We Build

Betaworks is a company that builds essential products

Companies

We build products we think people need

We make seed investments

Partnerships

We partner with publishers, brands and agencies on innovative projects

Communities

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Companies

We have been building products in our New York Studio since 2008. Our ideas, people, capital and data are united in an imaginative way that enable us to create beautiful and transformative products for the socially connected world.

We have also made a number of small seed investments over the years. We continue to invest in companies as we believe this makes us better builders and our network stronger.

  • Recent launches
  • In the works
  • In the market

Investments

Although we are not a fund, we make small seed investments in companies that will make our network stronger.

Seed investing to us typically means the $100k – $200k size and to be among the first people to invest. For example, we were one of the first investors in Tumblr.

We love betas / prototypes, not so much decks or business plans.  If you want to talk investments, talk to Matt.

Portfolio Highlights

Selected Holdings

Partnerships

We have begun to work with brands, agencies and publishers to help them partner with our products on innovative digital strategies. These partnerships focus on our unique blend of creativity, data and digital experiences.

Some of our earliest projects include in-game integration, retail experiences and new advertising formats. We are also creating new data-driven platforms for brand insight and content discovery.

Communities

We are building teams that can solve complex issues. Whether that be making products, business development or data science – we are always looking to add to our bustling New York community. Check out our jobs page.

We believe in the importance of an open community. We regularly test new products within our active online community, OpenBeta.

OpenBeta is a great way to stay up to date with everything we are doing from investments we are making, product launches, open jobs and friends who are doing interesting things.

  • Prior to launching betaworks, John was CEO of Fotolog. Before Fotolog John was SVP of Technology and Alliances at Time Warner Inc.

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    John Borthwick Founder & CEO
  • Kenneth Lerer is a Manager at Lerer Ventures. He was the Chairman and Co-Founder of The Huffington Post. Mr. Lerer is Chairman of Betaworks and Buzzfeed, and is Vice-Chairman of Bedrocket.

    Ken Lerer Chairman
  • Samantha Albert is the Executive Assistant to Janet Balis and the Revenue Strategy Team.

    Samantha Albert Executive Assistant
  • Prior to joining betaworks, Josh held strategy roles at Quantcast and Time Warner and advised startups such as Summize, CoTweet and OMGPOP.

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    Josh Auerbach Partner and CFO
  • Janet was was most recently Publisher of the Huffington Post, and held senior roles at Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Time, Inc. and Aol.

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    Janet Balis Partner and CRO
  • Summer is a user experience designer for the betaworks companies. She previously worked at Area/Code, Stickybits, and Yahoo!

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    Summer Bedard Product Designer
  • Jon works on finance at betaworks. He previously worked in mobile adtech, growth investing, and investment banking.

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    Jon Chin Finance
  • Alex is CEO of Giphy. Previously he made Artspace, The Fridge, MTV Music, and managed research programs for Paul Allen’s R&D lab.

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    Alex Chung CEO of Giphy
  • James is head of creative at Betaworks, responsible for creating interesting brand and product partnerships. He is an award winning advertising creative director.

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    James Cooper Head of Creative
  • Grant designs and codes for betaworks companies.

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    Grant Custer Designer/Developer
  • Andrew is an EIR at betaworks, currently leading Tapestry. He has led growth and strategic partnerships at Moz and Seesmic. He also founded Stride, acquired in 2013.

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    Andrew Dumont EIR/GM of Tapestry
  • Matt manages seed investing at betaworks. Previously, he worked at Hot Potato and Trammell Crow Company and founded ReferBoost and JustBecause.

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    Matthew Hartman Investments
  • Kuan is a Hacker in Residence at betaworks. He previously worked at Hatch Labs and Oddcast. He cofounded Cash Island Games and The WildLab.

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    Kuan Huang GM of Poncho
  • Drew is Director of Sales Development and leads account management. She led social content strategy teams at Edelman Digital, on major CPG accounts, including Axe and Playtex.

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    Drew Isserlis Kramer Director of Sales Development
  • Alex is CEO of Blend. He previously worked at Google, Meebo and MLB.com. He is also the founder of Gallerama.

    Aleksandar Kolundzija CEO of Blend
  • Gilad is the Chief Scientist at betaworks. Previously, he was VP of R&D at SocialFlow. Before that, Gilad built social data visualizations at Microsoft’s FUSE labs.

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    Gilad Lotan Data Scientist
  • Sam is a Partner at betaworks. His startup experience includes TweetDeck and Liberation Entertainment; he also worked at Time Warner and AOL, and before that practiced IP and entertainment law.

    Sam Mandel Partner
  • Andrew McLaughlin is a Partner at betaworks, and CEO of Digg & Instapaper. He has previously worked at the White House, Google, ICANN, Tumblr, and Code for America.

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    Andrew McLaughlin Partner
  • Josh founded Branch, a betaworks seed investment that was acquired by Facebook.

    Josh Miller Venture Partner
  • Patrick is the Co-Founder of Dots. He previously worked at Vimeo and co-founded Banters.

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    Patrick Moberg Co-Founder and CPO of Dots
  • Michelle Monteleone is a recent college graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a bachelors of science in mathematics. Since graduating, she has joined our team as the office coordinator at betaworks.

    Michelle Monteleone Office Coordinator
  • Paul is a Partner at betaworks and CEO of Dots. Prior to betaworks, he was COO of Aviary and was previously chief of staff for Microsoft’s Office product division.

    @paulbz

    Paul Murphy Partner
  • Lauren is the HR and Operations Manager. Prior to joining our team, Lauren was with Current TV.

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    Lauren Piazza Koester HR and Operations Manager
  • Maya focuses on facilitating community within both betaworks and our portfolio network. Prior to joining betaworks, she was the Director of Sunshine at Aviary.

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    Maya Prohovnik Head of Community Development
  • Co-Founder of @Fun Org. Previously mobile product for @Examiner.com, built mobile pub platform for 70K reporters.

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    Jana Trantow GM of Tapestry
  • Neil is the VP of User Experience. Prior to betaworks, Neil worked at Yahoo!, Razorfish and Morningstar.

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    Neil Wehrle VP of User Experience

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