Golden, a San Francisco start-up that aims to map all human knowledge, has raised $14.5 million in Series A funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from investors including Harpoon Ventures, DCVC and Gigafund, Crunchbase has reported. Andreessen Horowitz co-founding partner Marc Andreessen is joining Golden’s board.

Unlike Wikipedia, which utilises an army of worldwide voluntary contributors, Golden says it uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and people to collect public information on various topics. 

Golden chief executive Jude Gomila explained that Golden compiles all this fragmented information from sources such as news articles and databases, and is initially focusing on science, technology and companies.

Gomila added: “The big vision is we’re trying to build a big database of knowledge and this is across everything eventually.”

The company stated that it will use the new funding primarily to double its headcount from the current number of 15.

Golden’s total funding now stands at $19.5 million; it most recently raised a $5 million seed round in May last year.

Gomila was previously co-founder and president of mobile advertising company Heyzap, which was backed by Union Square Ventures and Y Combinator in 2009, and was sold to Fyber for $45 million in 2016. He has also made more than 100 angel investments into start-ups.

Date published: 9 October 2020

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