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Golden is a San Francisco-based company building an encyclopedia and knowledge tool. The founder and CEO of Golden is Jude Gomila.


Golden is based in SoMA, San Francisco, USA, and was started in 2017 by Jude Gomila. The company's full legal name is Golden Recursion Inc. Golden uses machine intelligence to build a self-constructing knowledge base. The platform contains canonical information describing entities (sometimes referred to as topic pages) and allows users to create, contribute, and compare knowledge by utilizing a set of AI-based tools. AI-assisted editing allows users to automatically extract summaries and infobox data from external web-based sources, and AI-based suggestions enable users to make quick, modular updates to topics.

Golden uses clusters to group related topics. Clusters include Blockchain & cryptocurrency, Cell-based and plant-based meat, Synthetic biology, Stem cell technology, COVID-19, and Biotechnology. Each cluster contains links to hundreds of topic pages.

In January 2022, Golden released plans to construct a Web3 protocol of itself on


Golden raised a seed round in 2017 (announced in 2019) of $5 million from a16z, Founders Fund, Giga Fund, SV Angel, Aston Motes (1st employee of Dropbox), Christina Brodbeck, Joe Montana of Liquid 2 Ventures, Josh Buckley, Howie Liu (CEO of Airtable), Jack Smith (Founder of Vungle), Trip Adler (Founder of Scribd), James Tamplin (Founder of Firebase), Charlie Delingpole, Paul McKellar (cofounder of Square), Sumon Sadhu, Wei Guo, Ryan Pawell, Balaji Srinivasan (founder of, Mike Einziger (from the band Incubus) and others.

Golden features
Entity and topic pages

Golden has pages on entities including companies, people, technologies, investors, and venture funds.

Watched topics

Users can select topic pages and cluster pages to watch.


Users can see all open issues and can select the type of issue they want to see.

AI suggestions

Users can contribute to Golden by accepting or rejecting Golden AI's suggestions to the knowledge base.

Golden Research Engine

Golden offers the Golden Research Engine for organizations that want to make more detailed searches in Golden's knowledge base. Members can opt to receive email alerts of new results in saved queries, add results to lists, and other functions.


Users can create lists of entities and select the columns from any field in the Golden Knowledge Base as well as private columns.

Golden API

Golden has an API for enrichment that can post back attributes of an entity. It also has an API that gives entity results for a given query.


October 3, 2022
Golden raises a $40,000,000 series B round from Amirteymour Moazami, Arash Ferdowsi, Avlok Kohli, Bastian Lehmann, Chaac Ventures, Dan Romero, Data Collective, Dylan Field, FalconX, George Lambeth, Hanover Technology Investment Management, Harpoon Ventures, Juan Benet, Khaled Naim, MVP Ventures, Maryanna Saenko, Matt Bellamy, Michael Seibel, Neal Dempsey, OpenSea Ventures, Protocol Labs, Raj Gokal, Scale Asia Ventures, Socii Capital, Sridhar Ramaswamy, Stefano Bernardi, TRAC, The a16z Cultural Leadership Fund, Vela Partners, Wei Guo, Xoogler and a16z crypto.
September 30, 2020
Golden raises $14.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, with the firm’s co-founder Marc Andreessen joining the startup’s board of directors.
August 17, 2020
Golden launches private fields in Lists for Enterprise users.
March 2020
Golden raises a $14,500,000 series A round from Alex Tew, Andreessen Horowitz, Augusto "Aghi" Marietti, Balaji S. Srinivasan, Better Tomorrow Ventures, Charles Delingpole, Daniel Ha, Data Collective, Gigafund, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Hanover Technology Investment Management, Harpoon Ventures, Howie Liu, Jonathan Swanson, Melo7 Tech Partners, Neal Dempsey, Ryan Pawell, Socii Capital, The a16z Cultural Leadership Fund, Tikhon Bernstam, Vela Partners, WndrCo and Work Life Ventures.
August 13, 2019
Golden features page

The Golden features page displays what features and tools are available to contributors, readers, and organizations.

August 12, 2019
Embedded tables on entity pages

Embedded tables for venture capital funds, funded companies, investments, etc are added to topic pages to make it easier to store and explore data.

July 29, 2019
Lists for Team plan members

Team plan members can select topics from query results and add them to saved lists in order to track interesting topics and ideas.

June 24, 2019
Tweet quotes from Golden

When a section of prose is highlighted on a Golden topic page, users see the option to create an issue, or share the section via social media.

June 20, 2019
Timeline suggestions

Topic pages have AI suggestions for timeline entries. Users can accept, reject, or accept and edit the timeline entry in the editor.

June 19, 2019
Blockquote feature

Quotes are supported in the body of the article. The blockquote button is found in the editor bar. Either highlight text to add to the quote, or add text after.


Funding Rounds



Further Resources


Golden is Creating the First Self-Constructing Knowledge Database Combining Human and Artificial Intelligence

Abhilash Thakur


Golden Raises $5M Seed Round with Andreessen Horowitz, Gigafund, Founders Fund, and SV Angel to Build First Self-Constructing Knowledge Database Combining Artificial and Human Intelligence.


Golden unveils a Wikipedia alternative focused on emerging tech and startups

Anthony Ha


Golden: Intelligent Knowledge Map with Jude Gomila - Software Engineering Daily

August 5, 2019

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Anthony Ha
September 30, 2020
Golden is announcing that it has raised $14.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, with the firm's co-founder Marc Andreessen joining the startup's board of directors. When Golden launched last year, founder and CEO Jude Gomila told me that his goal was to create a knowledge base focused [...]
Anthony Ha
April 30, 2019
Jude Gomila, who previously sold his mobile advertising company Heyzap to RNTS Media, is taking on a new challenge -- building a "knowledge base" that can fill in Wikipedia's blind spots, particularly when it comes to emerging technologies and startups. While Gomila is officially launching Golden today, it's already full of content about things like [...]


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