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# jolitics - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

BEBO FOUNDER, Michael Birch, is set to launch his next venture in Ireland. Birch is launching Jolitics.com, a new political website, in the next few days. An email received by TheJournal.ie says the site is launching its “stealth mode in Ireland in the next 48 hours.”

“The start up is based in Silicon Valley, but Michael is going to try something a little unorthodox and grow it out from Ireland and not from Silicon Valley first. If successful this could set a new trend where we get to see the new stuff first,” the email reads.

Birch has previously said that the site will be issues-based and not party-based. He said he chose Ireland as a testing ground because of the success of Bebo in the country.

Birch sold Bebo for $10m to a group of investors who made over $1bn selling it to AOL. The company has since been sold on.

Those who wish to join the site can put their name on a waiting list.