The buzziest startup idea in the US right now involves dumping hundreds of dockless scooters in a city and then hiring them out to people who want to make short trips.
Scooter rental startups Lime and Bird were only founded last year but have raised million of dollars in funding and racked up a collective valuation of $3 billion.
Two big-name European investors, Index and Atomico, jumped on funding rounds just as the trend is set to hit Europe.
Index partner Martin Mignot said taking scooters and other light electronic vehicles for short trips could be as common as taking public transport.
Bird registered a UK company in May, showing it’s preparing for a European launch.
Top European investors Atomico and Index Ventures have separately made bets on two US electric scooter startups, hoping to win big on the buzzy trend before it takes off globally.
Atomico has invested an undisclosed amount in Lime, while Index Ventures led Bird’s $100 million Series B round earlier this year.
Bird and Lime are both headquartered in California and may be worth a collective $3 billion. Bird is reportedly seeking a $2 billion valuation for its latest funding round, while Lime is worth $1 billion after raising millions …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology