Interview with Notejoy founder Sachin Rekhi

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Sachin Rekhi, Founder

Sachin Rekhi is the Founder & CEO of Notejoy, a collaborative notes app for individuals and teams. Before founding Notejoy, Sachin started Connected, a contact management app which was eventually acquired by LinkedIn. At LinkedIn, he built the LinkedIn Sales Navigator business, which grew to over $200M in revenue and 500 people during his tenure.

Sachin studied Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Finance and The Wharton School and grew up in Rochester, NY before making his way out to Silicon Valley.

1. What is Notejoy?

Notejoy is a collaborative notes app for individuals and teams. It’s like Apple Notes or Evernote, but we make it really easy to share those notes with your team. It’s designed to make modern companies far more productive than using traditional collaboration tools like Google Docs or Microsoft Office.

2. How did you come up with the idea of Notejoy?

I previously co-led the LinkedIn Sales Navigator business, growing it to over 500 people. As part of my role, I spent a lot of my time thinking about how do I make the 500 people in our organization as productive as possible. I realized that the collaboration tools we used on a daily basis just weren’t that productive and most of our company’s knowledge never made it to a Google Doc or wiki page. That inspired me to come up with the idea of Notejoy to solve the very problems our team was facing every day.

3. What obstacles did you have to overcome to get to where you are today?

Building a startup is a roller coaster ride. There are days that you feel at the top of the world because you got a bunch of new customers or a great customer endorsement. But there are equally days where you wonder whether the startup is going to really work or whether you’ll be forced to give up your dream. Learning to navigate that emotional roller coaster is half the battle of being a great entrepreneur. I’ve found the best way to stay grounded is to remind myself of the successes and happy customers we’ve had to date. I keep a list of them so I can always look back at customer quotes on why they love what we are doing to cheer me up when the days are tough.

4. What makes you different from your competitors?

Compared to traditional note-taking apps like Apple Notes, Google Keep, Evernote, and Microsoft OneNote, we have built by far the best collaboration experience. Multiple people can edit notes in real-time. You can easily @mention people to bring them into the conversation. We’ve brought the best of social features to the note-taking space.

5. What advice would you give to young budding entrepreneurs?

The best ideas come from the personal and professional experiences you have. So any time you are frustrated by something at work or in your personal life, write it down. It might just be the beginning of the next great startup idea!

We would like to thank Sachin for speaking with us.

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