I first encountered Notion in 2015 when I was interviewed by Chris Tottman to be an Investment Intern during my MBA. In all honesty, I wasn’t sure VC was for me. Coming from a background of engineering, then marketing in startups, and co-founding my own startup, I was wary of being an observer of businesses rather than an operator and was concerned about the attitudes that are often associated with the power status of investors.
My time at Notion in 2015 was a great learning experience. I gained an understanding of what great investments look like, and the man-hours and horsepower it takes to be a great investor, but also because my perception of VC’s being ‘hands off’ and all-powerful was proven to be entirely wrong. The Notion team really do walk the walk, going above and beyond to support their founders and add value where they can.
Fast forward to 2017 when the opportunity to return to Notion came up. I jumped at it (perhaps too aggressively… as Chrys mentioned to me afterwards ‘Did you seriously email three of the partners with exactly the same email at exactly the same time, asking about this role?’. Hmm, yes I did.)!
Head of Talent at Notion is a challenge and a change for me – I’ve never worked in recruitment or HR before but to be honest I think that’s a benefit. I’ve built teams from within businesses, so I understand the challenges of making great hires and I’m building on my understanding of the impact that insanely great people can make. Being able to work with our founders and building out their networks of exceptional people, whilst being backed by the Notion team, is a very lucky and privileged position for me to be in.