The subsequent Uber? Scooter startups inundate US cities as appropriation pours in

They seemed clearly overnight: hundreds of two-wheeled electric scooters all over a city of Santa Monica, California.

The association behind a scooters, Bird, launched in a abundant beachside city final Sep with small allege notice, yet a product was unexpected everywhere, littering sidewalks and clogging bike paths.

Public officials were flummoxed that a association could do such a thing.

“We were not awaiting this association to launch in a approach they did and seem on a streets and sidewalks,” pronounced Anuj Gupta, emissary city manager of Santa Monica, who called Bird’s overdo “halfhearted” and “underwhelming.”

But Bird did, and in a routine has turn one of a many out-of-nowhere success stories in startup history. Founded in 2017, a association has already lifted some-more than $400 million, according to a startup database Crunchbase. It has reportedly sought valuations coming $2 billion in a many new talks.

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