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Piictu, 5/2013
Instapaper, 4/2013
Digg, 7/2012 $500k
Vibe, 2/2012


Bloglovin 4/2014
Medium 1/2014
Mindie 1/2014
Context app 12/2013
Estimote 12/2013
makr 11/2013
URX 10/2013
Socratic 10/2013
Apportable 7/2013
SocialFlow 4/2013
Grand St. 4/2013 3/2013
Namo Media 3/2013
Svbtle 1/2013
Nitrogram 11/2012
Picturelife 11/2012
Pickie 10/2012
RebelMouse 10/2012
Summly 10/2012
Seesaw 9/2012
CollabFinder 9/2012
LayerVault 8/2012
Bondsy 7/2012
Bloglovin 6/2012
CasaHop 6/2012
Moped 6/2012
Frontback 6/2012
Bloglovin 6/2012
Couple 5/2012
Branch 3/2012
Highlight 2/2012
IFTTT 1/2012
Editorially 1/2012
Fancy Hands 11/2011
Clipboard 11/2011
Piictu 9/2011
Rap Genius 8/2011
ShowMe 8/2011
ChallengePost 8/2011 7/2011
Lascaux Co. 7/2011
Memoir 7/2011
Embedly 6/2011
Livestar 6/2011
OnSwipe 6/2011
Punch! 6/2011
Extension Entertainment 4/2011
SocialFlow 4/2011
Everlane 4/2011
Bloom Studio 3/2011
Kickstarter 3/2011
Findery 2/2011
OnSwipe 1/2011
OMGPOP 1/2011
GroupMe 1/2011
Yieldbot 12/2010
Path 11/2010
Bitly 10/2010
AdKeeper 9/2010
Ditto 9/2010
Keep Holdings 9/2010
GroupMe 8/2010
Embedly 8/2010
Fluidinfo 8/2010
Ze Frank Games 7/2010 6/2010
Open Places 6/2010
TweetDeck 5/2010
Extension Entertainment 5/2010
Venmo 5/2010
UberMedia 4/2010
gdgt 4/2010
SocialFlow 3/2010
Bitly 2/2010
Backupify 2/2010 12/2009
Hot Potato 11/2009
Superfeedr 11/2009
DailyBooth 10/2009
gdgt 7/2009
ChallengePost 6/2009
UserVoice 5/2009
TweetDeck 1/2009
StockTwits 12/2008 12/2008
Tipjoy 9/2008
StockTwits 9/2008
OMGPOP 6/2008 5/2008
Covestor 4/2008
Someecards 4/2008
Songkick 3/2008 3/2008
Lotame 2/2008
Lookery 2/2008
Snaptalent 1/2008
Bitly 1/2008
ideeli 12/2007
Tumblr 10/2007
Summize 6/2007





Founded in 2008, betaworks is a company of builders. A tightly linked network of ideas, people, capital, products and data brought together in imaginative ways to build out a more connected world. At first glance we seem to do many things. But first and foremost, we’re builders, seeking to create a more sustainable innovation model. The more we build, the more we learn, the more we get ideas for peripheral things, all related, connected – in a loosely coupled network of products and companies.

betaworks is structured as a company– a single company that owns larger pieces of the things it has built and smaller pieces of the things it has invested in. It operates as a network: a tightly linked network of ideas, people, capital, and data united to build out a more inspired and useful connected world. betaworks makes seed-stage investments in this ecosystem. To us, seed investing means “first money in.” Our typical investment size is $150,000-200,000. We always invest as part of a syndicate of angels and early stage VCs. Our requirements from an investment perspective are simple, though narrow. Investments must be early stage, heavily tech focused, and have a working (public or private) prototype. We are a powerpoint-free zone.

