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Oct. 19, 2020

#208: Jude Gomila, Founder & CEO of Golden and Investor in 200+ Companies, on Mapping Human Knowledge, Fundraising, Optimizing for Serendipity & Fun, and How to Become a Magnet for Great Opportunities

#208: Jude Gomila, Founder & CEO of Golden and Investor in 200+ Companies,  on Mapping Human Knowledge, Fundraising, Optimizing for Serendipity & Fun, and How to Become a Magnet for Great Opportunities

Jude Gomila is the Founder & CEO of ( https://golden.com/ ) a company on a mission to map out human knowledge and accelerate discovery and learning, and an investor in more than 200 companies including Carta, Gusto, Airtable, Boom, Ginkgo,...


Jude Gomila is the Founder & CEO of Golden ( https://golden.com/ ) a company on a mission to map out human knowledge and accelerate discovery and learning, and an investor in more than 200 companies including Carta, Gusto, Airtable, Boom, Ginkgo, Benchling, Ironclad, Superhuman, Linear, and Relativity.

Jude was also previously the Founder of Heyzap, a company which was incubated at Y Combinator, raised $8M, and was acquired in Jan. 2016 by RNTS Media for $45M.

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Some of the Topics Covered by Jude Gomila in this Episode

  • What the mission is of Golden
  • The initial focus area for Golden when Jude first started it
  • Some of the constraints Jude found when trying to build a system to map human knowledge
  • The use cases for Golden
  • Where Jude's personal interest in the idea of Golden comes from
  • How the fundraising process was for Jude and Golden and how it compared to raising money in 2009 for Heyzap
  • What kept Jude going while trying to fundraise in 2009 even though it was an incredibly difficult time to raise capital
  • Finally getting an investment from Union Square Ventures as well as Naval Ravikant
  • Choosing between dinner and a call with Naval Ravikant and getting him on Jude's board
  • How Jude's investors were most helpful for him as he built Heyzap
  • Incentive structures
  • Why Jude got started with Angel investing and how extreme frugality helped him invest in more companies
  • How Jude manages relationships with so many founders as an Angel investor
  • Making your own luck
  • How Jude gets access to so many deals as an investor
  • How to be useful, become a magnet, and attract great investments
  • Optimizing for serendipity vs. networking
  • How Jude thinks about applying the Pareto Principle (80/20) in his business
  • Resource allocation at a startup
  • The next steps for Golden
  • Happiness, what it means, how to define it, and how to measure it
  • Why you should have some level of discomfort in your life
  • Living at the edge of uncertainty
  • Optimizing for fun

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