Twitter and Betaworks are teaming up in a brand new fund
We’re listening to from a number of sources that there’s a brand new fund popping out of Betaworks, and Twitter is chipping cash into it.
Twitter is investing at the very least $10 million within the new fund, based on one supply. We don’t know the full measurement of the enterprise. Up to now, Betaworks has targeted on smaller seed investments and has stayed away from outsized funds. One other earlier one, for instance, was $eight million. We weren’t capable of study if there are any further members.
There’s already a connection between Betaworks and Twitter. Betaworks beforehand invested in two corporations that have been acquired by Twitter: TweetDeck and Summize (want hyperlinks). Twitter acquired Summize in 2008, which Borthwick was an investor via Betaworks. Twitter purchased TweetDeck, additionally backed by Betaworks, for $forty million in 2011. It additionally counted itself a Twitter investor.
We don’t know if this can be a new Betaworks fund, or a brand new separate fund altogether.
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Getting right into a fund with Betaworks is sensible for Twitter given the agency’s monitor report of supplying Twitter with some respectable acquisitions and funding corporations that a part of the Twitter “ecosystem”, increasing how the product is used. Whereas TweetDeck hasn’t essentially been an enormous seize for scale, it’s adored by Twitter energy customers and companies for managing their Twitter presence — one thing that would maintain its most lively (and loudest) consumer base glad because it makes modifications to the basic Twitter expertise. TweetDeck, for instance, nonetheless returns Tweets in reverse time order, whereas the brand new Twitter timeline consists of an algorithmic contact to floor tweets that aren’t essentially in time-order.
There’s one other facet right here as properly. Twitter and Betaworks can goal corporations that shall be intently tied to Twitter’s providers. That may assist Twitter hold an in depth tie with startups might probably compete with it or cannibalize it down the road.
For Betaworks, there’s a profit to moving into a brand new fund that features Twitter. By default, it provides these startups within the portfolio extra exit choices: Twitter will already maintain a stake and may think about further funding — or an acquisition.
Betaworks has had an honest string of success these days, tapping into viral providers which have discovered sticky utilization on social platforms. Giphy — lately funded at a $300 million valuation — has common integrations with each Slack and Twitter. It’s additionally an investor in Howdy, one of many first bots launching on the Slack platform, which additionally picked up a brand new funding from Slack’s bot fund.
Twitter already has its personal funding fund — Twitter Ventures — which was beforehand led by Mike Gupta and has made a handful of strategic investments in startups creating providers that work instantly with Twitter. It’s not clear how a Betaworks partnership would work with that present entity.
Twitter partnering with one other group on a brand new fund could also be a primary for the corporate, nevertheless it’s not unprecedented. Many bigger enterprise have funding arms that faucet into startup incubators as a method of rising their publicity to new tech and expertise and to widen their platforms. TechStars labored, till lately, with Disney and nonetheless companions with a number of different bigger corporations. Funds like this assist bigger corporations get to the entrance of the road once they need to purchase corporations, and provides them perception into instruments which may naturally match into their portfolio of providers. Coincidentally, this week Google additionally confirmed its personal startup fund and incubator — though its effort, Lab one hundred twenty, is aimed toward providing a developer area to its personal staff.
We’ve reached out to Twitter and Betaworks for remark, and can replace the publish once we hear again.