Megan Stinson

Marketing & Communications

What is your favorite part about working with portfolio companies/entrepreneurs?
I love learning about so many nascent industries and meeting people who are building companies that will fundamentally reshape the way we work and live.

How do you view your role with portfolio companies?
I really enjoy the early days of company building. I get excited about helping executives and teams craft their story, home in on their key messages, develop strong narratives, and build incredible, mission-driven businesses.

How did your family shape your views on work?
I come from a large family, and my parents have always worked extremely hard to ensure my siblings and I were able to receive a great education. Their message was always pretty simple: Be humble, work hard, figure out what you enjoy doing, and treat everyone how you want to be treated.

Favorite quote or saying?
I rowed crew in college and before every erg test, I used to say to myself, “Let’s kick the tires and light the fires.” This is not a famous quote. Instead, its from one of Will Smith’s earliest alien flicks, Independence Day. A less cringeworthy favorite would be:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.”
— Mark Twain

First concert you went to / band you saw live?
I saw a lot of Backstreet Boys concerts in middle school and high school. According to much of the photographic evidence, I also wore a lot of overalls.

What is your favorite hobby/outside of venture, how do you spend your time?
Playing squash, jogging, and swimming outdoors.

Meditation or yoga?
I meditate for 10 minutes most days.

What is your favorite book / who is your favorite author?
I loved Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese.

People are often surprised to hear that I …
Am still not fluent in Spanish after hearing how often I talk about taking Spanish lessons!

If you could play a sport with anyone, who would it be?
I would definitely play doubles with Serena Williams or Horse with Scottie Pippen.

What is the best trip you’ve taken and why?
After setting a goal to visit 30 countries by my 30th birthday—and due to a miscalculation, missing it by one—I celebrated Megtober one October and visited Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, and also Hawaii. It was an epic and highly caloric month.