Travis VanderZanden

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Travis VanderZanden
ResidenceSan Francisco, California, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (BBA)
USC Marshall School of Business (MBA)
Known forFounder of Bird

Travis VanderZanden is an American businessman, the founder and current CEO of Bird, a scooter sharing service. Before founding Bird, VanderZanden was Chief Operating Officer at Lyft, then VP of International Growth at Uber.

Education and early career[edit]

VanderZanden attended University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire from 1997 to 2002, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration. He worked as a product manager at Qualcomm starting in 2002, and received an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business 2007 while working there.[1]

After leaving Qualcomm, he was Chief Revenue Officer for Yammer from 2009 to 2011, then left to co-found Cherry, an on-demand car-wash service. He was CEO of Cherry until 2013, when the company was acquired by Lyft, and he was brought on as Chief Operating Officer.[3] He left Lyft for Uber in October of 2014; Lyft sued him for allegedly breaking his confidentiality agreement, and the lawsuit was settled for undisclosed terms with VanderZanden denying any wrongdoing.[4][5] VanderZanden then left Uber in October of 2016.[6]


VanderZanden founded Bird in summer of 2017. The company deployed its first scooters that September, before raising a $15 million Series A round of financing in February, 2018.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Travis VanderZanden". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  2. ^ "Travis VanderZanden - CEO & Founder - Bird". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  3. ^ "Lyft Acquires Cherry, Prepares for Lyft-off in Seattle". Lyft Blog. 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  4. ^ Kosoff, Maya (2014-10-06). "Uber Has Hired The Former COO Of Its Biggest Competitor". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  5. ^ Levine, Dan (2016-06-28). "Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives". U.S. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  6. ^ Carson, Biz (2016-09-30). "The only executive to hold a high-ranking position at both Uber and Lyft is leaving Uber". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  7. ^ Loizos, Connie (2018-02-13). "This former Uber (and Lyft) exec just raised $15 million for his controversial e-scooter startup: Bird". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-06-01.

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