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BirthplaceLondon, England


Wesleyan University, BA 1987
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MBA 1994

Current Companies

Founder, CEO

Former Companies

SVP Technology and Corp. Alliances
VP, New Product Development

Web Presences


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John Borthwick

John Borthwick is CEO and co-founder of betaworks, a company that builds and invests in essential products driven by data and the social world.

Prior to launching betaworks, John was CEO of Fotolog, and prior to that he was SVP of Technology and Alliances at Time Warner. He arrived at Time Warner — AOL — in early 1997 when they acquired WP Studio, which he started back in 1994. WP Studio was a producer of three sites: Total New York (one of the first local city guides, now gone), äda ‘web, and spanker (a pre blog, daily journal of the occasionally twisted mind of Carter Adamson).

John also sits on the board and/or acts as an adviser to Rhizome, WNYC (public radio), and HRW (Human Rights Watch).

John holds an MBA from Wharton (1994) and an undergraduate degree BA in Economics from Wesleyan University (1987).

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants 10/2007Angel$1.5M7 2/2007Angel$900k9



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