1. Giphy’s community can now invest in them, thanks to Alphaworks! Read more on the Alphaworks blog.

     


  2. Read more in this deep dive on our brand new logo.

     


  3. Some insight into how the Poncho team is visualizing their data, from the betaworks data blog.

     


  4. Our Investment in Quibb

    Betaworks is excited to announce a new seed investment in Quibb, a company we’ve watched grow for quite some time.  Sandi MacPherson, Quibb’s founder, has built an amazing community of people who share perspective and conversation every day about technology-industry news.

    As part of this investment round, Quibb is using the Alphaworks platform to invite both the Quibb and Betaworks communities to invest alongside the co-sponsors of this deal.  The co-sponsors are Bloomberg Beta and Lightbank.

    At Betaworks, we’re passionate believers in the Alphaworks model to enable businesses to raise capital directly from their communities, allowing users and customers to become owners as well. See.me, the most recent company to fundraise through the Alphaworks platform, has already met and closed its funding goal of $150,000.

    To invest alongside the sponsors, you can reserve an allocation on Alphaworks here.  

     

  5. Nina Berman at betaworks

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  6. John Borthwick BetaChat

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  7. Using twitter data to find the most disliked basketball teams.

     

  8. Tapestry: Make Something Beautiful from Tapestry on Vimeo.

    Everyone has a story. Share yours with Tapestry.

    We all have a story.

    A story or a message that needs more than 140 characters. More than a status update or one picture.

    We are a generation of communicators and social butterflies looking for a place to display and share our creativity. Tapestry started out simply as an online home for storytelling and we’ve grown (with your help) into a home for mobile creativity. Now, with 8.2 million taps since our last update (whew) we’re so excited to share with you another way to create and share your story.

    Introducing the new Tapestry app.

    Tapestry whoa

    Using images, GIF’s, taps and text, Tapestry now allows you to publish your ideas, stories and messages right in the iOS app.

    While we have watched our evolution grow quickly in the young adult community, we have remained true to our mission of giving people to a platform to publish, illustrate, collaborate and enjoy writing and reading short stories in a simple and fun way.

    Many have hailed 2014 as the “Year of Storytelling.” We say it is the year of mobile storytelling. Tapestry is ready to push digital short storytelling forward into a more thoughtful and thought-out manner of communication. We want to give our young community more credit, more tools, more opportunities to make and share meaningful stories.

    Tapestryooo

    So, again, we’re pretty excited to share with you the latest version of Tapestry.  It “taps” on all the things we have heard you want. This is your personal invitation to give Tapestry a try– go ahead and make something beautiful with us.

    - jana

    If you have any questions, feedback on Tapestry or just want to say hello? Email me jana@readtapestry.com.

     
     

  9. Matt Blumberg at betaworks

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  10. #homescreen2014

    At betaworks we aim to build apps that people love: the essential apps that people use every day and that they obsessively want to have on the homescreen of their devices, one touch away. Yet, measuring progress against this goal is a challenge. We have internal analytics, tools, and KPIs that give us an indication of progress. We are obsessive users of Chartbeat, which we helped design specifically to track real-time social engagement. We use Twitter and social channels to measure the scale of engagement and its depth. Twitter is especially good at giving us a sense of depth: examining the language, the influencer clusters and the sentiment that people use to describe our work. When people talk about Dots as an obsession they love or a Tapestry story as something that moved them, we take these as indicators that we are accomplishing our goal. However, it’s just an indicator and the world we build in today is balkanized. More often than not, we can’t get enough visibility into many of the platforms on which we build experiences.Whether it’s the App Store, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, most platforms today are opaque in terms of metrics and data. But at the start of each year there is an elegant hack we apply.  

    #homescreen2014 was written for the 2014 betaworks shareholder book, which will be out in a week, an excerpted post by John is on medium.