Interview with Ivan Zhao, co-founder and CEO of Notion

"In the seventies, computing pioneers thought about software as a medium that everybody could modify and use to create their own tools. That never happened. So, for us internally, we really want to realize that vision. We want to make Notion so powerful that everyone can make their own software."

Ivan Zhao is the co-founder and CEO of Notion, the all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases. Entrepreneurs rave about it, VCs chase after it, and we simply cannot stop hearing about it.

Notion bundles multiple use cases into one tool and helps teams cut down on their number of applications used. For many users, Notion sparks inner joy — it appeals to the Marie Kondo in all of us, helping us clear out the clutter and organize efficient workflows.

On top of being a product that people love to use, Notion is also a company that entrepreneurs admire, especially in the SaaS space. At the beginning of COVID, it hit a $2 billion valuation after raising a $50 million round — with a relatively small team of 40 people. Notion’s approach to company-building has since been distinguished with two main elements: its lean team and its conscientious attitude towards VC funding.

In this episode, we learn more about the Notion journey — where it comes from and where it’s going — with its founder, Ivan Zhao.

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Produced by

Cindy Yang
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Hosted by

Roxanne Varza
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