari's World Endurance Championship squad for the Le Mans 24 Hours in June
Tags: Sport, Ferrari, Bird, WEC, Ferrari WEC, Sam Bird, Autosport


Catching up with B Capital, the fast-growing firm founded by Eduardo Saverin and Raj Ganguly

B Capital Group, formed in in 2015 by Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin and Raj Ganguly, formerly of Bain Capital, has been quietly building its business since closing its first fund with $360 million in capital commitments, anchored by the management consulting giant Boston Consulting Group. Already the firm, which is investing out of its second $410 million fund, employs 50 people and we hear a much bigger fund could be coming. Among its newest additions is a general partner, Rashmi Gopinath,...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Microsoft, Indonesia, California, Singapore, India, San Francisco, Tech, Bird, South America, Seattle, Bain Capital


SoftBank wants its on-demand portfolio to stop losing so much money

SoftBank wants its competing portfolio companies to stop losing so much money and, in some cases, to merge. That’s the news out from the Financial Times today, which reported that Uber and DoorDash discussed merging last year. The talks didn’t wind up in a deal. The two companies, each heavily backed by SoftBank and its formerly active Vision Fund, compete in the food delivery space at great expense. Uber’s Eats business turned $392 million in adjusted net revenue in Q3 2019 into $316 mill...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, Japan, China, Softbank, Tech, M&a, Bird, Wall Street Journal, Latin America, Financial Times, Uber Eats, Doordash, SoftBank Group Corp


Bird finally deploys the Bird Two scooter

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 up to 1,000 of these Bird Two scooters. “With each new generation of electric vehicle we bring to San Francisco, fewer San Franciscans have a need to get in a car,” Scoot fo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, San Francisco, Scooters, Bird, Scoot, San Franciscans, Michael Keating, Bird SVP, Bird Two


Bird deploys the Bird Two scooter in San Francisco

Bird is rolling out its Bird Two scooters, which the company first unveiled back in August, via Scoot in San Francisco. Scoot’s plan is to deploy up to 1,000 of these Bird Two scooters. San Francisco is now the first city to have a full fleet of Bird Two scooters.* “With each new generation of electric vehicle we bring to San Francisco, fewer San Franciscans have a need to get in a car,” Scoot founder and Bird SVP of Cities Michael Keating said in a statement. “Bird Two continues this tren...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Scooters, Bird, Scoot, San Franciscans, Michael Keating, Bird SVP, Bird Two, San Francisco Scoot


After sale to Ford, Spin charges ahead with plans to scale up

Electric scooter startup Spin was long considered to be a bit of an underdog in the micromobility space. Before selling to Ford, Spin had raised just $8 million, while competitors Lime and Bird had raised hundreds of millions. Today, the former underdog is backed by one of the world’s largest transportation companies and has set its sights on becoming an industry leader that sets standards for both vehicles and labor practices. “We’ve gone from the scrappy upstart, the guy who was least-funded, ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Ford, Bird, Spin, Electric Scooters, Poon, Micromobility, TechCrunch Now, Euwyn Poon, Ford Spin


Trump’s Labor Department provides clarity on joint employment

Three years into the Trump administration, we see a clear pattern forming. The Obama administration implemented labor rules that make the labor market less flexible, often at the expense of smaller businesses, but in ways that made unions happy. The Trump administration then takes these rules away. The latest example is the dismantling of the Obama Labor Department’s joint employer rule. As the new Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and the Office of Management Director Mick Mulvaney explained rec...
Tags: Labor, Obama, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, United States, Bird, Chamber of Commerce, National Labor Relations Board, Trump, Cato Institute, McConnell, Olson, Labor Department, Newsom, Office of Management


As Bird buys Circ, a rewind of scooter VC, M&A and financial reporting

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 the space (not a surprise), and for scooter startup shares (which may be). As TechCrunch reported yesterday, Bird, an American scooter startup worth several bill...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Tech, Scooters, Bird, Electric Scooters, Lime, Beam, CIRC, Scooterdom


