Posts filtered by tags: Travis Vanderzanden[x]


 

Former Lime exec launches Cabana, a company that merges #vanlife and hotels

Is it glamping on wheels? Hotel #vanlife? It’s Cabana, a new startup from a former Lime executive that’s bringing tricked out vans with all the amenities of a Holiday Inn hotel room to cities on the West Coast starting in Seattle. “Because of Lime I spent 54 consecutive weeks on the road staying at hotels,” recalls Scott Kubly, the co-founder and chief executive of Cabana . “I got this bug that there needed to be a better way.” So with the benefit of a few years of startup salary in the bank...
Tags: TC, Travis Vanderzanden, Navy, Sports, Tech, Ford, President, Bank, Airbnb, West Coast, Seattle, David Sacks, Executive, Car Sharing, Savage, Lime


The pandemic means electric scooter rentals will be allowed on the UK's public roads from June

The UK will permit electric scooter rentals on public roads from June, as it explores greener and less congested methods of urban transport during the pandemic. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said Sunday that trials of scooter rental schemes could kick off nationally from June, accelerating trials originally slated for next year. Successful trials could lead the government to update the existing laws that mean scooters are banned from public roads. But companies will need to prove the vehicl...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, UK, London, Trends, Transport, Nottingham, Bird, Silicon Valley, Portsmouth, Derby, Grant Shapps, Lime, North Carolina State University, Alan Clarke, Emily Hartridge, Southampton the West of England Combined Authority


Hot startups like Bird, Wonderschool, and ZipRecruiter have been doing layoffs via massive video calls. Here's the humane process you can follow instead.

Layoffs at some high-profile startups — including Bird, Wonderschool, and ZipRecruiter — were announced via mass video calls. Experts say that's hardly best management practice. Even during an extended period of remote work, you can conduct layoffs with respect and compassion. One strategy is to arrange one-on-one meetings with managers and employees. Mishandling layoffs could hurt a brand's reputation in the long term. Click here for more BI Prime content. On March 27, employees at the buzzy...
Tags: Amazon, Travis Vanderzanden, Taylor Swift, La, Trends, New York Times, Bird, Andreessen Horowitz, Alva, Don, Morris, SIEGEL, Erin Griffith, Joel Gascoigne, ZipRecruiter, Ian Siegel


Bird employees say they were locked out of their email and Slack accounts as they were told their jobs were gone

Last week, electric scooter company Bird shocked hundreds of employees in a minutes-long Zoom call informing them that they had been laid off. Although the company stressed that the call's setup — hosted by an unidentified Bird executive, with the participant list obscured — was in order to ensure employee privacy, it has drawn backlash from those laid off.  Some Bird employees began to get locked out of their email and Slack accounts as the call was underway, according to a report about the l...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, California, La, Trends, Beverly Hills, Bird, Jeff Bezos, Black Mirror, VanderZanden, LA s Ben Bergmen Although, Ben Bergmen, LA IT


The Station: Bird and Lime layoffs, pivots in a COVID-19 era and a $2.2 trillion deal

Hello folks, welcome back (or hi for the first time) to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the all the ways people and packages move around this world. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I also have started to publish a shorter version of the newsletter on TechCrunch . That’s what you’re reading now. For the whole enchilada — which comes out every Saturday — you can subscribe to the newsletter by heading over here, and clicking “The Stat...
Tags: Food, Travis Vanderzanden, Europe, New York, Australia, Washington, China, New York City, Tech, Austin, Munich, Automotive, House Of Representatives, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Tencent


Electric scooter startup Bird has laid off 30% of the company in a scramble to preserve a 'cash runway' to last until the end of 2021

Scooter startup Bird cut almost a third of its workforce in an online call on Friday morning, as the cash-guzzling startup prepares for the 'black swan' event to dry up funding.  "Due to the financial and operational impact of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we are saying goodbye to about 30% of our team," a memo from Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden, circulated around the company, said.  Bird said it is providing four weeks of pay, three months of health coverage and an extended time frame of 12 mon...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, Elon Musk, Trends, Bird, Electric, Business Insider, Santa Monica Calif, CDPQ, Cory Weinberg, Wonderschool, VanderZanden


