Our Mission

Freebird’s founding principle is simple: GETTING THERE MATTERS. Whatever the reason for travel, it’s critical travelers reach their destination. Unfortunately, flight disruptions can wreak havoc on travel plans. That’s where Freebird comes in. Freebird empowers travelers, travel managers, and agencies with the tools and information to stay in-the-know, take control, and act quickly when the unexpected happens.

Our Company

Freebird, located just outside of Boston, MA, is walking distance from some of the world’s best academic institutions and many of the world’s most innovative travel tech companies. The proximity is no coincidence. Freebird’s proprietary data and risk models combine cutting-edge data science and technology to provide travelers, travel managers, and agencies with superior real-time information and tools to take control and make better travel decisions.

The Founders

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Ethan Bernstein

CEO & Co-founder

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Sam Zimmerman

CTO & Co-founder

The Team

Sam Tilney

Director of Operations

John Jannetty

UI/UX Designer

Dan Kaufman

Lead Product Engineer

Travis Kirk Lowry

VP of Client Services

Paul Kernfeld

Data Engineer

Hani Azzam

Head of Customer Experience

John Russell

Data Analyst

Max Livingston

Data Scientist

Kate Byrne

Technical Project Manager

Liza Barnes

Client Operations Lead

Camen Piho

Data Analyst

Chris Lustrino

Business Associate

Kevin Mannix

Software Engineer

Stephanie Heidinger

Customer Experience Associate

Dan Kurtz

Customer Experience Associate


Since its founding in 2015, Freebird has raised a total of $8.5M led by investors General Catalyst and Accomplice, with participation from strategic angels and investors.

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General Catalyst

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Ellen Keszler

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CEO, Carlson Wagonlit

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Mitch Gross

MD, 12 Squared Growth

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Scott Hintz

Co-founder, Tripit