Betaworks

Nice NYT look into Betaworks — excellent example of blending investing with incubating, and building a portfolio of companies with complimentary strengths.  Several of their companies are proving to be vital in the social media, real-time web and analytics spaces.  Tweetdeek is the default social browser. Bit.ly is at the center of the passed-link economy.  Chartbeat is becoming the default in real-time analytics.  And summize powers real-time twitter search.

Betaworks is perfectly situated to benefit from the dramatic reductions in resources needed to prove out a concept with a viable prototype.   ATS could learn a thing or two from this model.

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