At Birdi, our mission is to save lives and make people healthier. We can’t take this responsibility more seriously.
I’m happy to say we’ve made exciting progress towards this since our last update:
Raised $700K in funding from a few of the most well-known investors in Silicon Valley
Validated our design for manufacturing and assembly with our overseas partners
Hit a milestone in our life safety certification
Started recruiting beta testers (that could be you!). More on this at the bottom of this message
Initially we had planned for an October 2014 ship date and we’ve had to push that back a bit. The good news is that that Birdi is still shipping units this year. But we’re legally prohibited from distributing a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm until we successfully pass the required life safety certifications.
Right now, our CTO and my co-founder Justin is leading testing our devices in the Intertek life safety lab. We’re thrilled to announce that the team hit our 1st major milestone in the certification process. This success validates our mechanical design and overall architecture, which is why I’m able to report about our progress today.
The road to life safety certification is fraught with challenges, but I promise you this: we will never compromise on your security. Other “smart” products rushed to market before they were ready and were removed from the shelves. In our life and death scenario, we won’t let that happen. To assure this and to fulfill our legal requirements as well, we’ll be undergoing additional tests for the next few months and delivering the fully-featured product to your door early next year.
While we’re prevented from shipping in October, we still want to be true to our promise of delivering something wonderful. Question to you, our backers: would you want to join our early Beta program and receive one of your devices early, with only the air quality monitoring features and not fire or carbon monoxide? If so, please reach out to us at email@example.com and we’ll work with some of you to test, build and iterate together.
Given the outpouring of interest we’ve seen, we’ll do our best to update you monthly on progress in testing, in manufacturing and with some of our public health epidemiological research. Thanks again for your ongoing support as we continue the journey from concept to product to your home.
Mark & The Birdi Team