Andrew McLaughlin, who has worked with both Tumblr and Google, will join Betaworks, the incubator that has backed startups including Twitter, Groupon and Path, among many others. McLaughlin will serve as an entrepreneur in residence there.
A very exciting bit of personal news: I’ve joined betaworks as entrepreneur-in-residence. Led by the incredibly gifted John Borthwick, betaworks is forging a new, ambitious, wildly interesting model for creating and scaling innovative tech companies. It’s become a real center of gravity for the start-up scene in New York, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
To get a sense of betaworks, check out the amazing list of companies it has invested in — for example, Twitter,Tumblr, Airbnb, Branch, Everlane, ideely, GroupMe, Groupon, Kickstarter, Path, Tweetdeck. Its studio companies includeDigg, Bitly, Chartbeat, SocialFlow, and Findings, with others under construction. (I’ll have more to say about what I’m actually working on in the not-too-distant future.)
Huge thanks and a fond farewell to Tumblr, David Karp, and all my former colleagues there. I’m really proud of what my teams — international, outreach, communications, community, editorial, user support, marketing — pulled off since I joined last year. Personal highlights: the amazing Storyboard blog, the Brazil launch, the human-friendly terms of service and policy docs, new policies on self-harm, SxSW, the fight against SOPA, and the vast global cohort of new Tumblr blogs and partners we brought onboard. I’m especially grateful to everyone who joined those teams on my watch. Tumblr’s a terrific company, and an important platform for creativity, free speech, and community.