Hard work pays off.
Talia Goldberg can attest to that. She has just become Bessemer Venture Partners‘ newest partner, the youngest at the venture capital firm’s 50 year history. She will oversee early and growth stage software, consumer and marketplace investments. She’s based in San Francisco.
Goldberg has been with Bessemer for six and a half years. In that time she has forged relationships with startups like Shippo, Dashlane, Toss, ServiceTitan and Rabbit. In addition to serving as board observer of those and other startups Bessemer invests in, she also remains involved with its older investments in Pinterest, Collective Medical Technologies and Wikia. She has served to date 10,000 hours in the business of venture capital. She credits that work ethic to getting her to this point.
“One lesson that’s been reinforced throughout my time investing in early-stage companies is this: hustle builds trust—with my colleagues and with the founders I am fortunate to work with, said Goldberg, in a blog post by Bessemer announcing her promotion. “Every day I see how founders put it all on the line for their teams, products, and customers. I want them to know that I’ll show up and do the same.”
She adds her time in the business has taught her how to determine a bona-fide opportunity from a flash in the pan gamble.
“Most things that seem insane are totally insane,” she said. “But every year, one of those crazy ideas becomes one of the most valuable and important businesses. It’s impossible to predict the future, so I’m always pushing myself to stay open to new possibilities and to do deep, thematic research in emerging areas.”
The University of Pennsylvania grad had a background in working for startups and helping new startups get funding. She then joined Bessemer as an analyst in a program that cultivates the next generation of investors.
Goldberg’s rise through the ranks at Bessmer got the attention of industry analysts. In 2018, she was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in the venture capital field. She’s also helping a new generation of female VCs and entrepreneurs shine through her association with Parity Partners.
Goldberg wants investors to see her as a partner in the success of their startups as well as a problem solver.
“There’s never one way to fix a problem, so I try to provide perspective, options, and expectations,” said Goldberg. “As long as investors and founders value intellectual honesty and the trust they’ve built together, they can rely on one another to solve these complex puzzles together.”
Photo: Talia Goldberg. Image credit: Bessemer Venture Partners