Bird lays off about 30% of workforce amid COVID-19 pandemic

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 your teammates,” Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden wrote to staffers in a memo, obtained by TechCrunch, today. “As you know, we’ve had to pause many markets ...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, Layoffs, China, Tech, Bird, Lime, San Francisco Bay Area, VanderZanden, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Silicon Valley Meanwhile Lime


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


David Sacks’s Craft Ventures just closed its second fund with $500 million

Craft Ventures, the venture firm launched in 2017 by serial entrepreneur David Sacks, has closed its second fund with $500 million in capital commitments, an amount the firm was said to begin targeting roughly a year ago. Craft’s debut fund had closed with $350 million. The outfit — which Sacks runs with other serial entrepreneurs Bill Lee (Remarq, Social Concepts), Jeff Fluhr (StubHub, Spreecast), and Sky Dayton (who has founded and cofounded a lot of companies) — invests in series seed through...
Tags: TC, Travis Vanderzanden, San Francisco, Tech, Paypal, Craft, Travis Kalanick, David Sacks, Lee, Dayton, Boingo, EarthLink, Bill Lee, Geni, Fluhr, Craft Ventures


Uber, Lime and Spin scooters are now legal in SF

Uber, Lime and Spin have officially deployed their electric scooters on the streets of San Francisco as part of the city’s permitting program. Last month, the city announced Uber’s JUMP, Lime, Ford’s Spin and Scoot were granted permits to operate the shared electric scooter services. Scoot, however, has operated in the city since last year. The new program allows Scoot to operate 1,000 scooters, down from the 1,250 it had previously operated, while JUMP, Spin and Lime will be able to deplo...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, San Francisco, Tech, Ford, Jump, Scoot, Lime, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Norman Yee, New Mobility Robotics Alan Wells


CDPQ backs micromobility firm Bird

Santa Monica, California-based Bird, a micromobility company, has secured US$50 million in funding. The investor was Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. One of Canada’s top institutional fund managers, CDPQ has held C$326.7 billion in net assets, as of June 30, 2019. PRESS RELEASE MONTRÉAL, Oct. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) is announcing an equity investment of US$50 million in Bird Rides, Inc. (Bird), the global leader in sustainable micromobility. ...
Tags: Facebook, Travis Vanderzanden, US, Trends, Tech, Canada, Bird, Santa Monica California, PE Deals, CDPQ, Bird Rides Inc Bird, Jeffrey R Smith, Digital Investment Strategy CDPQ, Bird Now


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


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


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


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


Bird lays off up to 5% of workforce

Electric scooter startup Bird has laid off between four to five percent of its workforce, . That comes out to about 40 people of its ~900-employee workforce. This comes shortly after Lyft laid off up to 50 employees in its bikes and scooters division. “As we establish local service centers and deeper roots in cities where we provide service, we have shifting geographic workforce needs,” a Bird spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We are expanding our employee bases in locations that match our grow...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Travis Vanderzanden, Layoffs, Tech, Bird, Electric Scooters, Santa Monica, Personnel, New Zealand Bird Platform


Transportation Weekly: Waymo unleashes laser bear, Bird spreads its wings, Lyft tightens its belt

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fifth edition of our newsletter and we love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here, here and here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming).  This week, we explore the world of light detec...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, Elon Musk, UK, Technology, California, France, China, Samsung, Sacramento, Articles, Tech, Tesla


Bird launches platform to let entrepreneurs manage their own fleet of scooters

Bird is launching its new program, Bird Platform, in New Zealand, Canada and Latin America in the coming weeks. First up is New Zealand, where Bird has partnered with a local entrepreneur to manage a fleet of Bird electric scooters. Residents of New Zealand will start to see Bird scooters on the streets next week. The platform is part of Bird’s mission to bring its scooters across the world “and empower local entrepreneurs in regions where we weren’t planning to launch to run their own electr...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, Tech, New Zealand, Bird, Latin America, New Zealand Canada, VanderZanden, Bird Platform, TechCrunch Bird Platform


