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75 Investments in 61 Companies
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John Borthwick is CEO and co-founder of betaworks. Betaworks is an internet studio that builds and invests in companies across the social, data-driven media internet.

Companies that betaworks has built include Giphy, Dots, bitly and Chartbeat, betaworks acquired and re-launched Digg and Instapaper. Betaworks investments include: kickstarter, tumblr (acquired by Yahoo), Summize (acquired by Twitter as their search engine), IFTTT, OMG Pop (acquired by Zynga), Tweetdeck (acquired by Twitter), along with 100+ others.

Prior to betaworks John was Senior Vice President of Alliances and Technology Strategy for Time Warner Inc. John's company, WP-Studio, founded in 1994, was one of the first content studios in New York's Silicon Alley, it was acquired by AOLTW. John holds an MBA from Wharton (1994) and an undergraduate degree BA in Economics from Wesleyan University (1987). He sits on the board of WNYC, Data and Society, and Rhizome at the New Museum.

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Founder & CEO

Aug, 2008 - Current   (about 8 years)
Jul, 2006
Oct, 2007
Mar, 2003
Aug, 2006
SVP Technology and Corp. Alliances
VP, New Product Development
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    May 1, 2014
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Apr 9, 2014
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Feb 5, 2014
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Nov 16, 2013
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Feb 3, 2013
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    May 15, 2009
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Jul 21, 2008
DateInvested InRoundDetails
Feb, 2016$55M / Series C
Jun, 2015$840k / Seed
Jan, 2015$21.55M / Series B
May, 2014$2.2M / Venture
Apr, 2014$1.7M / Seed
Jan, 2014$25M / Series A
Dec, 2013$3.1M / Seed
Nov, 2013undisclosed amount / Seed
Oct, 2013undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Sep, 2013$5M / Series A
Apr, 2013$900k / Seed
Jan, 2013undisclosed amount / Seed (Lead)
Oct, 2012$1.23M / Venture
Sep, 2012undisclosed amount / Seed
Sep, 2012undisclosed amount / Seed
Jun, 2012$1.2M / Seed
Jun, 2012$910k / Seed
Mar, 2012$2M / Seed
Feb, 2012$1.5M / Seed
Jan, 2012$1.5M / Seed
Jan, 2012undisclosed amount / Series A
Nov, 2011undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Nov, 2011undisclosed amount / Seed
Sep, 2011$730k / Seed
Sep, 2011$1.9M / Convertible Note
Aug, 2011$4.1M / Series A
Jul, 2011$500k / Seed
Jun, 2011$450k / Seed
Jun, 2011$2M / Seed
Jun, 2011$2.2M / Seed
May, 2011$1.2M / Seed
Apr, 2011$750k / Seed
Apr, 2011$1.1M / Seed
Feb, 2011$2M / Angel
Jan, 2011$1M / Seed
Jan, 2011$10.1M / Series B
Jan, 2011$10.6M / Series B
Nov, 2010$2.5M / Seed
Oct, 2010$10M / Series B
Sep, 2010$8M / Series A

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