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An ex-Uber employee is raising $150 million to fill the streets of San Francisco with scooters that people can rent and toss anywhere — here’s how they work

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Electric scooter startup Bird is going high these days.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Bird is raising $150 million in a Series C money round was presided over by Sequoia Capital, which will cost the company at$ 1 billion.

The company has worked aggressively to cover wall street and sidewalks of San Francisco, as well as other US municipalities, with motorized vehicles that are like Razor scooters for grown-ups. Beings can reserve a local scooter from a smartphone app, razz for a small cost, and leave the scooter anywhere at the end of a journey.

Led by a former Uber and Lyft executive, Bird has previously conjured $115 million to expand nationwide. But the company’s rise to success hasn’t been without velocity bulges. Starting on June 4, San Francisco will censor scooters from business including Bird, Spin, and Lime, unless the companies operating the vehicles have a permit.

I pass at least a dozen electric scooters on the streets of San Francisco on my daily travel, so I recently rented an electric scooter from Bird to try it for myself.

Here’s what it was like to rent and try the Bird electric scooter: The Bird has arrived in San Francisco, and beings have very mixed apprehensions about it. Universal Pictures “A few weeks ago, I had not shown any electric scooters in SF. Now you can’t exit a structure without tripping over one, ” M.G. Siegler, a general partner at Google Ventures, tweeted in April. Bird It’s genuine. Starting in March, three startups — Bird, Lime, Spin — reeled out the thousands of motorized scooter rentals in downtown San Francisco in the straddle of a few weeks. Now they’re everywhere. Melia Robinson/ Business Insider See the rest of the tale at Business Insider

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