Lyft pulls scooters from 6 cities, says it'll move toward 'bigger opportunities'
The ride-hailing company also lays off 20 employees from its bike and scooter team.Six markets in total will be losing Lyft's scooters, as first reported by TechCrunch, including Nashville, Tennessee; San Antonio; Atlanta; Dallas; Columbus, Ohio; and the Phoenix area.
Rachel Holt, Uber 's vice president of new mobility, talks about integrating bikes and scooters into the app during a company launch event in September 2019. Another of Uber 's longtime executives is leaving the company. Rachel Holt, who'd been with Uber for nearly nine years, said Tuesday that
Uber has added e- bikes to its app in some US cities and spent about another 0m to buy the bike -sharing firm Jump earlier this year. It has also invested in the electric scooter firm Lime. Khosrowshahi said investment would continue despite heavy losses at Uber , which lost .5bn in 2017.
Another of Uber's longtime executives is leaving the company. Rachel Holt, who'd been with Uber for nearly nine years, said Tuesday that she's moving on to launch a venture capital firm. Her most recent position at Uber was vice president of the division that oversees bikes, scooters and public transit partnerships.
"Making a change like this is never easy. Uber has been my home for a long time and an incredibly formative experience for me," Holton Tuesday. "I'll always remember where I was the first moment it dawned on me we might really be onto something big, when I overheard strangers talking about Uber, showing each other this cool new app they had found."
Lyft scooters leaving Atlanta, five other cities in U.S.
Lyft is eliminating its scooter operation in Atlanta, nearly a year after the devices were deployed in the city, a spokesperson confirmed Friday in an emailed statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. © Provided by CMG Corporate Services, LLCThe electric scooters will leave the city Nov. 22. The company launched in Atlanta Dec. 21, just two days after rival Uber began its own scooter service in the city. "We're grateful to our scooter riders in Atlanta as well as our partners in Atlanta city government," read the statement. "We look forward to continuing to provide riders with other modes of reliable transportation.
Uber 's chief executive says the company is planning to shift its emphasis away from cars and more towards electric bikes and scooters . In an interview with the Financial Times, Dara Khosrowshahi said that the company is forecasting that city-dwellers will make more frequent and shorter journeys in the
Yet another Uber executive is leaving. Prabir Adarkar, the company's head of global finance, is headed for the CFO's office at DoorDash. His move to food delivery startup is the latest in a long string of high-profile departures from Uber . Adarkar joined Uber in 2015 to head up forecasting and financial
When Holt joined Uber in 2011, she came on as a general manager to launch the ride-hailing service in Washington, DC, which was the sixth city for the company. She went on to become general manager of the East Coast and then all of the US and Canada. In July 2018, she was appointed vice president of new mobility.
During her tenure at Uber, Holt has been present for the fast-paced rise of the startup and the last several months as it's . Since its May debut on Wall Street, Uber's , and it's seen an . Uber has also in three rounds of cuts.
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Holt was a vocal advocate for Uber during a tumultuous 2017, when the company was dealing with mounting scandals and eventually the and former CEO Travis Kalanick. In March of that year, after Kalanick was caught on a dashcam , Holt and promised the company would do better by its drivers.
"We've underinvested in the driver experience and relationships with many drivers are frayed," Holt said. "We have listened and we've heard that the major pain points from drivers are earnings, stress, support and communications. We are committed to making progress on core driver issues this year."
As head of new mobility, Holt has overseen the expansion of Uber's transit modes outside of traditional ride-hailing. She's helped lead the expansion of the company's Jump pedal-assist bikes and its . She's additionally been responsible for ramping up Uber's own electric scooter program, which also goes under the moniker Jump.
The venture capital firm Holt is launching is called Construct Capital and will be based in Washington, DC. Though she's leaving Uber, she'll stay on as a company advisor.
"Moments like these are bittersweet," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an emailed statement. "While we will all miss Rachel's talent, expertise and passion for Uber, I'm really proud she is taking everything she's learned here to help identify, build and scale the next generation of startups."
If you have an endless hatred for scooters, this Instagram account is made for you
Bird Graveyard, an Instagram account launched last June, lists all the photos and videos of self-service scooters destroyed by the community. And if you hate these things, it will do you a lot of good.
You may have noticed that if you live in Paris, green scooters have appeared on the streets since June 23., a service straight from the United States, offers these self-service machines a bit like the bikes (project abandoned since), , or . But this new approach did not only make people happy.
Since June, an Instagram account called("the cemetery of " - another service of two wheels self-service, in French) lists photos of scooters mistreated by residents, visibly very dissatisfied with their presence in the middle of the street or sidewalk. If in France, these devices are currently installed only in the capital, they are already in place in several major cities in the United States such as Los Angeles, San Francisco or Austin. And some of them are already the victims of the anger of some, as evidenced by this account spotted by Thursday July 26.
Thrown at the bottom of a river, broken in half or even burned alive, scooters of the Lime and Bird services have fatal destinies. And Bird Graveyard is there to compile them. Submitted by different Instagram users, the images and videos published by the account all have the same purpose.
When questioned by, the creators of the account - whose identities remain secret - explain that "the company waits for the population to work for it. Even if the tasks are insignificant, like putting away its scooter in its garden for example". He added: "When can someone who abandons their property on the street hope that it will be respected by others?"
also asked Bird about the presence of this account on Instagram. A spokesperson said: "Vandalism is an issue that should not be tolerated by the public or law enforcement. Bird encourages people to report incidents of vandalism and irresponsible behavior to local authorities and to the company. We are investigating all reports to Bird. "
In the meantime,is still active and continues to conquer Instagram users. There are already more than 12,700 people following the page, and liking these murders of scooters.
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