Bird Announces Revenue Rebound, More Losses — and an E-bike

Harri Weber

Harri is dot.LA's senior finance reporter. She previously worked for Gizmodo, Fast Company, VentureBeat and Flipboard. Find her on Twitter and send tips on L.A. startups and venture capital to harrison@dot.la.

Bird Announces Revenue Rebound, More Losses — and an E-bike

Scooter startup Bird is still losing money hand over fist, though the losses are slowing slightly and revenue is picking up as pandemic restrictions ease.

With plans to go public via a SPAC, the Santa Monica company released its second-quarter results for 2021 today and net losses in the quarter dropped to $43.7 million compared to $50 million the same time last year. But revenue soared 477% from $60 million during the same quarter last year , thanks in no small part to riders returning from lockdowns.


In the runup to Bird's New York Stock Exchange debut, scrutiny hasramped up. The company's release today strikes a tone of reassurance.

"We expect to see continued margin improvement as global demand returns to pre-pandemic levels," said Chief Financial Officer Yibo Ling, who noted that ride profit margins have stayed above 35% in the past four quarters.

Plus Bird said its second quarter revenue topped internal expectations by 36%.

Alongside today's news, Bird is kicking off sales of its first e-bike, which features a range of 50 miles and a removable 36v battery. The company told dot.LA that its Bird Bike was created to be "an alternative to carbon-heavy, short distance car trips."

Bird e-bike

Founded in 2017, Bird leads its competitors Lime, Spin and Lyft by scooter-rental revenue. The firm has grown quickly, but after the pandemic hit it laid off 406 people in two minutes via a Zoom webinar.

So far this year, Bird has expanded into e-bikes and introduced what it calls "the industry's most eco-friendly shared e-scooter," though electric scooters were found to be less green than they might seem in a 2019 study conducted by North Carolina State University researchers.

Also this year, Bird launched in New York City, debuted on Google Maps and notched another milestone as it grew to serve 300 cities. Bird has yet to go public, but the Los Angeles business plans to do so during its third quarter in a blank-check deal that implies a $2.3 billion valuation.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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