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Facebook to acquire Giphy in a deal reportedly worth $400 million

Facebook will acquire Giphy, the web-based animated gif search engine and platform provider, Facebook confirmed today, in a deal worth around $400 million, according to a report by Axios. Facebook sa

John Borthwick & Matt Hartman of betaworks discuss coronavirus adaptation strategies

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hopping on Zoom with betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman to discuss the tech world’s adaptation to this new locked-down world, the future of new med

Join betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman on a live WFH conference call tomorrow at 3pm EDT

The world is changing fast. With the spread of the coronavirus keeping folks in their homes, there’s no time like the present to connect with people online. Tomorrow at 3pm EDT, betaworks’

Here are the six startups in Betaworks’ new Audiocamp

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

Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments

Led by Amazon’s Alexa, smart speakers’ install base is expected to reach 200 million units worldwide by 2020. A quarter of Americans over the age of 12 own a smart speaker, and the majorit

Betaworks’ next startup camp is focused on audio

Startup studio Betaworks is putting out a call for audio-focused startups. Specifically, it’s announcing Audiocamp, the latest in its “camp” programs, where it backs a handful of ear

Streem buys Selerio in effort to boost its AR teleconferencing tech

Streem, an AR startup that is meshing teleconferencing software with computer vision tech, has acquired a small U.K. startup called Selerio that’s also building out augmented reality technologie

Media VC theses, SEO keywords, cosmology, and brand design

Where top VCs are investing in Media, Entertainment & Gaming Our media columnist Eric Peckham (who is hard at work on the Unity EC-1, which we will start to publish here shortly) pinged his networ

Where top VCs are investing in media, entertainment & gaming

Most of the strategy discussions and news coverage in the media and entertainment industry is concerned with the unfolding corporate mega-mergers and the political implications of social media platfor

WeWork backs New York tech clubhouse Betaworks Studios

Betaworks Studios, a subsidiary of New York seed fund Betaworks, has raised $4.4M.

Morphin instantly Deepfakes your face into GIFs

Want to star in your favorite memes and movie scenes? Upload a selfie to Morphin, choose your favorite GIF and your face is grafted in to create a personalized copy you can share anywhere. Become Tony

Spotify says it paid $340M to buy Gimlet and Anchor

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

Brud, the company behind the virtual celebrity Lil Miquela, is now worth at least $125 million thanks to a new round of financing the company is currently closing. Meanwhile, new venture-backed compan

Here are the five startups participating in Betaworks LiveCamp

Betaworks this morning revealed this list of five startups participating in its fourth Camp accelerator program. Launched in 2016, the program brings together a collection of young companies united un

betaworks opens applications to LiveCamp

Fresh on the heels of the launch of betaworks Studios, the startup factory is opening its doors once again as applications have opened for LiveCamp. LiveCamp is the fourth installment of betaworks&#82

betaworks VisionCamp introduces seven new AR/computer vision companies

More than ten years ago, betaworks launched to foster an ecosystem of startups focused on the intersection of media and consumer behavior. While the mission hasn’t changed, the structure has see

betaworks Studios is a membership club for builders

betaworks, the 10-year-old startup studio out of NYC, is today introducing a brand new business in the form of betaworks Studios. Think of betaworks Studios as a membership club for builders, offering

Applications for betaworks’ newest accelerator, Visioncamp, open September 6

On the heels of formally announcing betaworks ventures, the startup shop is today introducing its third ‘camp’. betaworks Visioncamp is the latest accelerator-style program out of betawork

Poncho weather service picks up $2.4 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners

Poncho, the betaworks-backed weather service, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding led by Lightspeed Ventures. Poncho launched out of betaworks the same year as Giphy and Dots, and uses SMS and ema

betaworks ventures is a not-so-new $50 million early-stage fund

betaworks, the startup studio responsible for companies like Giphy, TweetDeck, and Dots, is today formally announcing the launch of a $50 million early-stage fund called betaworks ventures. betaworks
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