Posted in Technology NewsElectrical scooter startup Chook has laid off between 4 to 5 % of its workforce, The Info first reported. That comes out to about 40 folks of its ~900-employee workforce. This comes shortly after Lyft laid off as much as 50 workers in its bikes and scooters division. “As we set up native service facilities and deeper roots in cities the place we offer service, we now have shifting geographic workforce wants,” a Chook spokesperson instructed TechCrunch. “We're increasing our worker bases in areas that match our rising operations all over the world, whereas growing an environment friendly working construction at our Santa Monica headquarters. The latest occasions are a mirrored image of shifting geographical wants and our annual expertise assessment course of.” The layoffs have been a part of Chook’s annual efficiency assessment course of and solely affected U.S.-based workers, TechCrunch has realized. These laid off are eligible for severance, together with well being and medical advantages. Regardless of the layoffs, Chook is actively trying to rent for greater than 100 positions all through the corporate. Earlier this month, Chook unveiled its platform to let entrepreneurs handle their very own fleet of scooters in New Zealand. Chook Platform is a part of Chook’s mission to convey its scooters internationally “and empower native entrepreneurs in areas the place we weren’t planning to launch, to run their very own electrical scooter-sharing program with Chook’s tech and autos,” Chook CEO Travis VanderZanden instructed TechCrunch earlier this month. Chook has raised greater than $400 million in funding to this point and is reportedly within the midst of elevating an extra $300 million.