Meet First Round’s Newest Partner: Cristina Cordova, a Seasoned Company Builder From Stripe & Notion

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  • Her experience with the nuts and bolts of company building: At her core, Cristina is an operator with deep early-stage roots, which we firmly believe makes for the best investors. She has always gravitated towards the 0 to 1 opportunities, even in the context of working at one of tech’s biggest companies. Whether you’re making your first ops hire and crafting your initial product marketing strategy, or spinning up a new business unit and wrestling with how to re-org, Cristina has been in your shoes recently. No matter if you need a sounding board as you iterate toward product/market fit, help “with the business side of things,” or support as you manage through hypergrowth, she’ll always have incredibly tactical advice.
  • The way she bridges the technical and the business:Cristina is a rare breed who is respected by engineers and can also talk to business folks. She is extremely good at understanding something technical and then translating that knowledge into something that someone non-technical can understand.” This comment from one of her former colleagues when we were doing references says it all.
  • Her relentless drive: As we wrote in our Partner JD, we were looking for “someone with a competitive streak and intense work ethic.” Cristina has that quality in spades. She’s cemented a reputation as one of the hardest working and most impactful operators out there. Time and time again, we heard feedback along these lines: “She is one of those most productive people I’ve ever worked with. She is relentless and has an intense desire to win.”
  • Her commitment to making the ecosystem better: We were perhaps struck most by this piece of feedback from her references: “At her core, she’s a very, very good and kind person.” Examples like how she routinely offers free chats with people who are early in their careers stand out to us here. Cristina’s default is to generously share what she’s learned, whether it’s offering advice on how to get started with angel investing or dropping pearls of partnership wisdom on an early episode of our podcast. Given our aim to open-source company building knowledge on The Review, and increase development opportunities through programs like Fast Track, we know she’ll fit right in on the First Round team.



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