Golden

Mapping all human knowledge

#1 Product of the WeekMay 01, 2019
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The next place for canonical knowledge on the Internet that will eventually cover 10bn+ topics. Golden, among other features, has a WYSIWYG AI assisted editor that accelerates the process of extracting information, applying citations, filling tables and more.
Reviews
  • Jack Smith
    Jack SmithSerial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
    Pros: 

    + Don't need to deal with bureaucratic rules/politics like on Wikipedia + I like the easy to use editor + AI editor has early promise

    Cons: 

    - I don't understand how the leader-board algorithm works - Some bugs - Some parts of the site are confusing

    I've been a user of Golden since August 2017 and have contributed towards hundreds of topics.

    As someone who's previously TRIED to spend time contributing to Wikipedia, I can say that they really make it hard for a layman user. The editor is confusing and can require you to use "Wikitext" markup language to achieve what you want, I also ran into bureaucracy in the way of random rules and politics, all whilst just trying to be helfpul. I'd spend hours writing a topic on Wikipedia only to have it deleted for some random reason that I didn't fully understand. Golden addresses a lot of these concerns, it's a purely WYSIWYG editing interface with no coding needed; I was also able to submit content without much by way of random rules. That said, I did find the difference between "clusters", "topics" and "categories" to be confusing - I still don't think that I fully get that part.

    The AI editor is pretty raw in terms of its functionality, but it's clear to see its early promise - it can pull in content from other websites and format it all for you etc. very cool and saves a huge amoutn of time.

    As a user of the site right since its very early inception, I have sometimes come across bugs (e.g. posts getting lost in my drafts folder), but the team has addressed these very fast when I've reached out, many times within a few hours.

    I look forward to continue contributing to Golden, I find it very fun in a way that I had wished Wikipedia would be when I first started trying to contribute there.

    Jack Smith has used this product for one year.
  • Konrad Musial
    Konrad MusialSerial Bootstrapper
    Pros: 

    Organized knowledge

    Cons: 

    Busy, gadgety, gimmicky, unclear, "unfree", unintuitive, unnecessary.

    Not sure why would anyone come up with one more idea for one more way of organizing knowledge that isn't intuitive, or needed for that matter. Humans have already shown that all they need is a clean & simple search engine, not a busy cluster of things to navigate through. It actually reminds me the old AOL and Yahoo, which couldn't succeed for variety of reasons, and aren't used anymore.

