Growing up in a small town in the heart of Bavaria, my road to Notion was not a straight line. In fact, it was as curvy as the road from my town to the Alps:
At first it is rural, vast and flat, so flat that you can always see the horizon at your eye level: My early life was consumed by my passions for marathon running, piano playing – and Oktoberfest every fall.
In the foothills, the road transforms and creates new perspectives: My curiosity for the world took me around the globe – I worked in Barcelona, Washington D.C. and Shanghai. I took up every opportunity to test the boundaries of my adrenaline levels by skydiving in Hawaii and chasing waterfalls in Laos. And I found food for thought in the SdW and Honors scholarship programmes.
Once in the Alps, the grade steepens and you experience new heights: I moved to London in 2014 for a MSc in Finance at the LSE, planning to stay for a year but never leaving. Working in Investment Banking for four years taught me structure, diligence and self-discipline. It also allowed me to dive into a variety of sectors, to solve complex challenges and to observe the anatomy of successful companies. In 2019, I worked with one of the fastest-growing tech scale-ups in the UK – which made me fall in love with earlier-stage software companies and unlocked my door to investing.
Joining Notion is reaching a peak for me. I can’t describe the amount of energy I take from listening to founders that are able to climb the most difficult mountains while making it all look natural and effortless. I love dissecting the competitive landscapes that founders are disrupting. I love listening to their stories and how they got to where they are today. And I love seeing founders succeed and reach ever new heights. I am obsessed with connecting people in the ecosystem that I believe could form great teams. And I feel incredibly blessed to be able to watch, listen and learn from the experienced climbers around me. Being part of Notion is my source of motivation to climb a new mountain every day.