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An ex-Uber VP got $15 million for his new electric scooter startup — and it’s already causing chaos

Electric scooter rental startup Bird has raised $15 million to expand throughout the US. It launched in September 2017 in Santa Monica, California, and has already been hit with a criminal complaint by the city. Dockless bikes have caused some disruption in cities, but Bird argues that it's different. SAN FRANCISCO — An electric scooter rental startup led by a former Uber and Lyft executive that has caused chaos in Santa Monica has landed $15 million in funding to expand across the US.
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