Bird Rides Inc., the Silicon Beach startup that has disrupted local transit with its shared electric scooters, is making some changes to its domestic workforce.
The company laid off 4 to 5 percent of its staff on Thursday, reported The Information.
Bird has a presence in the Boston area: Brookline officials this week approved a pilot program for Bird and another electric scooter company, Lime, according to WBUR. Boston city councilors and Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing how to regulate the scooters.
The job cuts affect about 40 employees on a staff of about 900.
“As we establish local service centers and deeper roots in cities where we provide service, we have shifting geographic workforce needs,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch. “We are expanding our employee bases in locations that match our growing operations around the world, while developing an efficient operating structure at our Santa Monica headquarters. The recent events are a reflection of shifting geographical needs and our annual talent review process.”
Per the statement, the layoffs affected U.S. employees as part of the company’s annual performance reviews. Effected employees will receive severance, including health and medical benefits, reported TechCrunch.
Meanwhile, Bird is hiring for 100 jobs companywide.
The move follows Bird’s launch of Bird Platform to expand to foreign markets where it doesn’t have a presence yet, starting with New Zealand, Canada and Latin America. The suite of technologies, products and services will enable entrepreneurs to manage their own fleets of shared e-scooters.
Meanwhile, Bird itself will focus on the U.S. and European markets, where it operates in more than 100 cities. The company has raised $415 million and is valued at $2 billion.