VC Corner Q+A: Talia Goldberg

VC Corner Q+A: Talia Goldberg

Talia Goldberg joined Bessemer in 2012 and is a Principal in the San Francisco office where she focuses on consumer and software investments at the venture and growth stages.

Prior to joining Bessemer, Talia worked at foursquare, a location based mobile company in NYC as an early member of the business development team. She also interned for the finance and operations team at Simple Finance, a consumer facing mobile banking solution (acquired by BBVA). Through Parity Partners, Talia is a pod leader and mentor for rising female VCs and entrepreneurs.

Please enjoy this Q+A with Talia Goldberg.

Q&A:

What is your / your fund’s mission?

We aim to support and partner with breakthrough founders and teams that are pushing the limits of what’s possible.

What is one thing you are excited about right now?

I’m excited by what we call the shift “from a system of record to a system of results.” Software and applications can go far beyond simply storing and repeating information or automating tasks, but can provide users/customers with suggestions that actually improves outputs.

Who is one founder you think we should watch?

Keep an eye on SG Lee, the CEO of Toss. He’s completely disrupting the financial services industry in Korea.

What are the top 3 qualities of every great leader?

  1. Intellectual honesty and integrity
  2. Persistence
  3. Ambition

What and when was your very first investment? What struck you about them?

My first investment was in Dashlane, a consumer password manager and digital wallet that we initially backed in 2014. I was struck by the incredibly strong customer feedback and the way the product becomes so core and integral to a user’s everyday life and online activity.

What is one question you ask yourself before investing in a company?

You have to ask — is this the team I believe in and want to work with for the next 10+ years?

What is one thing every founder should ask themselves before walking into a meeting with a potential investor?

Founders should ask: “Is there a way I can gain value from this meeting, other than a check? What can I learn from this person outside of just funding?”

What do you think should be in a CEO’s top 3 company priorities?

  1. Recruiting the best talent
  2. Retaining the best talent
  3. Resource allocation

Favorite business book, blog, podcast?

My favorite business book is The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William Thorndike.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

Run and explore new cities

Who is one leader you admire?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

What is one interesting thing most people don’t know about you?

I’ve never eaten meat or fish in my life. My parents raised me that way and I’m now a proud lifelong vegetarian!

What is one piece of advice you’d give every founder?

Focus. Focus. Focus.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Yes! You can check out my TechCrunch article on the Payback Ratio here:

https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/10/paybacks-a-gift/, and my slides on valuation here:

https://www.slideshare.net/taliagold/valuation-presentation-blog-version

How can startups reach you?

Startups interested in an opportunity to pitch Bessemer Venture Partners can apply here.