Birdstop Raises $2.3M in Funding


Birdstop, Inc., a Concord, CA-based remote sensing company, raised $2.3M in funding.

The round was led by Lerer Hippeau with participation from Anorak Ventures, Correlation Ventures, Data Tech Fund, Graph Ventures, Techstars, Timberline Holdings, as well as strategic investors in energy and telecommunications.

The company intends to use the funds to expand its constellation of BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) drones across the nation’s critical infrastructure, grow its AI capabilities, and deliver more data-driven value to customers.

Founded by CEO Keith Miao, Birdstop analyzes and protects power grids, telecom networks, and other national critical infrastructure. In addition to routine monitoring and inspection, its remote sensing is mobilized on-demand for extreme circumstances from natural disasters to security breaches. The company’s coverage is already active in several states including Alabama, California, and Texas, providing real-time intelligence to customers managing both public and private sector assets. In addition to infrastructure users, over 20 other industries – from agriculture to construction to first response – can leverage Birdstop coverage to enhance situational awareness and real-time intelligence.

From its mission control in California, Birdstop operates a network of drones across the nation akin to a constellation of satellites on the ground. Its patented technology uses a suite of risk mitigation measures including a proprietary low altitude airspace deconfliction system to ensure high level of safety even when the operator is thousands of miles away.

With the opening of a new R&D facility in Alabama, the company has begun scaling production of its systems, starting with its airspace intelligence beacon.

The team also includes Head of Software Jatin Kolekar, Software Engineer Robert Reynoso, and Principal R&D Engineer Timothy McPhail.