John Borthwick has been a leader in the New York startup technology business for over two decades. He is the founder and CEO of Betaworks, a New York-based startup platform that builds, accelerates, and invests in early-stage consumer technology companies.
Companies built by Betaworks include Giphy, Dots, bitly, Tweetdeck, and Chartbeat. Giphy was acquired by Instagram/META, Dots by TakeTwo, bitly by Spectrum Equity, and Tweetdeck by Twitter. Investments and accelerated companies include: Twitter, Tumblr, Kickstarter, Medium, Anchor, Gimlet and recently Hugging Face, RecRoom, Superplastic, and XMTP.
Prior to starting Betaworks, John was SVP of Alliances and Technology Strategy for Time Warner Inc.; and CEO of Fotolog, one of the first social photo-sharing sites. He serves on the boards of Blade Urban Mobility, WNYC, New York Public Radio, and Data & Society. John holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University.