133 Investments in 112 Companies
39 Acquisitions
New York, NY
Funds Raised:
Social Media, Coworking
Betaworks is a startup studio. Building and seed investing in next generation internet companies.

Investor Details


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.

Funding Rounds (3) - $47.5M

DateAmount / RoundValuationLead InvestorInvestors
Nov, 2013$20M / Series C5
Mar, 2010$20M / Series B13
Jan, 2008$7.5M / Series A4

Acquisitions (4)

May 22, 2013Unknown
Apr 25, 2013Unknown
Jul 12, 2012$500k (terms undisclosed)
Feb 23, 2012Unknown
DateInvested InRoundPartner(s)
Aug, 2016$2.3M / Seed
Apr, 2016$2M / Seed
Mar, 2016$1.5M / Seed
Mar, 2016$1.5M / Seed
Feb, 2016$55M / Series C and
Feb, 2016$1.6M / Seed
Jan, 2016$2.2M / Seed
Dec, 2015$1.3M / Seed
Oct, 2015$2M / Seed
Oct, 2015$1.5M / Seed
Sep, 2015$3M / Seed
Aug, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed (Lead)
Jun, 2015$840k / Seed
Mar, 2015$1.8M / Seed
Jan, 2015$21.55M / Series B
Jan, 2015$1.3M / Seed
Nov, 2014$1.5M / Seed
Aug, 2014$880k / Seed
Jul, 2014$1.5M / Seed
Jul, 2014$7.73M / Venture (Lead)
Jul, 2014undisclosed amount / Venture
Jun, 2014$1.68M / Seed
Jun, 2014$800k / Seed
May, 2014$2.4M / Series A (Lead)
May, 2014$2.2M / Venture
Apr, 2014$1.7M / Seed
Apr, 2014$7M / Series A
Mar, 2014$1.85M / Venture
Jan, 2014$25M / Series A
Jan, 2014$1.2M / Seed
Jan, 2014$4.2M / Seed
Dec, 2013$1M / Angel
Dec, 2013$3.1M / Seed
Nov, 2013undisclosed amount / Seed
Oct, 2013undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Oct, 2013$1.5M / Seed
Sep, 2013$5M / Series A
Sep, 2013$3.1M / Seed
Aug, 2013$4.2M / Series A
Jul, 2013$2.4M / Venture

Current Team (14)


Funds (1)

Jul 5, 2016Betaworks Ventures 1.0Unknown Amount

Products (1)

  • A platform that makes connecting third-party APIs easy.

Sub Organizations (1)

  • betaworks-backed company

Competitors (2)

  • Ingk Labs builds early-stage disruptive technologies employing an intellectual property acceleration model.
  • Node5 is a physical space in Prague providing hot desking, private space for residents, small offices, training rooms and events hall.

Offices/Locations (1)

  • betaworks

    416 W 13th Suite 203

    New York, NY 10014


Past Event Appearances (1)

Images (2)


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