Betaworks

Betaworks

Betaworks is a New York City-based startup studio that builds and invests in internet startups.

Betaworks is a startup studio that builds and invests in internet companies.

Founded in 2008, Betaworks is a company of builders. Betaworks is a network of ideas, people, capital, products and data brought together to build businesses. As builders, they seek to create a more sustainable innovation model.

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. Betaworks makes seed-stage investments in this ecosystem. To them, seed investing means "first money in." Their typical investment size is $150,000-200,000. They always invest as part of a syndicate of angels and early stage venture capital firms. They prefer investments to be early stage, heavily technology focused, and have a working (public or private) prototype.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Nylas

A company offering a communications platform allows developers to quickly build features that connect to every email, calendar, and contacts provider in the world.

Email
San Francisco
Superplastic

Superplastic is a creative product & experience studio founded in 2018.

Toy
SocialFlow

SocialFlow is a company founded by Mike Perrone.

Advertising
just.me

just.me is a company founded by Keith Teare.

Chat
Bloglovin'

Bloglovin' is a company founded by Mattias Storm.

Fashion
Anchor.fm

An online platform for podcast hosting, distribution, analytics, and monetization.

Audio
New York
CrowdTangle

Social media
Camera IQ

Augmented reality
8th Wall

8th Wall is a software company making a platform for the creation of mobile augmented reality experiences.

Palo Alto, California
Namo Media

Company

Advertising
San Francisco
Squad (screen sharing company)

Company

San Francisco
Genius (formerly Rap Genius)

Genius is a Brooklyn-based music company.

Music
Brooklyn
Shine

Shine is a sms company.

SMS
Koa.la

Summly

ChallengePost

Company

Nitrogram

CasaHop

Pingpin

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People

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Role
LinkedIn

Adam D. Smith

Investor

Adrian Aoun

Investor

Alain Bankier

Investor

Alex Kolundzija

Employee

Alia Ormut-Fleishman

Employee

Andrew Dumont

Employee

Andrew McLaughlin

Employee

Chelsea Gidden

Employee

Christian Hernandez

Investor

Christine Yom

Employee

David Shen

Advisor

David Szekely

Investor

Dominic Becotte

Investor

Eghosa Omoigui

Investor

Eliot Pierce

Employee

Eric Martineau-Fortin

Investor

Eric Paley

Investor

Eric Wiesen

Investor

Gordon Crovitz

Investor

Howard Lindzon

Investor

Jake Levine

Employee

James D Robinson

Board member

Jason Morrow

Employee

John Borthwick

Founder

John Henderson

Investor

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Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Betaworks Studios: The Startup Club Connecting Top-Notch Creators

Kara Stiles

Web

November 30, 2018

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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CEO
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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Anthony Ha
January 22, 2020
TechCrunch
Back in September, Betaworks put out a call for startups to participate in its latest "camp," this one focused on audio. Danika Laszuk, the head of Betaworks Camp, told me at the time that the startup studio was looking for companies that are trying to build "audio-first" experiences for smart speakers and wireless headphones, or [...]

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