New Leadership in the Bird Nest

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Bird taps Daniel Stephens as CEO to lead the team into the next stages of its evolution

In our last newsletter, team Bird shared that we’ve taken meaningful steps towards propelling our project to the next level by beginning to secure legal and regulatory counsel as well as to establish a more formal leadership team. The vision we have for blockchain, finance and data science is exciting and we know that fully realizing that vision requires further strengthening this great project and community.

Today we’re excited to announce that one of our own, Daniel Stephens, has accepted the role of CEO for Bird. While Dan has been around since the earliest days of the project, until recently his role had been primarily internal with a focus on cultivating our data science and product development strategy. Because so much of Bird’s product strategy had been led by Dan until now, his experience developing and leading businesses — in crypto and elsewhere — made this a natural fit for Bird.

Daniel’s career began as a data scientist working in the Research and Development department and later as the Director of Economic Analysis for The Travelers, a Fortune 100 insurance company in the United States. He then went on to serve as a Senior Analyst for the FinTech vertical in Global Business Operations at Google. After leaving Google, Dan was Chief Technology Officer for a midsize biotech company and founded a successful data science consulting business, with clients in private industry and academia. His passion for crypto began in 2015 as a miner and developer, as well as with work on algorithmic trading strategies. He has previously served as an advisor or in the leadership team of multiple crypto start-ups, which positions him well to help guide Bird through its next phase of growth. His mix of hands-on technical skills and business leadership will serve Bird well.

Up to this point, the Bird team had grown organically and a relatively flat organizational structure had emerged. To fully execute on the Bird vision, the team is growing with roles becoming clearer. Our team will be rolling out many new announcements like this one that will describe how every valued member of the team will play a part in the project’s success. Alex Kirby has served as a vital strategic Advisor to the project, also since the earliest days, and will continue to do so going forward. He will now simply have the support of Dan in a public setting when championing the project’s vision.

We’re grateful for the community’s continued support and thrilled to release more updates on the progress the team has been making towards achieving our vision: to deliver off-chain analytics on-chain, fueling innovation across the industry.

About Bird.Money

Bird.Money is developing data-driven solutions used to analyze risk in Decentralized Finance by securely delivering their Blockchain Individualized Risk of Default (BIRD) Score — DeFi’s improvement on the legacy financial system’s credit score — to lending platforms and protocols. The BIRD Score is the first DeFi credit score based on the statistical prediction of loan default, created using advanced machine learning methods and made available to lending protocols as a simple, accessible rating. It’s the next generation of credit scoring.

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Together with its lending platform, decentralized analytics oracle, and API, Bird.Money is leading the way in empowering DeFi product innovation. Bird.Money’s suite of analytics products and services enable truly individualized DeFi solutions to be uniquely tailored to each and every user.

This is the future of finance.

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