BetaWorks

  • 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

  • Gillmor Gang: Fits and Starts

    Gillmor Gang: Fits and Starts

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — take a walk on the wild side as The New York Times publishes all the news that fits. Except, that is, the news about itself. The Twitterverse is clogged with leaked Innovation reports, business model Kremlin Wall analysis, and newsroom disappearances galore. For the record, we also stop in… Read More

  • Giphy, The Betaworks-Backed Gif Search Engine, Is Raising $2.5 Million In Series A

    Giphy, The Betaworks-Backed Gif Search Engine, Is Raising $2.5 Million In Series A

    Giphy has raised a $2.4 million Series A round of funding, according to the SEC website and an official blog post announcing the round. betaworks led, with participation from Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, and CAA Ventures. Giphy launched out of betaworks in February of 2013 with about $1 million in seed funding from the indefinable incubator-startup studio hybrid run by John Borthwick. Today… Read More

  • Betaworks-Backed Giphy Launches Gif Link Shortener For Twitter And Facebook

    Betaworks-Backed Giphy Launches Gif Link Shortener For Twitter And Facebook

    Giphy, the betaworks-backed search engine for gifs, has released a brand new tool that makes sharing gifs on social networks even easier and more efficient. Giphy is a search platform that is based entirely around gifs, with artist profiles so that creators can get more exposure and easy sharing tools for social media. However, without in-line integration on Facebook or Twitter people still… Read More

  • Quibb, The News Reader For Professionals, Taps Alphaworks To Close A $750k Seed Round

    Quibb, a service that helps industry professional share and discuss relevant news items, is looking to finish up its seed round on Alphaworks, the crowdsourced equity exchange platform recently unveiled by betaworks. Quibb represents one of the first companies to use the platform. The company has secured $650k from investors and is looking to close on another $100k through Alphaworks. Quibb is… Read More

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