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Cities are trying to get ahead of future e-scooter rollouts

A man starts an e-scooter by a group of others left on an esplanade in Lisbon, Portugal
The scooter situation in Lisbon. Photo: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images.

Dockless e-scooters have arrived in cities from Austin to Paris without safety or storage guidance, resulting in imperiled pedestrians, vandalized scooters, hospitalized riders and bewildered governments — and now other cities are rushing to take proactive steps.

The big picture: Cities, especially those in the first wave to receive e-scooters, have been hamstrung in responding to unsanctioned, unregulated rollouts that call to mind Uber's playbook.

Smart buildings startup 75F raises $18 million from Bill Gates and Big Oil

Bill Gates
Bill Gates. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The smart buildings startup 75F Inc. has raised $18 million in Series A funding from backers including the Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy Ventures and the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative's VC arm.

Why it matters: Commercial buildings are a significant source of carbon emissions, so tech that helps make them more efficient is important from a climate standpoint. Plus, it's the first time OGCI, a coalition of many of the world's largest oil-and-gas companies, has invested in the buildings space.