The Monday Roundup: Major Taylor recognized, cycling’s bro culture, campus car culture, and more

Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days… Remembered: Cycling legend and pioneer Major Taylor finally got some of the respect he deserves from America’s newspaper of record as he was featured in their special “Overlooked” series of obituaries. Cycling bros strike again: Discrimination against women is rife in the Outdoor industry and the bike industry is the worst, with 55% of women surveyed saying they’ve been victims of bias. As we were saying: A pro racer is ...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, Hollywood, Oregon, Scotland, America, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Pakistan, Portland, Taylor, Ucla, Addis Ababa, U S House, U S Census


Bird CEO on scooter startup copycats, unit economics, safety and seasonality

Bird’s electric scooters were on full display at the Upfront Summit in Malibu last week, a two-day event that brings together the likes of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC’s elite.  Not only were a dozen or so brand spanking new scooters available to ride throughout the event but Upfront general partner Mark Suster, an investor in the startup, was seen riding a Bird on stage to the tune of Chamillionaire’s ‘Ridin’ Dirty.’ Plus, Bird founder and chief executive officer Travis Vande...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, Washington, Washington Dc, Alibaba, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Bird, Malibu, Mark Suster, Santa Monica, Chamillionaire, Suster, Hollywood Silicon Valley, VanderZanden


SXSW Adds Keynote, Featured Speakers For 2019

SXSW is just weeks away and the organizers have announced a slate of additions to the Keynote and Featured Speaker lineup for the 2019 event. The updated list of Keynote speakers announced for the event includes Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, director, actress, producer and activist Olivia Wilde, and the addition of Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger to a conversation with Kevin Systrom and Josh Constine. Contributors who have joined the Featured Speakers list for 2019...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, Music, Instagram, Neil Gaiman, United States, Jeffrey Katzenberg, John, Olivia Wilde, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Cameron Crowe, Vox Media, Sxsw, Priscilla Chan, Tim Ferriss, Bruce Houghton


And Uber is going with . . . Bird (looks like)

Five months ago, the Bay Area-based electric scooter rental company Lime joined forces with the ride-hailing giant Uber, which both invested in the company as part of a $335 million round and said it was going to promote Lime in its mobile app. It’s looking now like that may have been a mistake for Lime. Though Lime presumably shared information with its investor, Uber is now on the cusp of acquiring Lime’s fiercest rival Bird, according to several sources, none of whom quite knows at what...
Tags: Travel, TC, Lyft, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, China, San Francisco, Bird, Travis Kalanick, Sequoia Capital, Kalanick, Bay Area, Lime, Dara, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi


Will Uber gobble up Lime or fly off with Bird?

Winter is coming. It’s time for scooter startups to find a cozy, protective blanket to get them through the chilly months. For Lime and Bird, that could be Uber . The pair of venture capital darlings, which both operate fleets of electric scooters around the world, are said to be in talks with the SoftBank-backed ride-hailing behemoth about a possible acquisition, as first reported by The Information. The news follows Lyft’s of bike-rental service Motivate, Ford’s acquisition of dockless ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, London, Softbank, Los Angeles, Tech, Austin, Ford, Sydney, Venture Capital, Bird, Seattle, Electric Scooters, Lime


Uber said to be in talks to acquire Bird or Lime scooter-sharing startups

According to latest report, Uber is said to be in talks with Bird on a possible “multibillion-dollar” acquisition and, as a fallback, Uber has also been talking to smaller competitor Lime as well. Uber already owns a minority stake in Lime. Partnership with Lime earlier this year brought electric scooters to Uber’s app. Both the sides are said to be focusing on getting the deal done as Uber is trying to lock up the market before it gets flooded. The report suggests that Uber is looking to sec...
Tags: Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, News, Blogging, Rumors, Bird, Lime, Lime Partnership


