John Borthwick


John Borthwick, betaworks CEO, founder

Betaworks is a startup platform that builds & invests across the social, data driven media internet. Betaworks combines three areas of expertise. A studio; building products like Giphy, Dots, bitly, & Tweetdeck. An investment fund for early-stage start-ups. And camp; an accelerator program for start-ups in frontier technology.

Prior to betaworks John was CEO of Fotolog, one of the first social photo sharing sites — pre Flickr and Facebook. In under a year he turned the company cash flow positive and sold for $96M. Before Fotolog John was SVP of Alliances & Technology Strategy for Time Warner Inc. There he worked to drive technology strategy & policy across the company while leading several partnerships including Microsoft, Google, Sony and Intel. He was also an expert witness in the Microsoft Antitrust trial. Prior to TW John was an executive at AOL, leading the new product development studio.

John holds an MBA from Wharton and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Wesleyan University. He sits on the board of WNYC, NYPR, Data & Society, Giphy, Dots and Blade.

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