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Lindsay Goldman

Chief of Staff

I’m ridiculously excited to be part of the First Round team. If you look at my background on LinkedIn, you might wonder how I got here — my career has been spent in Federal business development and consumer marketing alongside 15 years in competitive cycling. The most interesting thing I’ve done is build a professional cycling team to race in the biggest events in the world — definitely not the traditional path into tech and investing. 

But it’s the mix of these experiences that brought me here. Professional athletes have a lot in common with founders, as both require grit and dedication to succeed, and the art of selling means deeply understanding your market and customers and figuring out how to win both. I hope to spend the rest of my career digging into new business ideas, uncovering insights about markets and customers, and helping tenacious founders overcome challenges on the way to success. It’s a privilege to get to do this with First Round.

As Todd Jackson’s Chief of Staff, I get to explore the ideas founders bring to us, dive deep into the most promising ones, and then help those founders build their companies. Because of my background in marketing, I get particularly excited about early brand-building and understanding customers on the way to product-market fit. 

When I’m not working, I’m riding and racing bikes. While I’ve retired from professional road racing, I’m now a gravel racer taking on a handful of events across the US each year. I’m also really into my husband and daughter, web3, and that first cup of coffee every morning.