E-scooter startup Bird is raising another $300M
Electric scooter startupis said to be nearing a deal to extend its Series C funding with an additional $300 million led by cross-over investor Fidelity, according to an Axios report . Bird declined to comment.
Fidelity has not previously invested in Bird and is reportedly doing so at a flat pre-money valuation of $2 billion, which Bird earned with a$300 million Sequoia-led financing in June. Santa Monica-based Bird has raised more than $400 million in venture capital funding to date from investors, including Accel, CRV, Greycroft, Index Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Craft Ventures and Tusk Ventures.
The investment comes at a time when many investors are losing faith in scooter startups』 claims to be the solution to the problem of last-mile transportation, as companies in the space display poor unit economics, faulty batteries and a general air of undependability.Bird』s biggest e-scooter competitor, has at least expanded its suite of micro-mobility offerings from bikes and scooters toLimePods, a line of shareable vehicles available in Seattle, to peak investor interest. San Francisco-based Lime has been seen pitching to investors in Silicon Valley recently, too, with reports indicating it』s looking for a $400 million investment at a $3 billion valuation — more than three times the valuation it garnered with a$335 million round in July.
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