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Here to revolutionize your commute is Bird, a new escooter sharing company

The bikes of the future are looking more and more like the bikes of your past. We’re talking, of course, about the renaissance of the scooter, which seems to have hit a new stride now that it’s found electricity. Escooters seem to be popping up all over the country these days and have become so popular that a number of companies are now looking to offer escooter sharing systems.

The latest to enter the scene is Bird, a company founded by a man who knows a little something about mobility solutions. His name is Travis VanderZanden, who was previously the vice president of growth at Uber, and previous to that, the chief operating officer of Lyft. But now, he is on his own, and launching a new company that doesn’t offer car services, but rather scooter services.

Bird is based in Santa Monica, California, and over the course of the last six months, VanderZanden has launched around 1,000 of these escooters around the city. So far, he tells TechCrunch, 50,000 people have taken around 250,000 rides. Getting started on Bird ought to be pretty easy.

New riders need a driver’s license and a credit card number (which they enter into the Bird app). Once that is done, you are charged £1 to unlock the scooter and an additional 15 cents for each minute. You will be able to go as far as the scooter can take you and at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.

Apparently, some folks have made Birds take them all the way to Los Angeles International Airport, while others have ridden from Santa Monica into downtown L.A. (about a 15.5-mile commute). For the time being, the dockless escooters are only available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Once that timeframe is up, Bird employees collect the scooters to clear them off the streets, and then replace them in front of coffee houses and other small businesses, as requested, beginning early the next morning.

So far, Bird seems to be doing quite well. The company managed to close a £15 million Series A funding round. “People are taking notice of how quickly Bird is growing,” VanderZanden said, noting that a number of copycat companies have already popped up. “Preventing car ownership is the goal of all these companies.

I think if all of us are successful, that’s fine.”

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unblu listed by Gartner in CRM Vendor Guide for third consecutive year

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unblu recognized as key player in CRM Software Community, focused on revolutionizing customer engagement, increasing revenue and reducing operational costs.

Sarnen, Switzerland May 24th, 2016 – The latest CRM Vendor Guide 2016 from leading analyst house Gartner, which aims to aid those charged with selection of CRM technology to identify vendors in multiple categories of CRM, listed unblu under both Co-browsing and European CRM Application software specialists. This is the third year in a row that unblu was recognized for its market presence. Gartner s guide recognizes the evolution of the customer services business application space to a multi-channel center incorporating numerous media channels and devices. The aim of this is to further revolutionize digital customer engagement and experience on multiple channels to ultimately increase customer satisfaction and revenue. According to Gartner the focus of CRM technology now lies on transforming customer interactions. In this context, collaborative browsing and live engagement as offered by unblu has become a key capability when designing customer engagement journeys.

We are excited to be recognized as an established part of the global CRM software community. Building on our strength in collaborative browsing, we have now launched the unblu Customer Engagement Suite. We are looking forward to being acknowledged as a suite player in forthcoming Gartner research said Luc Haldimann, CEO of unblu.

A summary of the report can be found on the Gartner webpage1.

About unblu:unblu provides web customer engagement software with a vision to bring personal online guidance and interaction to every website. With hundreds of organizations already using unblu’s co-browsing solutions, the company is helping its customers to transform the way online business is done. unblu’s products are available on premise and in the cloud. To learn more about unblu, please visit www.unblu.com2.

For more information, please contact:Jens Rabeunblu inc.+41 (41) 511 27 11


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