ALLBIRDS: Designing and Manufacturing the World’s Most Comfortable Shoes

Tim Brown is an ex-professional New Zealand footballer turned American shoemaker entrepreneur.

After a successful football career, Tim got injured. This caused a career turning point and he looked outside the sporting world at a business future.

He first obtained a master’s from LSC, and then he entered into a partnership with Joey Zwillinger. The result? Allbirds, a sustainable tech and science-led footwear that has a huge A-list Hollywood following and that’s creating massive waves in the funding community as a direct to consumer brand.

We’re here to delve deeper into this exciting brand as it launches its first UK shop within Covent Garden (as well as an online UK store).

We chat with Tim about:

  • The difference in the attitude towards entrepreneurship between London and San Francisco

  • How he saw an opportunity in making shoes out of different materials

  • Why and how they became a B Corp

  • Living his boyhood dream of playing soccer in the A-League in Australia

  • The Allbirds funding journey

  • His best piece of advice for entrepreneurs


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