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Bird Laying Off Nearly a Quarter of Employees

The electric scooter startup is streamlining and consolidating.

Micromobility company Bird is laying off a significant portion of its workforce, according to multiple reports.

Layoffs.fyi first reported the news and Bird later confirmed to TechCrunch it would cut 23% of its staff. 

The electric scooter rental startup employs some 600 people, which means 138 will find themselves without a job. 

Some layoffs have already taken place and affect positions ranging from new hires to senior managers. 

Bird told TechCrunch macroeconomic trends put the company on a path that requires it to reduce cost structure, allowing the company to expand. 

Bird offers transportation services in over 350 communities worldwide. 

In May, TechCrunch reported Bird planned to “streamline and consolidate its resourcing against its core business.”

Bird also laid off 30% of its employees, about 406 workers, in March of 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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