Chief Executive Bird Global Inc.
TECH | 2022 LA500
VanderZanden founded Bird in 2017 and guided the Santa Monica-based company from its beginnings as a disruptive startup operating an electric scooter rental service to a publicly traded mobility company with customers in major cities around the world. In November, the company completed a reverse merger with a blank check company that took it public and brought a fresh infusion of cash to the company, which struggled in the early months of the pandemic. Before launching Bird, VanderZanden served as chief operating officer of rideshare company Lyft Inc. and was vice president of global driver growth for Uber Technologies Inc.