I am thrilled to share that I am joining the team at TCG, The Chernin Group, to focus on the firm’s investments at the intersection of consumer and crypto. I’ll be working closely with Jarrod Dicker, Jake Smilovitz, Jonathan Moore, and the rest of the TCG team to support founders building in web3 at the earliest stages.
I have always been deeply curious about the different ways we interact with technology. This informed my decision to study Symbolic Systems — a combination of philosophy, psychology, and computer science — at Stanford, and it led to my finding a voice as a consumer investor at both Chapter One and Bessemer Venture Partners. Over the past couple years, I’ve written extensively about ideas surrounding consumer technology and digital culture: specifically, I’ve spent time thinking about curation, decentralized communities, and this concept of modern friends.
Much of the reason I spent so much time thinking about these ideas is because they affected me — like many of you — so personally. I got my first job in venture through a tweet, and many of my closest friends today were originally just online friends through group chats and Zoom calls. I finally began to understand why people called the Internet the great equalizer.
“If the use of virtual communities turns out to answer a deep and compelling need in people… today’s small online enclaves may grow into much larger networks over the next twenty years.”
— Howard Rheingold, A Slice of Life in My Virtual Community (1992)
Crypto moves really quickly, and it can be hard to keep up. I’m open-sourcing my web3 reading list for those who would like to to follow along:
If you have any recommendations, please feel free to tweet me: @gaby_goldberg
In the metaverse, when we look in the mirror, who do we see?
La Grenouillere by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
cūrāre: to attend to, to take care of.
Last year, I published the piece Curators are the New Creators, arguing in favor of a business model centered around “good taste.” This piece expands upon that previous work by putting a magnifying glass on the relationship between curation and commerce. I’m grateful and excited to be writing it with Jesse Lee of Basic.Space, who’s helped to illuminate the unique relationship between goods and tastemakers.