Born in the Netherlands to two entrepreneurs, I grew up within my parents’ travel start-up. In my teens, I spent the summer peeling tulip bulbs with my friends at the local farm and, having first tried it at age 8, became an avid sailor.
In 2011, sailing (and tulips) were abandoned to study International Business instead. Putting theory into practice, I set up a non-profit NGO together with a friend, which shut down after 2 years due to difficulties in further scaling our operations. Switching gears, I then pursued a degree in Finance and Private Equity in London, where I was recruited out of the classroom.
In 2015, I started working at Columbia Lake Partners, a new venture debt fund. Here, I screened SaaS companies after raising the first institutional money and exercised my love for numbers in financial analyses and tailoring debt structures for new portfolio companies. I was introduced to multiple Notion portfolio companies during these years which led to a co-investment in Brightpearl and deep admiration for the operational expertise of the Notion team.
In 2018, Notion adopted me into their community of hard-working and fun colleagues. Here, my role is to find disruptive tech companies in the UK, Ireland, Benelux and DACH regions across B2B verticals. In addition, I am closely tracking developments in InsurTech, HealthTech (software) and Industry 4.0.
Being a strong believer in continuous learning, in the future, my aim is to turn into a reputable VC (who doesn’t dream of that!), become a CFA Charterholder, turn into a basic programmer (Python), achieve a degree in Theoretical Mathematics and be fully operational with my side hustle (in stealth mode) … stay tuned.