Christopher Golda

My name is Christopher Golda. I’m an early-stage investor and entrepreneur based in San Francisco. I serve as a Venture Advisor to Menlo Ventures for SaaS and Dev/DevOps technology startups. My last venture, BackType, was a SaaS analytics company that helped quantify the marketing value of social media, backed by Y Combinator, True Ventures, Lowercase Capital, and more. The distributed data processing work we did at BackType became the basis of the Lambda Architecture. BackType was acquired by Twitter, 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. Full bio.

How I Help Founders

I’m only as active as an entrepreneur wants me to be; that could mean rolling my sleeves up to work together on product, but more often it means waiting for monthly or quarterly updates, and only helping when asked.

Portfolio

  • Actiondesk
  • Arsenic
  • Baotris
  • Benchling
  • Coinbase
  • CoLab Software
  • dYdX
  • Embrace
  • Honk
  • Inito
  • Meadow
  • Metastable
  • Opstrace
  • Paradigm Capital
  • Present
  • Red Planet Labs
  • Seasons
  • Slite
  • Taskade
  • Thrive
  • Well Principled
  • Wasmer
  • ZecOps
  •  

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, Chris Dixon, 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, and it’s now used by companies like Alibaba, Apple, Samsung, and Uber.

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

Ref.

  • Art
  • Auguste Rodin
  • Brâncuși
  • Donald Judd
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • James Turrell
  • Lee Ufan
  • Pierre Soulages
  • Richard Serra
  • Tomás Saraceno
  • Music
  • Chet Baker
  • DVS1
  • Erik Satie
  • Gesaffelstein
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Nicolas Jaar
  • Nina Simone
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Soulwax
  • Trentemøller
  • Fashion
  • Hedi Slimane
  • Helmut Lang
  • Issey Miyake
  • Jil Sander
  • Martin Margiela
  • Rick Owens
  • Yohji Yamamoto

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