Here Are the Big Players in the Great Scooter Startup War

May 22, 2018, 3:57 PM UTC
Users ride LimeBike and Bird electric scooters in San Francisco. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Electric scooters are exploding in popularity. So much so that “Bird hunting” is now a thing (we don’t mean actually hunting down bird animals) and people are becoming wildly protective of their scooters.

As the hype builds, so does the capital. Both Bird and LimeBike are rumored to be in the middle of raising massive rounds, and Lyft is reportedly developing prototypes of potential scooter designs.

In April, Uber acquired dockless e-bike service Jump Bikes (formerly known as Social Bicycles) for a reported amount of $200 million. The company had only raised little more than $11 million in venture funding from investors including Menlo Ventures, SOSV, and SineWave Ventures. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Jump will likely get into e-scooters as well.

Flush with cash, below are the top e-scooter players competing for investor dollars.


Total funding: $115 million, but it’s reportedly in the middle of raising another $200 million in new capital.

Investors include: Index Ventures, Tusk Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Valor Equity Partners, Craft Ventures, Goldcrest Capital, and Lead Edge Capital.


Total funding: $132 million, but it’s reportedly in the middle of raising up to $500 million in new funding.

Investors include: Andreessen Horowitz, Fifth Wall Ventures, GGV Capital, Section 32, Rainbow Technologies, Coatue Management, IMO Ventures, DCM Ventures, Decent Capital, IDG Ventures, 7 Seas Ventures, and DHVC


Total funding: $8 million

Investors include: Grishin Robotics, CRCM Ventures, and Exponent


Total funding: $6 million

Investors include: Initialized Capital, SV Angel, A.Capital Ventures, and Fifty Years.

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