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46

Portfolio Exits

13

About Michael Birch

Michael Birch is the Founder of Bebo and makes angel investments.

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Is Bebo coming back in 2021? What we know about Michael Birch’s relaunch, and what happened to the old version

Feb 3, 2021

The ‘coming soon’ message on Bebo’s homepage (Photo: Bebo) Bebo – once the UK’s most popular social network – is making a comeback. Rumours of its return begun swirling last week, when people noticed a “coming soon” message on the site’s previously dormant homepage. The i newsletter latest news and analysis Email address is invalidEmail address is invalid Thank you for subscribing! Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. However, none of the buttons on the site worked, leading to many believe it was a hoax. Co-founder Michael Birch has now revealed that he really is relaunching the site, and plans to provide an antidote to Facebook and Twitter . When is Bebo coming back? The message on Bebo’s homepage says it will be launching in February 2021, meaning it should go live in the next few weeks. However, it will initially only be available to a select list of invitees. The homepage says: “This is a totally new site developed by the original founders. All the old accounts are long gone (probably for the better, though sorry for the old photos! )” The original Bebo was very popular in the 2000s (Photo: Bebo) It adds that Donald Trump is already banned from the site ahead of launch. “The world really IS moving forward!” it says. Mr Birch launched Bebo- which stands for “blog early, blog often” – in 2005. It quickly gained popularity in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It boasted more than 40 million users at its peak. He sold the site to AOL in 2008 for $850m (£623m), along with his wife Xochi, before later buying it back for $1 million, and converting it into an e-sports streaming site. They sold that service to Twitch, owned by Amazon, for $25 million in 2019, but kept the rights to the Bebo brand. How will the new Bebo work? Mr Birch has described Bebo’s relaunch as “live social networking”. “When you’re logged into Bebo you’re aware of which other friends are online.” he told BBC News . “You can interact with them in real-time. You can comment on their photo on their profile. They’ll get notified, they’ll come to the photo, and they may even have a conversation under the photo.” He added: “What we want to do is go back a little bit to this idea of a profile. That you have an identity you sort of take pride in. That you can visit a profile and see things that aren’t just the latest news articles being shared.” Mr Birch said he is currently the only person coding the site, and is spending around 100 hours a week on it. He said he does not expect Bebo to reach the heights of its ’00s heyday, but hopes to be able to disrupt the market.

Michael Birch Investments

46 Investments

Michael Birch has made 46 investments. Their latest investment was in HolidayFox as part of their Seed VC on August 8, 2021.

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Michael Birch Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/18/2021

Seed VC

HolidayFox

$1.61M

Yes

5

6/9/2020

Series A

Whatifi

$10M

Yes

1

9/21/2017

Series A

Pointy

$6M

No

10

6/28/2017

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$99M

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10

2/14/2017

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

8/18/2021

6/9/2020

9/21/2017

6/28/2017

2/14/2017

Round

Seed VC

Series A

Series A

Angel - II

Seed VC

Company

HolidayFox

Whatifi

Pointy

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Amount

$1.61M

$10M

$6M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

5

1

10

10

10

Michael Birch Portfolio Exits

13 Portfolio Exits

Michael Birch has 13 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was NextLesson on December 16, 2021.

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12/16/2021

Acquired

$99M

1

1/14/2020

Acquired

$99M

4

7/31/2019

Asset Sale

$99M

1

2/7/2019

Acquired

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$99M

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10

10/10/2017

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

12/16/2021

1/14/2020

7/31/2019

2/7/2019

10/10/2017

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Asset Sale

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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