Bird confirms acquisition of Berlin scooter rival Circ

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 last week. Meanwhile, TechCrunch revealed late November that Circ was facing difficulties and had issued a round of layoffs following so-called “operational learni...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, La, Berlin, Tech, Bird, Lime, CIRC, Lukasz Gadowski, Gadowski


Inside Skip’s plan to appeal San Francisco’s scooter permit decision

Electric scooter operator Skip is gearing up to appeal San Francisco’s decision to not grant it a permit to operate in the city. When the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the permit grantees in September, it came as a surprise to Skip, which had previously received a permit to operate as part of the city’s pilot program. Ahead of the appeal hearing last Thursday, TechCrunch caught up with Skip CEO Sanjay Dastoor to learn about the company’s game plan and why he thinks it ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Uber, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, Ford, Bird, Spin, Scooter, Electric Scooters, Lime, Micromobility, SFMTA, Skip


Jimmy Heath (1926-2020)

Jimmy Heath, a tenor saxophonist with exceptional gifts as a composer, arranger and player who spent critical years of the 1950s in prison for the sale of heroin but rebuilt his career in the 1960s and beyond, died on January 19. He was 93. [Photo above of Jimmy Heath by Francis Wolff (c) Mosaic Images] Nicknamed "Little Bird" for his Parker-like fluidity when he played alto saxophone in the late 1940, Jimmy didn't start recording leadership albums until 1959, when Orrin Keepnews brought him i...
Tags: John Lewis, New York, Navy, Fats, Ireland, Paris, Davis, Wisconsin, Newfoundland, Jazz, Bird, PERCY, Philadelphia, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gillespie


How scooter charging startups want to make the industry more profitable

In an industry where unit economics are low, operators are seeking ways to improve margins while also maintaining fleet reliability and low prices for riders. Charging stations may be part of the solution. Already, there are a handful of companies, other than the operators themselves, looking to address this issue by deploying charging stations. The latest one that has come onto our radar is called Charge, which just launched charging hubs in Los Angeles for both bikes and scooters. “Charge came...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Los Angeles, Tech, Austin, Scooters, Paris, Bird, Lime, Achilles, Arroyo, Perch, Micromobility, Derrick Ko, Bird Lime Spin, Tom Schreiber


Pigeon in a cowboy hat, RIP

A bird rescue group in Las Vegas says one of three hat-wearing pigeons which gained popularity on social media has died. Lofty Hopes pigeon rescue of Las Vegas tweeted the sad news this past Sunday. Staff at the animal rescue organization say it's possible that fumes from the glue someone used to stick a hat on Bille the Pidge could have poisoned the little birb. Photos of Cluck Norris and Billie the Pidge's hats. They were extensively handled before this photograph so no gloves were ...
Tags: Post, News, Billie, Birds, Obituaries, Rip, Bird, Associated Press, Las Vegas, Wonderful Creatures, Birbs, Pidge, Birb, Cluck Norris, Lofty Hopes Pigeon Rescue, Billie the Pidge


Wear your helmet, concludes new study showing electronic scooter injuries have nearly tripled in the last four years

Taking a ride on an electronic scooter soon? Wear your helmet! According to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery, not wearing headgear or taking other precautions while riding is increasingly sending young people to the hospital — leading to over 40,000 broken bones, head wounds and other injuries. Unfortunately, less than 5% of riders in the study were found to be wearing their helmet, leading to nearly one-third of patients having a head injury. That’s more than double the rate of head inj...
Tags: Health, TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Policy, Motorcycles, Transport, Bird, Helmets, TechCrunch, Scooter, Lime, UCSF, Breyer, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital


The electric scooter wars of 2019

Throughout 2019, a number of mobility companies launched in additional markets, while many pulled out of areas that no longer served them. Meanwhile, transportation startups continued to raise more money even as they laid off employees, a sign that industry consolidation has officially begun. In October, Bird raised a $275 million Series D round at a $2.5 billion valuation. Prior to that round, Bird raised more than $400 million in funding and reached a valuation of $2 billion last June. Lime al...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Bird, Electric Scooters, Bain Capital That


