Can you tell us a little about your background and journey to HubSpot?
I joined HubSpot more than six years ago in our support team. I have to say it's been a really fun time so far, I moved teams almost every year because I was always eager to take new opportunities. In these six years, I’ve worked in support, a bit of sales, employee onboarding, and product. Now I've been in product for three years and while it was quite a jump from my previous role, this is a great team to be in. I love the flexibility, the challenges, and the trust we are given to create new experiences for our end users.
What work option did you pick and why?
I'm a flex employee because I enjoy the freedom of being able to adapt my working environment to my week and what is coming up. I go to the office a couple of times a week because I love socializing with colleagues and being in person to discuss or grab a coffee. Meeting new colleagues is also always a plus!
What is your #HubSpot Community?
I'm very proud of the work HubSpot does around community and belonging. Every month there is a new topic and material we can use with my team to discuss and open our minds to new concepts/issues we are not aware of. I'm particularly proud of all the work that has been done around LGBTQ+ as I see it in how teams discuss and are open to discussing these topics and issues.
When is the last time you left your professional and/or personal comfort zone?
In my role as a product manager, I feel like every other week makes me leave my comfort zone. There is always something unplanned, and unaligned that needs to be resolved to move the projects forward. Most of it requires talking, learning, and acting on new topics/teams I'm not familiar with. In my personal life, I recently started Salsa classes, and I must say doing so in a class where I knew no one and didn’t speak the language was a good challenge!
Describe a typical day in your role.
My days never look the same, it really depends on the projects and project stages we are in. But most days I start around 9 am (at home or in our Berlin office depending on my mood), get my email and Slack messages cleaned up and read the few important things I need to catch up on. Then I check my to-do list to see what's the most pressing thing, and I get that done. I usually work on memos, documenting our work, data analysis, brainstorming with our designer, presenting projects, and planning my team's work for the next weeks or quarter. A lot of context-switching sometimes! I finish my days around 6 pm and then go out with friends or go do some yoga.
Tell us about a challenge you're working to solve right now.
My team is focused on product-led onboarding. So we want to make sure our free product is easily adoptable by new users. Right now, we are deep into getting new ideas on how we can make the CRM easier to set up and get started with. It can be tricky because our CRM has a lot to offer but for our free users sometimes it's too much to digest. I'm quite excited to see what we come up with and get done in the next months.
If you could go back to the beginning of your career and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be? Don't be afraid to share your ideas but in a structured way. Being good at pitching changes and new ideas is key to getting buy-in from others so you can work on what you really care about.
Outside of HubSpot, what do you like to do in your free time? Yoga is a big one, but I also enjoy going to the lakes outside Berlin and paddle boarding. In the winter, going to the movies is a must, but I also like just hanging out in my apartment with some good music and a book.
What's something that nobody would know about you? I have lived in six countries (France, Russia, USA, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany) and while I am French, I have not lived in France for the last 10 years.