We build and work closely with companies that we view as core to our vision, examples include: Summize/Twitter Search, bitly, TweetDeck, Chartbeat. And more recently, Digg, Dots, Giphy and Instapaper, which betaworks acquired in April of 2013. We attract the kind of people who could start their own company, but they don’t necessarily want to run a company. They’d rather be the co-founder of eight things than tied down for years as the sole founder of one. They’d rather build.

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  1. Photo App Piictu To Join Betaworks Company Kandu, Will Shut Down On May 31st ( [edit]
  2. Digg Owner Betaworks Buys Instapaper To Go Big On Social Reading And Discovery ( [edit]
  3. Betaworks Acquires Digg (TechCrunch) ( [edit]
  4. Pseudonymous Mobile Messaging App Vibe Acquired By Betaworks ( [edit]
  5. Fashion And Lifestyle Blog Reader Bloglovin Raises $7M ( [edit]
  6. Blogging Platform Medium Closes $25M Round Led By Greylock ( [edit]
  7. From A Failing Product To A Successful Video-Sharing App, Mindie Raises $1.2 Million ( [edit]
  8. BFM Journal de New York [edit]
  9. iBeacon Pioneers Estimote Raise $3.1M Seed Round ( [edit]
  10. New design app, Makr, lets creative entrepreneurs create cool marketing stuff on their own ( [edit]
  11. URX Is A Brilliant Mobile Ad Service That Deeplinks Customers Right To Ecommerce App Product Pages ( [edit]
  12. Socratic Raises $1.5M Seed Funding ( [edit]
  13. Apportable Raises $2.4M Led by Google Ventures to 'Translate' Apps from IOS to Android ( [edit]
  14. SocialFlow Secures $10 Million Series B to Grow Market Share As Advertising Spend Goes Social ( [edit]
  15. E-Commerce Site Grand St. Raises $1.3 Million To Give Makers A Place To Sell Their Gadgets ( [edit]
  16. Albumatic Photo Sharing App Is Raising $4.5 Million, Says SEC Filing ( [edit]
  17. DrawChat Creator Launches His Mobile Ad Startup Namo Media, Raises $1.9M Round Led By Google Ventures ( [edit]
  18. Svbtle funding ( [edit]
  19. Teleportd Raises $1M in Seed Funding ( [edit]
  20. OMGPOP Founder Charles Forman Raises $4M For Picturelife, An App For Backing Up Your Photos In The Cloud ( [edit]
  21. Pickie Raises $1 Million as App Catalog Trend Kicks Into High Gear ( [edit]
  22. Paul Berry’s Rebel Mouse raises $2.5 million from an A-list group of investors ( [edit]
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  24. CoTweet Founders Reunite, Raise Seed Round For Their New Company “Seesaw” ( [edit]
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  26. Betaworks, High Line Venture Partners, SV Angel Back LayerVault ( [edit]
  27. Thoughts on Leaving TechStars and a New Round of Financing ( [edit]
  28. Fashion-Focused Blog Aggregator Bloglovin Raises $1M From Betaworks And Others ( [edit]
  29. Home Swapping Startup CasaHop Raises $1.2 Million From First Round, Lerer Ventures, Betaworks, And Others ( [edit]
  30. Moped Raises $1 Million From Betaworks And SV Angel To Become Twitter For Private Messages Only ( [edit]
  31. Would-Be ‘Instagram for Publishing’ CheckThis Raises $910K From Lerer Ventures and Others ( [edit]
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  33. Yuri Milner, Dave Morin, SV Angel, CrunchFund And More Hook Up Pair With $4.2M ( [edit]
  34. Branch Raises $2 Million From SV Angel And Others ( [edit]
  35. Hot Background Location App Highlight Gets Funding As It Plans SXSW Update ( [edit]
  36. IFTTT, A Glue Gun For Sticking The Web Together, Raises $1.5M Seed Round From Top Investors ( [edit]
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  39. ‘Web Clipping 2.0′ Startup Clipboard Backed By Andreessen Horowitz, Index, CrunchFund, Others ( [edit]
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  41. How Rap Genius Raised $1.8M in Seed Funding Without Knowing What We Were Doing ( [edit]
