BetaWorks

  • Dots Spins Out Of Betaworks With $10M Series A From Tencent, GreyCroft

    Dots Spins Out Of Betaworks With $10M Series A From Tencent, GreyCroft

    Dots, the mobile gaming studio responsible for two dead-simple but beautiful games, is today announcing the close of a $10 million round, as well as the official spinout of Dots as its own company, separate from betaworks. The series A round is co-led by Greycroft Partners and TenCent, which Dots cofounder and CEO Paul Murphy reminded TechCrunch is the largest gaming company in the world based… Read More

  • Homescreen Is Betaworks’ Latest Experiment-Turned-Product

    Homescreen Is Betaworks’ Latest Experiment-Turned-Product

    When someone picks up their phone to take a peek, I can’t help but take a peek, too. Whether it’s a perfect stranger on the train or the girl I’ve had a crush on for months, I can’t help but look. With the latest product out of betaworks, you can take that curiosity to a whole new level. Read More

  • Alphaworks, The Equity Crowdfunding Platform From Betaworks, Brings On Erin Glenn As CEO

    Alphaworks, The Equity Crowdfunding Platform From Betaworks, Brings On Erin Glenn As CEO

    Today the folks at Alphaworks, the equity crowd-funding platform branched out of betaworks, are announcing leadership changes, with Erin Glenn taking the lead as CEO. Nick Chirls, cofounder and former CEO of Alphaworks, is moving on to pursue another new project. Read More

  • Betaworks-Backed Weather Service, Poncho, Heads To Chicago

    Betaworks-Backed Weather Service, Poncho, Heads To Chicago

    At the start of every day, most people check the weather. They go to the weather app on their phone, or open up weather.com, or perhaps they lick their finger and stick it out the window. I, however, get my weather updates from Poncho. Read More

  • Instapaper Goes Freemium With Big iOS Redesign

    Instapaper Goes Freemium With Big iOS Redesign

    Instapaper, bringing bookmarks into the future, has just launched a big redesign of the iOS version of the app with loads of new features and a brand new business model. betaworks’-owned Instapaper has always been a paid product, going for between $3 and $4 dollars on mobile and costing approximately $1/month as a subscription. Today, the company is pivoting to entirely free apps and… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — react with nervous jokes as all eyes turn to the success of Yo, the single-minded communication app that has one thing on its little mind. But wait a minute, what’s surreally going on here as BetaWorks’ John Borthwick leads an investment round on the love child union of… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition, soaring value payouts, and a winner-take-all sensibility in the tech community, now something different. The data points: Digg Deeper, Soundcloud, Twitter user metrics, and more… Read More

  • Two Dots, The Sequel To Betaworks’ Dots, Is A Beautiful Monster

    Two Dots, The Sequel To Betaworks’ Dots, Is A Beautiful Monster

    My highest score on Dots — the original Dots — is 414. I achieved this respectable, albeit relatively average, score about a year ago, just after Dots was first released. When I open up the app now, I never play for more than a few tries. I can never get anywhere close to 400. I can’t even get close to 300. Which brings me to Two Dots, the latest generation of the… Read More

  • Giphy Taps Alphaworks For The Final $100K In Its $2.5M Series A

    Giphy Taps Alphaworks For The Final $100K In Its $2.5M Series A

    Giphy, the betaworks-backed search engine for gifs, is today opening up a slice of its $2.5 million Series A on the equity crowdfunding site Alphaworks. Alphaworks is a site run by Nick Chirls, in collaboration with betaworks, that lets accredited investors within a startup’s community invest a small amount of funding to get a cut of equity. It follows a similar model to Kickstarter… Read More

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