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.
Jordan Crook is a partner at Betaworks Ventures. She is deeply interested in gaming, AI, the intersection of the two, and consumer-facing technology. Jordan spent 12 years at TechCrunch, starting out as a cub reporter and, over the years, climbing to second in command as Deputy Editor, leading product development across major franchises like TechCrunch Disrupt, TechCrunch+, and the TC Podcast network. Over the course of her tenure, Jordan reported on thousands of startups across a wide variety of industries, and fostered relationships with hundreds of VCs, founders, and operators. Jordan graduated from New York University with a double major in English Literature and Philosophy.
In her free time, Jordan enjoys reading, participating in anything competitive (from board games to athletics to FPS games), and spending time with her family. She’s based in New Hope, PA.
Neel Baronia is a Principal at Betaworks, where he has been since November 2021. Prior to joining Betaworks, he was the Founder and CEO of Iris Cinemas, Inc. a mobile ticketing subscription service for independent movie theaters in California. In addition, he previously worked on the Engineering team at Bridgewater, the Long/Short equities division at Point72, and the trading team at Kraken Exchange. He holds a degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.