  42. Tablet Education Startup ShowMe Raises $800,000 From Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, And Betaworks ( [edit]
  43. ChallengePost Picks Up $4.1M in Series A Funding to Help Run Online Contests for New Ideas ( [edit]
  44. Stealth Social Mobile Startup Raises $600K From Google Ventures, SV Angel And Others ( [edit]
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  46. TechStars NYC: Where Are They Now? ( [edit]
  47. Embedly Raises Another $450K, Launches One API To Rule All Embeds ( [edit]
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  49. Spark, Lightbank And Yuri Milner Get In On OnSwipe's $5M "Series Awesome" ( [edit]
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  51. Social Jukebox exfm Raises $750,000 For Its Music Discovery And Sharing Extension ( [edit]
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  53. Kleiner Perkins, SV Angel Back Personalized, Designer Quality E-Commerce Platform Everlane ( [edit]
  54. Raises Funding for Playful Data Visualization ( [edit]
  55. Kickstarter Fesses Up: The Crowd-Sourced Funding Startup Has Funding Too ( [edit]
  56. More Details On Caterina Fake’s New Startup, Pinwheel ( [edit]
  57. OnSwipe Raises $1M for Insanely Simple Tablet Publishing Platform ( [edit]
  58. Gaming Site OMGPOP Raises $10.1 Million, Plans Acquisitions ( [edit]
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  60. Yieldbot CEO Mendez Talks About Funding And Future For Publisher-Side Platform ( [edit]
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  62. Raises $10 Million Series B, Still Growing Like Crazy ( []
  63. “Stealth” Advertising Startup AK Networks Raises $8 Million ( [edit]
  64. Former Google Social Lead Launches Ditto Discovery App ( [edit]
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  71. Trazzler Gets $1 Million From Star Investors, Takes a Page From Twitter’s Playbook [Video] ( [edit]
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  73. Extension Entertainment Inc. Launches ExtensionFM: A Chrome Extension That Turns The Entire Web Into Your Personal Music Library ( [edit]
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  76. Gdgt Raises New Financing with New Concept ( [edit]
  77. SocialFlow Announces Funding From betaworks and Dan Porter ( [edit]
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  81. Hot Potato Raises $1.42 For Event Social Networking ( [edit]
  82. Superfeedr Gets Funding From Mark Cuban And Betaworks ( [edit]
  83. YC-Funded DailyBooth Raises $1 Million From Sequoia, Kevin Rose, Ron Conway Et Al. ( [edit]
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  85. ChallengePost launches problem-solving site with Wozniak, Betaworks onboard ( [edit]
  86. UserVoice raises $800K for customer feedback systems ( [edit]
  87. Twitter Me This: TweetDeck Secures Angel Funding ( [edit]
  88. StockTwits Raises $800K For Twitter-Fueled Stock Community ( [edit]
  89. Hyper-Local News Service Outside.In Grows ( [edit]
  90. Tipjoy Raises $1 Million For Its Simple Micropayment Platform ( [edit]
  91. Closes Angel Funding ( [edit]
  92. Iminlikewithyou Gets VC Cash For New Game ( [edit]
  93. Local Content Aggregator Gets $3 Million Third Round ( [edit]
  94. Covestor Raises $6.5M for Social Investing ( [edit]
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  98. Lotame Received $10 Million for Social Media Targeting - ( [edit]
  99. Reed Hundt Invests in Facebook Ad-Platform Lookery ( [edit]
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  107. Betaworks Closes a New $20 Million Round ( [edit]
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    Betaworks Acquires And Relaunches Hownow, The Semi-Anonymous Hyperlocal Social Network iPhone App ( [edit]
    Betaworks Is Closing On $20 Million, Its First Raise In Over Three Years ( [edit]
    Japanese Incubator Digital Garage Teams With Betaworks ( [edit]
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