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Imperial College London, BS 1991


Co-Founder, CEO
Non-Executive Director

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Michael Birch

Michael Birch is the Co-founder of Bebo and

Birthday Alarm.

Birch was raised in North London, England, went to Imperial College, London in Central London (where he met Xochi, his wife), then worked in West London. After finally deciding that he had done London, Michael moved to San Francisco in 2002.

Michael and Xochi Birch sold Bebo to AOL in March 2008 for USD 850 million. Their combined 70% stake yielded a profit of $595 million from the deal.

In June 2008, Michael invested in, and joined the board of, along with Julian Lennon and Gordon Crawford.

He is also an investor in Goodreads, a book oriented social network.

Having worked in a number of not-so-exciting computer related jobs, he relished the chance to set up an Internet based family business with his wife, Xochi and brother, Paul. Remembering birthdays was never his strong point, much to his embarrassment, so what could be better than something he could use himself.

Michael was responsible for developing the original Birthday Alarm website back in 2001, but is no longer involved in its development.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Frontback 10/2013Seed$3M10 4/2013Venture Round5
Rabbit 2/2013Seed$3.3M3
Calm 2/2013Seed$415k12
BlackJet 10/2012Venture Round$2.14M29
Streak 10/2012Convertible Note$1.9M10 6/2012Series A$7.9M21
Couple 5/2012Seed$4.2M13
ResearchGate 2/2012Series B6
Housebites 7/2011Seed2
Mixpanel 5/2011Seed$1.25M4
Slice 5/2011Series A$9.4M6
Pinterest 5/2011Series A$10M7
SwipeGood 2/2011Venture Round$500k7 1/2011Series A$5M12
citysocializer 12/2010Series A$1.58M3
BranchOut 9/2010Series A$6M17
ResearchGate 9/2010Series A9
Spot formerly PlacePop 7/2010Venture Round$1.4M4
Mixpanel 2/2010Angel$500k2
Pinterest 1/2010Angel$500k10
JustSpotted 10/2009Seed$750k5
Eventbrite 12/2008Series A$1.5M13
TownHog 5/2008Seed$1.88M4 4/2008Angel$520k1
Goodreads 11/2007Angel$750k6



    Bebo founder buys back social network for $1M ( [edit]
  1. Buzzy Photo App Frontback Shuns Twitter Interest, Raises Millions Instead ( [edit]
  2. Raises Funding From SV Angel, Spark Capital To Improve Communication For Salespeople ( [edit]
  3. Video Chat Startup Rabbit Raises $3.3 Million From Google Ventures, CrunchFund, And Bebo Founder Michael Birch ( [edit]
  4. Relaxation Resource Launches iPhone App That Helps You Chill, Grabs $415K In Angel Funding ( [edit]
  5. Uber Co-Founder Garrett Camp Launches BlackJet, The “Uber For Private Jets” ( [edit]
  6. Streak Raises $1.9 Million For Gmail-Based CRM App ( [edit]
  7. Social Fundraising Platform,, Raises $7.9 Million to Rally the World ( [edit]
  8. Yuri Milner, Dave Morin, SV Angel, CrunchFund And More Hook Up Pair With $4.2M ( [edit]
  9. Founders Fund Invests in ResearchGate, The Professional Network For Scientists ( [edit]
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  11. Data Tracking Startup Mixpanel Raises $1.25 Million From Sequoia, Rabois, Levchin, And Birch ( [edit]
  12. Online Shopping Startup ProjectSlice Raises $9.4 Million From Eric Schmidt, Michael Birch And Others ( [edit]
  13. Pinterest Has Already Pinned Down $10M At A $40M Valuation ( [edit]
  14. SwipeGood Raises $500K From Michael Birch And Others To Allow You To Donate With Each Purchase ( [edit]
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  16. CitySocialising Raises £1 Million In Series A Round Led By PROfounders Capital ( [edit]
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  18. ResearchGATE Closes Series A Funding for Social Media Site for ( [edit]
  19. PlacePop Looks To Give Any Business Its Own Rewards Program, Raises $1.4M ( [edit]
  20. Mixpanel Raises Seed Funding From Metrics Gurus Max Levchin And Michael Birch ( [edit]
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