Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Travis VanderZanden is the President, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer of Bird Global. Prior to founding Bird Rides Inc., Mr. VanderZanden held several leadership positions in the ride-sharing and transportation industries, serving as Chief Operating Officer of Lyft and as a Vice President at Uber. He is also the founder of Cherry, an on-demand car washing company, which was acquired by Lyft and was also the Chief Revenue Officer and first hire at Yammer, a business software company acquired by Microsoft. Mr. VanderZanden has long been inspired to work on last-mile transportation solutions in large part because of his lifelong admiration for his mother, who drove a public bus for more than 30 years in his home state of Wisconsin. Mr. VanderZanden has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
Roelof F. Botha
Roelof F. Botha has served on the Bird Board since 2018. Since January 2003, Mr. Botha has served in various positions at Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm, including as a Managing Member since 2007. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Botha served in various positions at PayPal, a payment processing and financial services company, including as chief financial officer. Mr. Botha has served on the board of directors of Eventbrite, Inc., a global platform for live experiences, since 2009, MongoDB, a cross-platform database program, since 2013, Square, Inc. a provider of payment processing and financial and marketing services, since 2011, Unity Software, Inc., a company that provides a 3D and VR content development platform, since 2009, and Natera, a genetic testing company, since 2007. He also currently serves on the board of directors of a number of privately held companies. Mr. Botha previously served on the board of directors of Xoom Corporation from May 2005 until its acquisition by PayPal in 2015. Mr. Botha holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, Economics and Statistics from the University of Cape Town.
Daniel Friedland has served on the Bird Board since 2017. Mr. Friedland is the co-founder and Managing Director of Goldcrest Capital, a venture capital fund. Previously, Mr. Friedland was an attorney and partner at the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Mr. Friedland received his B.A. from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Nathaniel Justin Kan
Nathaniel Justin Kan has served on the Bird Board since 2017. Mr. Kan an American Internet entrepreneur and investor best known as the cofounder of Twitch, the internet live video streaming platform. In 2006, Mr. Kan launched the live video service Justin.tv, a company that started when he strapped a camera to his head and streamed his life to the internet 24/7. Over the next eight years, through twists and turns, he and his cofounders turned the business into Twitch, ultimately selling to Amazon in 2014 for $970 million. Over the years, he has founded half a dozen companies which have raised over $500 million in venture capital and invested in some of the fastest growing startups around, including Reddit, Cruise Automation, Bird, Rippling, and many more. From 2017 to 2020, Mr. Kan was the Chief Executive Officer of Legal Technology Services Inc. Mr. Kan has served as a Partner at Goat Capital since 2020 and as a Director at ScriptDash Inc. (dba Alto Pharmacy) since 2015, Flirtey Inc. since 2018, Long Game Inc. since 2020, ZeroCater Inc. since 2017, Scotty Inc. since 2017, and Vy Global Growth since 2020. Mr. Kan holds a B.A. in Physics and Philosophy from Yale University.
Robert Komin has served on the Bird Board since November 2021. Mr. Komin served as Chief Financial Officer of Sunrun Inc., the leading residential solar and storage company in the United States, from March 2015 through May 2020, and then continued as a consultant until January 2021. From September 2013 to January 2015, Mr. Komin served as Chief Financial Officer at Flurry, Inc., a mobile analytics and advertising company. From August 2012 to August 2013, Mr. Komin served as Chief Financial Officer at Ticketfly, Inc., a music ticketing and marketing services provider. From January 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Komin served as COO and CFO at Linden Research, Inc., a creator of virtual digital entertainment and cybercurrency. Previously, Mr. Komin served as Chief Financial Officer at Solexel, Inc., a thin-silicon solar company, Tellme Networks, Inc., a speech recognition applications company, and XOR, Inc., a business application solution provider. Mr. Komin serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon Foundation, as its audit and risk committee chairman, and as a member of its executive and investment committees. Mr. Komin holds a B.S. in Accounting and General Science from the University of Oregon and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Jim Mutrie has served on the Bird Board since November 2021. Mr. Mutrie served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Switchback II Corporation until the closing of its business combination with Bird. Mr. Mutrie co-founded and serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Switchback III Corporation. Mr. Mutrie also co-founded and served as Chief Commercial Officer, General Counsel, Secretary and a member of the board of directors of Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation (“Switchback I”) until the closing of its business combination with ChargePoint, Inc., the leading electric vehicle charging network provider committed to enabling the electrification of mobility for all people and goods (“ChargePoint”; NYSE: CHPT). During his tenure at Switchback I, Mr. Mutrie led the company’s deal origination, evaluation, negotiation and ultimately, the consummation of Switchback’s initial business combination with ChargePoint. Mr. Mutrie also served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of RSP Permian, Inc. (“RSP”; NYSE: RSPP) from June 2014 through the completion of the acquisition of RSP by Concho Resources, Inc. (“Concho”) in July 2018. During his tenure at RSP, Mr. Mutrie helped to grow the company from its initial public offering to nearly $10 billion enterprise value at the time of its sale to Concho, while he led the negotiation and execution of approximately $13 billion of energy-related transactions and over $6 billion of financings. Prior to RSP, Mr. Mutrie served as General Counsel and Compliance Officer at United Surgical Partners International (NASDAQ: USPI). From October 2003 to January 2007, Mr. Mutrie practiced corporate law at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., representing public and private companies in M&A transactions and capital market offerings. Mr. Mutrie holds a B.A. from Cornell University, a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, a Certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University and a Certificate in Financial Skills from SMU Cox School of Business, Executive Education.
Racquel Russell has served on the Bird Board since February 2021. Ms. Russell currently serves as Vice President of Partner Success for the Premier Agent division of Zillow, a role she has held since 2020. From 2015 to 2020, Ms. Russell worked to build out Zillow’s government relations and public affairs function. Prior to Zillow, Ms. Russell was road-tested at the highest levels of government, spending three years in the White House as top advisor to President Barack Obama, focused on building, communicating, and advancing the President’s agenda on urban affairs and economic opportunity. throughout her political career Ms. Russell also held leadership positions for U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Bob Graham, as well as for the National Governors Association. Ms. Russell holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Miami, and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
David Sacks has served on the Bird Board since 2017. Mr. Sacks is General Partner of Craft Ventures, which he founded in 2017. Previously, Mr. Sacks was founding-era COO of PayPal, founder/CEO of Yammer (acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 billion in 2012), and CEO of Zenefits. Mr. Sacks holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. In addition to Bird, Mr. Sacks sits on the board of a number of private companies, including ClickUp, CloudTrucks, Datasembly, OpenPhone, Scratchpad, Sourcegraph, Thrive Cash (DBA X1), Trellis, and Vendr.