Bird Considers Acquiring Scoot; Needham Joins Riot Games; Backstage Accelerator Backed by Google

Bird May Acquire Scoot

A new report from TechCrunch suggests Santa Monica-based e-scooter operator Bird Rides Inc. might acquire Singapore-based e-scooter startup Scoot. Scoot was last valued at roughly $71 million and is backed by New York-based Scout Ventures. Both parties declined to comment or confirm the reports.

Google Supports Backstage Accelerator

Sawtelle-based venture capital investor Backstage Capital announced June 6 it received funding from Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Google to boost its three-month Backstage Accelerator program. The Accelerator will now offer participating startups access to Google spaces, workshops, advisors, and product experts, according to Socaltech. Both Backstage and Google declined to share how much Google is investing. Six companies make up the Accelerator’s first L.A. class.

Riot Games Hires New Global Esports Lead

John Needham will run West L.A.-based Riot Games Inc.’s esports division, taking over from its previous co-directors Jarred Kennedy and Whalen Rozelle, who will transition to different roles within the game company. Needham was the prior director of Riot Games’ European and North American operations, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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