Christopher Golda 37.7749° N, 122.4194° W

I’m an entrepreneur and early-stage investor in companies like Benchling, Coinbase, and 35+ more. Previously, I co–founded BackType, a SaaS analytics company that helped quantify the marketing value of social media, backed by Y Combinator, True Ventures, Lowercase Capital, and more. BackType was acquired by Twitter, where I became responsible for the Ads Center as revenue 10X’d to $1.4B. I also helped open source Apache Storm, a distributed realtime computation system developed at BackType. Full bio.

How I Help Founders

Portfolio

  • 1build
  • Actiondesk
  • Arsenic
  • Baotris
  • Benchling
  • Coinbase
  • CoLab Software
  • CoScreen
  • Data Mechanics
  • DeepSource
  • dYdX
  • ElectroNeek
  • Embrace
  • Explo
  • Honk
  • Hoss
  • Inito
  • Meadow
  • Metastable
  • MindsDB
  • Opstrace
  • Paradigm Capital
  • Reaktive
  • Red Planet Labs
  • Release
  • Replicated
  • Scratchpad
  • Seasons
  • Signadot
  • Slite
  • Swiftlane
  • Taskade
  • Thrive
  • Transform
  • Well Principled
  • Wasmer
  • ZecOps
  • Stealth
  • Stealth

Current stage
Seed — Series ASeries B+

Biography

My name is Christopher Golda (b. 1985, Canada). I’m an immigrant entrepreneur and investor based in San Francisco. I’ve been interested in entrepreneurship, product design, and computer programming from a young age, starting my first Internet business in high–school. In 2007, I received a BASc in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto.

My last venture, BackType, began at Y Combinator in the summer of 2008 in Cambridge, MA. We believed that conversations were becoming a valuable subset of information on the Internet, so we set out to organize that information in new and interesting ways. BackType became a SaaS analytics company that helped quantify the marketing value of social media, backed by True Ventures, Lowercase Capital, and more. The distributed data processing work we did to build the BackType product became the basis for the Lambda Architecture. In 2011, BackType was acquired by Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), where I became responsible for the Ads Center as revenue grew from $140M to $1.4B. At Twitter, I also helped open source Apache Storm, a distributed realtime computation system developed at BackType. Storm was declared a Top–Level Project by the Apache Software Foundation in 2014.

Today, I invest in and advise early–stage startups on product vision and execution, team and company building, product management, marketing, and more. I’ve served as an advisor to Menlo Ventures and Y Combinator’s Startup School. Outside of technology, my interests include art, electronic music, fashion, furniture design, and wine.

Ref.

  • Art
  • Brâncuși
  • Donald Judd
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • James Turrell
  • Lee Ufan
  • Pierre Soulages
  • Richard Serra
  • Tomás Saraceno
  • Music
  • Chet Baker
  • Dewaele Brothers
  • DVS1
  • Erik Satie
  • Gesaffelstein
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Nicolás Jaar
  • Nina Simone
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Trentemøller
  • Fashion
  • Hedi Slimane
  • Helmut Lang
  • Issey Miyake
  • Jil Sander
  • Martin Margiela
  • Rick Owens
  • Yohji Yamamoto
  • Architecture
  • Carlo Scarpa
  • Louis Kahn
  • Peter Zumthor
  • Furniture
  • Choi Byung Hoon
  • Finn Juhl
  • François-Xavier Lalanne
  • Michèle Lamy
  • Wendell Castle

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