Bird has laid off lower than two dozen employees, The San Francisco Chronicle first reported. The layoffs have an effect on employees Bird introduced on board following its~$25 million acquisition of Scoot earlier this 12 months.
These affected have been salaried employees and/or folks with technical backgrounds, in response to Bird.
“The combination of Bird and Scoot doesn’t influence or change our earlier or future commitments to San Francisco or to offering its residents and guests entry to the best high quality and most dependable shared micromobility automobiles and providers,” a Bird spokesperson informed TechCrunch. We’re planning to relocate quite a lot of Scoot group members to our Santa Monica headquarters whereas additionally sustaining an workplace in San Francisco for our operations and upkeep groups in addition to quite a lot of regionally particular roles.
Scoot at present operates electrical kick scooters and mopeds in San Francisco, the place it’s certainly one of 4 corporations permitted to take action, in addition to different varieties of automobiles in Santiago and Barcelona.
This spherical marks Bird’s second set of layoffs this 12 months. In March, Bird laid off between 4 to 5 % of its workforce. These layoffs have been a part of Birds annual efficiency overview course of and solely affected U.S.-based employees.
In October, Bird closed a $275 million Sequence D spherical led by CDPQ and Sequoia Capital at a $2.5 billion pre-money valuation. That very same month, at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden informed me he needs the Scoot model to dwell on.
“We think it is a strong brand particularly with cities and so we want it to live on,” he mentioned. “It’ll certainly live on in San Francisco. And then we’re still trying to figure out in other cities what makes the most sense for the brand.”