Cross-border investments aren’t dead, they’re getting smarter

Yohei Nakajima Contributor Share on Twitter Yohei Nakajima is an investor at Scrum Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco, and Senior Vice President at Scrum Studio, helping global corporations connect and work with innovative startups. In recent years, the venture capital and startup worlds have seen a significant shift towards globalization. More and more startups are going global and breakin...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Column, Asia, Twitter, UK, China, Funding, Israel, San Francisco, Tech, European Union, Venture Capital, Bird, Silicon Valley, Panasonic


Layoffs at Lime and Getaround herald rise of profit-hungry unicorns

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Positive adjusted EBITDA, or something close to it. That’s the message from scooter unicorn Lime, which announced this week that it was cutting about 14% of its staff and closing a dozen markets. The staff reductions, numbering about 100, come as the company has touted efforts to improve its profitability — going as far as sett...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Softbank, Tech, Spokesperson, Companies, Bird, The Wall Street Journal, WeWork, Getaround, Peer To Peer, Lime, EBITDA, SoftBank Group


Lime is laying off about 100 people and ceasing operations in 12 markets

Lime is hoping to achieve profitability this year by laying off about 14% of its workforce and ceasing operations in 12 markets, Axios first reported. “Financial independence is our goal for 2020, and we are confident that Lime will be the first next-generation mobility company to reach profitability,” Lime CEO Brad Bao said in a statement to TechCrunch. “We are immensely grateful for our team members, riders, Juicers and cities who supported us, and we hope to reintroduce Lime back into these c...
Tags: Tech, Bird, Bain Capital, Sao Paulo, Lime, Brad Bao


I rode electric scooters from Bird, Uber, Lyft, and Lime. Lyft was by far my favorite brand, but there were 2 I'd never ride again.

Four electric scooter companies dominate the scene in Los Angeles: Lime, Uber, Lyft, and Bird. On a trip to Los Angeles in December, I rode scooters from all four companies to compare the rider experience of each. Of the scooters I tried, Lyft's provided by far the best experience. However, I'd probably never ride scooters from Lime or Bird again. Here's why. Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Visit Business Insider's ...
Tags: Lyft, New York, La, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Bird, Lime, Lyft Lyft, Bird Lime Uber, Lime Lyft, Bird Uber Lyft, Lime Uber Lyft, US The Bird Zero


Here are 9 answers to some of the internet's questions about Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is now a household name, representing technology, innovation and wealth.  But despite all the buzz around the Silicon Valley name, it turns out the internet has some basic questions about the Northern California region. Here are 9 answers to some of the top questions people are asking online about Silicon Valley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley has become much more than simply a nickname for a Northern California region. It's come to represent...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Hbo, Texas, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Tesla, Intel, Palo Alto, Larry Page, Atlantic


A VC partner who manages $1.4 billion in investments breaks down what she looks for in startups to know if they will win

Dana Settle is a founding partner of the venerable venture-capital firm Greycroft, which started with a focus on media and tech companies. Settle managed Greycroft's investments in such companies as Awesomeness TV, Maker Studios, and TheRealReal, and now manages its investments in Anine Bing, App Annie, Bird, and Goop, among others. In a wide-ranging interview, she revealed the top trends in tech and media right now and why the firm was still investing in media despite its troubles. She also d...
Tags: Disney, Trends, Dreamworks, Bird, Venmo, App Annie, Greycroft, Lightricks, Dana Settle, Braintree, Santa Monica, Travis, Prima, Anine Bing, Dirty Lemon, Awesomeness TV Maker Studios


David Stern, Transformative N.B.A. Commissioner, Dies at 77

His marketing vision turned the world’s premier professional basketball league into a global brand with its biggest stars as its ambassadors.
Tags: News, Basketball, Bird, Johnson, Larry, Stern, National Basketball Assn, NBA Championship, Earvin, Deaths (Obituaries, David Joel (1942-


David Stern, Transformative N.B.A. Leader, Dies at 77

His marketing vision turned the world’s premier professional basketball league into a global brand with its biggest stars as its ambassadors.
Tags: News, Basketball, Bird, Johnson, Larry, Stern, National Basketball Assn, NBA Championship, Earvin, Deaths (Obituaries, David Joel (1942-