People, it has been a hard month for starting scooters.
After Lyft set up dozens of employees earlier this month in his scooter and bicycle division, Bird is the latest scooter outfit to cut staff. The information reported on Friday that the company waived about 5 percent of its employees, which corresponded to just over three dozen employees in total.
A spokesman for e-scooter startup told the layoffs as part of the company's "Our changing needs, geographical business requirements and our annual talent selection process." As Bird focuses his energies on service centers in local markets, the spokesman said it has " changing geographical labor needs ".
Bird, an important player in ongoing e-scooter takeover of city streets across the world, saw the valuation double to $ 2 billion in just four months after two funding rounds totaling $ 400 million last summer.
The Wall Street Journal, referring to people familiar with the matter, reported in December that its ambitious targets for additional funding in hundreds of millions were stopped after interest cooling. Bird was still reported in January to raise another $ 300 million round.
News about the layoffs comes when the company tightens its belt and shifts its focus from scaling to "the unit's finances in the business," Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden told the information. However, the website noted that the company currently has hundreds of open position listings, many of which are in the home at its Santa Monica headquarters.
Earlier this month, Lift's scooter and bicycle division turned about 50 employees, TechCrunch reported at that time. The redundancies, which amounted to a small one percent of the company's employees, told affected staff about departments and markets. A spokesman for the company told TechCrunch that the redundancies came as "part of our performance management process."