A trillion dollar opportunity

Google is the front page of the Internet. The Internet is a central hub for knowledge, information, and economic activity. And Google is its biggest gatekeeper. It is where a lot of my online life starts. I am a chronic googler. I search anything and everything that pops into my hyperactive mind. My search history…More

Is generative AI the next platform shift?

The global economy was once fueled by industrialization. Today it’s fueled by knowledge and information. Major technological advances and platform shifts have accelerated this transition—in the 1990s it was the Internet. The 2000s brought the era of cloud computing. The 2010s gave rise to smartphone ubiquity. What were once emergent platforms went on to broaden…More

Why meat is like a PalmPilot

I am fond of Peter Thiel’s interview question: “what is one thing you believe that most others don’t?” One of my own answers to this question is that within the next few decades, meat as we know it will be obsolete. Most of this country will be plant based or eating meat that is grown…More

Distribution and conversion models for consumer startups

This is a piece I co-authored with Alexandra Sukin and originally posted on the Bessemer blog. We often describe breakout consumer internet businesses as earthquakes that occur out of nowhere, and are so powerful they feel like forces of nature and movements that are bigger than the brands themselves. But what powers the tectonic shifts that create…More

Roadmap Update: Remote Work

I first published my remote work roadmap (below) just three months before the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the U.S. It was inspired by over a year of research that led to my conviction that remote and distributed work was inevitable. Removing geography as a constraint to team building would be transformative. It felt like I…More

The State of Sound: Audio in 2020 and Beyond

By Gaby Goldberg & Talia Goldberg. Originally published in Bessemer’s Atlas. Audio is experiencing a Cambrian moment, growing faster now than it ever has before. Apple is expected to sell over 100 million AirPods this year, up from 60 million in 2019. Roughly one in four adults owns a smart speaker, with a third of…More

Enabling Entrepreneurship

By Talia Goldberg, Sakib Dadi, Lindsey Li. Originally published in Bessemer’s Atlas. Contrary to popular belief, starting a business has never been harder. Although startup culture sometimes feels more like pop culture in mainstream media, the number of new businesses formed each year is decreasing. Over the past 30 years, new business creation has declined…More

Remote work roadmap

This was originally posted on the Bessemer blog in January 2020. It outlines my remote work thesis and includes excerpts from a presentation I gave to Bessemer’s limited partners in October 2019. At Bessemer, we believe entrepreneurship is borderless and that geography is one of the greatest limitations of innovation and growth. We first came…More

Improving App Discovery

How do you discover new apps to download to your iPhone? Most people download apps based on word of mouth and recommendations from friends. Others rely on online searches or ratings. All these methods are ineffective. Over the past few years, I have certainly spent a few hours looking at lists of the “top 50…More

Siri: is the future talking to our computers?

Though I still have the iPhone 4, I’ve been able to play around with Siri on the iPhone 4s over the past few days.  I’m impressed, but more by what Siri represents than its current functionality. While the voice recognition is great, Siri is the foundation for mobile artificial intelligence. Right now, Siri clearly uses…More