John Borthwick has been a leader and early-stage investor in New York technology for over two decades. As founder and CEO of betaworks, John has led the company building and investment process since 2008. Companies built by betaworks include Giphy, Dots, bitly, and Chartbeat. Previously, he was SVP of Alliances and Technology Strategy for Time Warner Inc.; CEO of Fotolog, one of the first social photo sharing sites; and head of AOL’s product development studio after they acquired his first company, WP Studio, one of Silicon Alley’s first content studios. He currently serves on the boards of WNYC, New York Public Radio, Data & Society, Giphy, Dots, and Blade. John holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University.
Matthew Hartman is a partner at betaworks ventures, based in New York City. Matt started his career building the technology platform for Trammell Crow Company (acquired by CBRE) before joining Hot Potato (acquired by Facebook). He co-founded ReferBoost, a profitable b2b company in the real estate and social media space. Matt studied Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on computational cognition and holds an MBA and Masters of Engineering Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern. He is inventor of a patent 8189781, which helps obfuscate images from unwanted download.
Peter Rojas is a partner at betaworks ventures, based in San Francisco. Peter is a successful four-time entrepreneur with deep operating experience. Prior to betaworks ventures, he was VP of Strategy at AOL and co-director of AOL Alpha, the company's experimental products group. Peter was the co-founder of Weblogs Inc. (acquired by AOL in 2005), where he created and was the founding editor of tech sites Engadget and Joystiq; music discovery site RCRD LBL; gdgt, a social commerce platform (acquired by AOL in 2013); and gadget blog Gizmodo, the first Gawker Media property (acquired by Univision in 2016). Peter holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University.