Venture Capitalists at Work by Sheetal Shah, Tarang Shah

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Michael BirchBebo, Birthday Alarm

Michael Birch is the co-founder of Ringo, Bebo, and Birthday Alarm. In 2008, he and his wife sold Bebo to AOL for $850 million. One of the earlier pioneers of social networking companies, Michael launched Ringo, one of the very first social networks, within a few weeks of Friendster.

Having worked in a number of what he calls “boring computer-related jobs for insurance companies,” Michael relished the chance to set up an internet-based family business with his wife and brother, Paul. Their first web site idea, Birthday Alarm, came from Michael’s own embarrassment from constantly forgetting the birthdays of his ...

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