    Konrad Musial has used this product for one day.
Discussion
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Jude Gomila
Jude GomilaMakerPro@judegomila · Founder, Golden.com
Jude CEO and Founder of Golden here. Super excited to take this live. We are out to build the next place for canonical knowledge on the Internet. It has been a long-term mission for me to open up the knowledge coverage of billions of niche topics, companies, technologies and new concepts. Our aim is to cover in excess of 10bn topics in high detail over time. Although we all love Wikipedia, there have been various issues in the last 18 years, from constant deletion of data (product hunt was almost removed a few months back) to fact validation and automation of processes/work and UI/ease of user. We also believe there are many more features that users want, like a knowledge feed, keyboard commands, AI assisted feedback on editor contributions and tables that can automatically update. We have set out to: 1. Cover all topics that exist over time rather than just ‘notable’ topics. 2. Go into greater depth around a topic, from its timeline to videos and other useful resources surrounding the topic (eg learning videos, further reading, blog posts, Q&A, podcasts etc). 3. Support a larger population of people trying to learn about topics. 4. Make knowledge more accessible, richer and fun to read about. 5. Allow you to track topics of interest and be updated when new information is available on the subject. 6. Save time making the knowledge in the first place by using design, UI and AI to aid construction of the information. Especially by automating repetitive tasks and bring smart editor features. Initially we have kicked off with various areas from ‘cell and plant based meat’ to synthetic biology to cryptocurrency consensus mechanisms to artificial intelligence, microbiome, stem cell technology and startup topics. We expect these areas to increase in scope over time covering space, medical food, clean technology, robotics and many more exciting fields. We are still early on our journey to delivering our vision and very much looking forward to product feedback and help with building up the content. Our team is hard at work making the product easier to use, we are up for taking every flow to its simplest form and removing every bug. If there is a feature you have been dying for on Wikipedia but could not get it, please also let us know. We look forward to seeing you in our community and covering topics especially under represented elsewhere. You can find out more about what are making in this blog post here: https://golden.com/blog/introduc...
Romain Sourdiaux
Romain Sourdiaux@imromains · 🍋
@judegomila is it a non profit? How can you be impartial with VCs behind you? How do you make money? Is the content open source? I like the idea, but don't see the point at all... There are problems with wikipedia for sure, maybe give wikipedia your 5 million dollars funding to help them instead?
Jude Gomila
Jude GomilaMakerPro@judegomila · Founder, Golden.com
@imromains Good questions. The topic pages are put out on CC-4.0-BY-SA ie open for the world. We make money by charging companies to do advanced queries and use our AI tools on their own data. The more correct and neutral we are, the better our product is to both the public and the paying customers. Thus we can be impartial as there is a product and financial incentive to do so. Additionally, by working with companies we believe we will be able to get more information open sourced quicker - just like github does. Giving WP that funding won't solve the issues discussed in the blog post here https://golden.com/blog/introduc...
Brett Hellman
Brett Hellman@bretthellman · ceo@matter • former ceo@hall (acquired)
@judegomila Congrats on the launch. Looking forward to seeing great things!
Kirill Zubovsky
Kirill Zubovsky@kirillzubovsky · Troublemaker. Founder. Dad
@judegomila @imromains Impartial to Golden atm, but most people don't know that Wikimedia, the parent company of Wikipedia, makes $100 million in annual revenue. They don't really need more money from a tiny startup. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi...
Jack Smith
Jack Smith@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@kirillzubovsky does Wikipedia breakdown where that $100mil is earned from? I know Google and Mozilla sometimes donate money etc
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
This is one of the more ambitious startups I've come across. Wikipedia is an amazing resource with deep defensibility. What's been the biggest learning or surprise so far, @judegomila?
Jude Gomila
Jude GomilaMakerPro@judegomila · Founder, Golden.com
@rrhoover Jude from Golden here. Agreed that Wikipedia is one of the best things that has been created so far by humans - I use it all the time. The biggest learning surprise so far was the scale of lack of information compiled out there. When I started digging deeper the cardinality of entities we want to map came out to be approx 10bn which is around 1000x the article count on WP. I just kept running up against pages like this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cr... when it could be like this https://golden.com/wiki/Cryobact... or this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gi... when it could be this https://golden.com/wiki/Ginkgo_B... Too many topics were being deleted or not being covered fast enough or in enough depth. In terms of non product learning, building a company the second time around was just as hard as the first time round. The first time around the naivety is actually useful in that you take high risk, the second time around you have a couple of scars that make you want to feel more risk adverse. Building products that people use daily is a very very hard thing to do. Another major learning part is, your team is everything, so hire the best (which doesn't mean most experienced necessarily but more so motivated by the mission and faster learners).
Vladimir Prelovac
Vladimir Prelovac@freediver · Entrepreneur
@rrhoover @judegomila But also this https://golden.com/wiki/China when it could be this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China How do you plan to solve the problem of scale? Wikipedia has millions of contributors motivated by it's non-profit nature. How do you expect to get 1000x more contributions in while keeping profits for yourself?
Jack Smith
Jack Smith@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@rrhoover @judegomila @freediver "Wikipedia has millions of contributors motivated by it's non-profit nature" - that said, some moderators do take advantage of it with a behind the scenes black market economy (which I'd be interested to learn the size of), see: https://t.co/l6VJbgDT6H
Jude Gomila
Jude GomilaMakerPro@judegomila · Founder, Golden.com
@rrhoover @freediver Jude from Golden here. I think the motivation is more around openness of the topic pages and Golden is running on CC4.0 which is the important part of the core motivation - to get everyone access to the pages and knowledge. I don't expect to get 1000x more contributions, we are writing software for leverage so that 1 unit of time spent on Golden can produce 100-1000x more. There are some tasks as well that can be fully automated, over time we see this automation increasing. Additionally, we actually have been reinvesting the $$ into building a better product and collecting more information to open source. Github has done a great job in allowing company $$ to be reinvested back into the product so that more code can be open sourced ultimately. To solve the problem of scale we wrote up a blog post above to describe how we will automate and semi automate much of the process.
Nick Oneill
Nick Oneill@nicholasoneill1
Wikipedia is a non-profit which has democratized knowledge for millions of people - why would you want to compete with that?
Nick Sarro
