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通过比传统电子摩托车租赁公司更快,更具创新的计划,Shared hit the streetsin 2019. When COVID-19 hit a year later, the Seattle-based company nearly crashed.

Now Shared isZOOMERS.,骑在波特兰的枢轴上,开始持续的可能并将滑板车共享启动转为直接的消费者和物流硬件业务。该公司在最低点持续到30,000美元的公司,现金流正面和轨道在2021年的收入达到约400万美元 - 从2020年增加了近500%。

When the pandemic hit last March, Shared was asked to remove all of its scooters from the streets of Portland, where it was operating a rental program in partnership with the city.

“We put a pause on our operations and warehoused our scooters, completely cutting off the business’s revenues,” CEO and co-founderBraydon Batungbacal.said. “This was also right around the time we were in the process of trying to close our next round of funding.”

Shared had previouslyraised$1 million from Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group and other local angels.


The rental inventory was retrofitted for consumer use with a key/lock ignition and the IoT guts were ripped out of the scooters.

“我们卖完了我们整个翻新舰队old customers in Portland in under a month,” Batungbacal said.”The demand was so strong once we made it clear they were available for sale that we immediately took the capital generated to create a new iteration of the Zoomer exclusively focused on consumer ownership and usage.”


While they may not have seen COVID coming, the experience of running a rental business taught the founders some valuable lessons.

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“The rental business is definitely a difficult one,” Batungbacal said. “There’s so many moving parts that are deeply co-dependent on one another that makes it a huge challenge, as well as challenges outside of your control like vandalism and theft.”


The plan is to focus on one model rather than a diverse lineup of products, offering an expanding selection of plug-and-play accessories for the Zoomer.


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