We have all come to rely on Wikipedia as a dependable resource. Unfortunately there are some issues. Wikipedia’s “arbitrary notability threshold,” where pages are deleted for not being notable enough is one. Tech Crunch brought this news to us in their article, “Golden unveils a Wikipedia alternative focused on emerging tech and startups.”

Jude Gomila, founder of Heyzap (recently sold to RNTS Media) is taking on the challenge of building a knowledge base that can fill in Wikipedia’s blind spots, particularly when it comes to emerging technologies and startups. Golden was recently launched and it’s already full of content, not to mention it has already raised $5 million from investors.

According to Gomila, “We live in an age of extreme niches, an age when validation and completeness is more important than notability. Our encyclopedia on Golden doesn’t have limited shelf space — we eventually want to map everything that exists. Special relativity was not notable to the general public the moment Einstein released his seminal paper, but certainly was later on — could this have been the kind of topic to be removed from the world’s canon if it was discovered today?”

Melody K. Smith

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