Nick Sarro@downeastcakes · Nick Sarro
@nicholasoneill1 If no one competed with each other just because an idea already existed the world would still be in the stone-ages. Wikipedia could be the next "Myspace"
Jude Gomila
Jude GomilaMakerPro@judegomila · Founder, Golden.com
@nicholasoneill1 Hi Nick, Jude from Golden here. Keen to supplement rather than purely compete. There is a 1000x content gap we want to fill and we are covering 'entities' rather than 'articles'. In this blog post I outline why, I'd love to get your feedback on it - https://golden.com/blog/introduc... Also to Nick Sarro's point below it surely can't be the end to building systems/products around knowledge, we have to test new products and models.
Jack Smith
Jack Smith@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@nicholasoneill1 wikipedia has massive gaps in knowledge and prominent posts there get deleted for BS reasons due to politics between moderators
Chuck Kahn
Chuck Kahn@chuckkahn · Assistant Editor, Freelance
@nicholasoneill1 @_jacksmith MediaWiki can be used by anyone wanting to fill those gaps and avoid WikiPedia editors.
Jack Smith
Jack Smith@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@chuckkahn but that doesn't have the same domain authority as wikipedia from what I understand?
Chris Germano
Chris Germano@chris_germano · Software Developer and Game Designer
As long as a service like this is run by for-profit .com I have no interest in leaving Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation. They have been an invaluable source of knowledge for the better part of my life, and I know where my donations are going and what they support. I think the pitch behind Golden is making mountains out of molehills when regarding the current Wikipedia UX or lack of features, and while I wish you luck and success, I do not see myself using Golden for the aforementioned reasons.
Jude Gomila
Jude GomilaMakerPro@judegomila · Founder, Golden.com
@chris_germano Jude from Golden here. I agree that WP is invaluable and absolutely amazing, however, there is a 1000x content gap, lack of automation, insufficient schema , insufficient UX for non power users and features that are missing. In the blog post I go into this in more detail and would love more feedback on it from you directly. I think wikipedia will always exist, grow and their articles are immensely useful. I see this as being complementary (ie we focus on entities and they have more of an article model). Already today we are cross linked to each other on various articles. More knowledge the better. We also have the topic pages out on CC-4.0-BY-SA which gets around this for profit issue. WP too has to make money from somewhere to support itself, one could argue the donations model has more risk to bias than having companies pay for extremely accurate information (see the political systems :>).
Chris Germano
Chris Germano@chris_germano · Software Developer and Game Designer
@judegomila Thank you for the direct and thoughtful response. In all honestly I cannot look into anything for the rest of the day due to work, but I will look into what you mentioned this evening. I just wanted to acknowledge your response in a timely manner to note my appreciation and recognition.
Kirill Zubovsky
Kirill Zubovsky@kirillzubovsky · Troublemaker. Founder. Dad
@chris_germano Out of curiosity, and I am not at all affiliated with Golden, but do you use Google? They've gotten into a habit of showing snipers from Wikipedia which are often enough information to keep the user on Google and never send them off to W pages. They are for-profit. Golden could become the search engine for knowledge and then send users to Wikipedia for articles that are better described there. A search engine for knowledge, that would be nice.
Jude Gomila
Jude GomilaMakerPro@judegomila · Founder, Golden.com
@chris_germano @kirillzubovsky We are very happy to link over to amazing wikipedia articles.
Sidney Zhang
Sidney Zhang@sidazhang · Uber
1. The reviews all look like shills (friends of the founders). Golden basically has little to no content compares to wikipedia. (Tried a few topics, all have no articles). I don't understand how you are getting such glowing reviews on product hunt 2. This is ambitious. How are you going to make sure that this is going to turn out differently from Microsoft Encarta. Why would millions of contributors contribute to you and help you make money? 3. You have very little content. How do you plan to bootstrap your content? Do you plan to focus on a particular set of topics first? I randomly tried a couple of things, no articles: https://golden.com/wiki/Depth-fi... https://golden.com/wiki/Maximum_... https://golden.com/wiki/Ordinary... 4. I don't understand why everyone is so hyped about your UI. Sure, it looks fancier and maybe it's better for getting those VC dollars. This is pretty slow considering how little you are doing. Wikipedia is extremely fast and loads fast in basically every browser. The UI is also definitely not more usable than Wikipedia, let's compare the 2 https://golden.com/wiki/Ethereum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et... The golden UI is prettier at a glance, maybe. But the wikipedia UI is just more functional. The font color of golden is softer and has less contrast. the lack of divider makes it harder to realize that you are going across sections
Jack Smith
Jack Smith@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@sidazhang I don't know about the reviews, the ones that I read seem to be related to the functionality of the editor vs the density of content listed. I think that you'd be having a very high bar in order to expect a brand new product to have as much content that could even come close to comparing to Wikipedia, which has been around for decades. It's like when Uber launched - of course it's coverage couldn't compare to taxi services around the world, it only started in san francisco, so you could only find a car in SF. Similarly here, Golden is focusing on only certain topics, e.g. clean meat and stuff listed on their homepage, for which they have a wider degree of coverage than Wikipedia. From those beachheads they can expand. RE #4: "This is pretty slow considering how little you are doing" do you mean that the editor loads slowly, or the actual site topics?
Jude Gomila
Jude GomilaMakerPro@judegomila · Founder, Golden.com
@sidazhang Jude here from Golden. Thanks for caring and giving feedback. 1. I have not asked for reviews from my friends, but yes, some of them have given them. I am mostly interested to hear what product hunt core users think tbh. That is the value here to us to improve our product based on what you say. 2. We are opening the knowledge up on CC4.0 for the world. We are investing revenue from the tools we are making (not just with data) but the actual functions of the AI as well on private information and reinvesting this back into making more public data. The aim here is to build the largest open knowledge store and use company $$ to also accelerate this mission. Github has done well here, getting code more open sourced and charging companies for the functionality, reinvesting those $$ into a better product to get more things open sourced. 3. The content speed of production is increasing, new communities and products have to start somewhere. We have a lot of structured data and new articles are being built at ever increasing rates. We have focused in on various areas including biology, microbiome, blockchain and crypto, startups, AI technology, stem cell research and other very interesting areas. We won't yet everything but we will get there eventually. Have you tried the explore page and checking out the clusters we have been working on? 4. In terms of optimizations of speed, was the read or the getting into the editor slow for you? We have many moves to speed this up and make this the fastest experience here. Which country were you testing it from?