f you’re one of the 26 million people worldwide using Depop, then you’re already a fan of Maria Raga’s work – whether or not you know her name.
In her five years as CEO, Maria has helped the Gen-Z peer-to-peer social shopping app and community grow to 300+ employees in five offices worldwide, and has raised close to $100M in funding for the app. And if her appearance on the 2021 TIME100 Next list is anything to go by, Maria’s influence extends far beyond the tech sector.
Read on for her thoughts on taking career risks, putting ego aside as a leader and why fundraising is ultimately about people.
On knowing when an opportunity is worth the risk
Joining a startup can feel very risky – particularly when, like Maria, you’re coming from a more traditional corporate world. How did she know to take the leap? “It is so important to trust your instincts”, she says. “When I joined Groupon, my interview was on Friday and they asked me to move to Paris on the coming Monday! On paper it sounded crazy but I could sense the business had huge potential.” It’s also vital to look at who is running the show. “If you believe in the people in charge, that makes a huge difference.”