Betaworks is a company that builds essential products

Products driven by data and the social world

Products that will help define the future of media



At first glance Betaworks seems to be a loose organization of people that do many things. But first and foremost we are builders.

Our ideas, people, capital and data are united in an imaginative way that enable us to create beneficial and transformative products for the socially connected world.In our studio, we build products that when combined together form a strong network. We also make small seed investments in other companies, because we believe that will make us better builders.

We do everything we can to facilitate that goal within the company so we can build things, better.  The more we build the more we learn and the more ideas we get for peripheral things, but things that make our network stronger.  And that network is helping Betaworks become a media company for this century.



Our growing team of engineers, designers, editors and creatives continually build, launch and iterate products. We only build products that we feel will add value to the world at large but also make our network stronger.

Below are the recently launched products living in the betaworks studio.


  • Recent launches
  • In the works
  • In the market


Although we’re not a fund, we make small seed investments in companies that will make our network stronger. Seed investing to us typically means $100k – $200k in size and to be among the first people to invest.

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


Meet our NYC team  – or apply to join them. 


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

    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.

    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.


    Janet Balis Partner and CRO
  • Jon works on finance at betaworks. He previously worked in mobile adtech, growth investing, and investment banking.

    Jon Chin Finance
  • Nick is the CEO of Alphaworks. Previously, he managed investments for betaworks and worked at HappyFunCorp and at Lehman Brothers.


    Nick Chirls CEO of Alphaworks
  • Alex is a Hacker in Residence at betaworks. Previously he made Artspace, The Fridge, MTV Music, and managed research programs for Paul Allen’s R&D lab.


    Alex Chung GM 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.


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


    Grant Custer Designer/Developer
  • Matt is a Hacker in Residence at betaworks. He most recently was at Tumblr as VP Engineering and later Head of Brand Strategy. He holds a degree in Victorian Studies.

    Matt Hackett GM of Telecast
  • Matt manages seed investing at betaworks. Previously, he worked at Hot Potato and Trammell Crow Company and founded ReferBoost and JustBecause.


    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.


    Kuan Huang GM of Poncho
  • Alex is a Hacker in Residence at betaworks. He previously worked at Google, Meebo and He is also the founder of Gallerama.

    Aleksandar Kolundzija GM 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.

    Gilad Lotan Data Scientist
  • Sam is an SVP 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 and SVP
  • Andrew McLaughlin is SVP at betaworks, and CEO of Digg & Instapaper. He has previously worked at the White House, Google, ICANN, Tumblr, and Code for America.


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

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

    Patrick Moberg Founder, 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 SVP of product at betaworks. Prior to betaworks, he was COO of Aviary and was previously chief of staff for Microsoft’s Office product division.


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


    Lauren Piazza HR and Operations Manager
  • Co-Founder of @Fun Org. Previously mobile product for, built mobile pub platform for 70K reporters.


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

    Neil Wehrle VP of User Experience
  • Jessey is a Hacker in Residence at betaworks. He co-founded Nubook and PTagr and was a partner at the design agency Polychrome.

    Jessey White-Cinis Hacker in Residence

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