For a small fee, entrepreneurs can now manage their own fleet of Bird e-scooters

Bird announced today that it will sell its electric scooters to entrepreneurs and small business owners, who can then rent them out as part of a new service called Bird Platform. The company will provide the independent operators with scooters, which they are given free rein to brand as they please, as well as access to the company’s marketplace of chargers and mechanics, in exchange for 20 percent of the cost of each ride. Bird says fleet managers, which may be independent entrepreneurs or l...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, Texas, San Francisco, Tech, Austin, Transport, Bird, Silicon Valley, Electric Scooters, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, E-scooters, VanderZanden, Michael Schramm, Bird Platform


You can ride Bird’s e-scooters in London starting today — but only in Olympic Park

It was only a matter of time before the electric scooters infiltrated the U.K. Today, the well-funded startup Bird is launching a fleet of its shareable e-scooters in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As part of the pilot, the company is making the scooters available between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. for anyone heading between Stratford and Here East, a co-working campus located in the middle of the park that’s also home to Bird’s London office. Here’s a map of the approved route: Londoners or a...
Tags: TC, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, UK, London, Tech, Ireland, Paris, Venture Capital, Bird, Upfront Ventures, Olympic Park, Stratford, Santa Monica, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Sound Ventures


Bird hires Uber’s former head of finance and director of corporate development

Bird, the scooter-sharing startup founded by former Uber VP of International Growth Travis VanderZanden, has brought a couple of former Uber employees to the flock. Joining Bird as VP and Head of Finance is Dennis Cinelli, who worked as Uber’s head of finance for global rides up until this month, according to his LinkedIn. Uber, of course, is not without a financial leader. In August,  the company hired Nelson Chai, the former CEO of insurance and warranty provider Warranty Group. Bird ha...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, Tech, Bird, Dennis, Ling, Personnel, Nelson Chai, Head of Finance, Dennis Cinelli, LinkedIn Uber, Warranty Group Bird, Yibo Ling, LinkedIn As Bird


Bird unveils custom electric scooters and delivery

Bird, the electric scooter sharing startup worth $2 billion, is further differentiating itself from the rest of the pack with the launch of custom, rugged electric scooters. These will roll out in the “coming weeks” post-beta testing in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Baltimore, Austin and Salt Lake City. Dubbed Bird Zero, the scooters have 60 percent more battery life, and better ride stability and durability than the original model. There’s also an integrated digital screen to display your...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, Tech, Bird, Ninebot, Electric Scooters, San Francisco California, Embarcadero, David Paul Morris Bloomberg, VanderZanden, Segway Ninebot, Sequoia Capital Xiaomi, Lime Bird and Spin, Bird Rides Inc, Los Angeles Nashville Atlanta Baltimore Austin


Bird hits 10 million scooter rides

Bird just announced 10 million scooter rides since launching about one year ago. If this story sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because Bird competitor Lime earlier today announced it surpassed 11.5 million rides across its shared bikes and scooters. Bird, which launched last September in Santa Monica, Calif., currently operates in 100 cities and has over two million unique riders, Bird founder and CEO Travis VanderZanden told TechCrunch. But Bird’s first year of operations has been full...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, San Francisco, Tech, Bird, Electric Scooters, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Calif, VanderZanden, San Francisco Lime, Skip VanderZanden


We love electric scooters but is the Bird trend actually bad for the environment?

The debut of electric scooter programs in cities such as Austin, Washington D.C. and San Diego has been making headlines with promises of cleaner air, but is this really the case? Between LimeBike, Waybots, Spin and Bird, which has been newly introduced to the Los Angeles area, there is a plethora of companies jumping on the trend of promoting eco-friendly scooters to city planners and residents. With public transportation methods significantly improving in environmental efficiency — and the ma...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, Design, Environment, Cars, Los Angeles, Features, Austin, Paris, Innovation, San Diego, Carbon Emissions, Urban Planning, Bird, Carbon Footprint, Public Transportation, Electric Scooters