Meghan Christenson is Director of Operations at Village Global.
Meghan has spent the last 10 years in various roles in the startup ecosystem.
She started her venture career at 500 Startups, launching the San Francisco accelerator, and eventually the 500Kobe pre-accelerator in Kobe, Japan. After that, she joined Ironclad as their Chief of Staff, where she helped the company scale from their Seed round to their B round. Immediately prior to joining Village Global, Meghan led the Fund Operations team at AngelList, where she managed the distribution process for all AngelList funds and SPVs.
Q&A with Meghan
What’s the common thread that runs through your career?
I excel at building and documenting processes, then iterating on the processes. I have developed a natural talent for asking questions to get to the underlying mechanics and motivations of a given process. Leveraging the knowledge of key individuals has allowed me to develop documentation and make processes scalable throughout my career.
What’s one of your superpowers?
Something that has always been important to me is telling the people who are close to me how much I appreciate them. I always want people to know that their time/effort/friendship are valued, which I see as a superpower because it’s an easy way to be kind to other people and I don’t think many people do it as a regular practice.
A book you commonly gift to people?
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight: Well-written biography about one of the great entrepreneurs of our day on his journey to success. Fun fact: Phil Knight used the same ghostwriter who wrote Open for Andre Agassi and Spare for Prince Harry.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou: An awkward story detailing Elizabeth Holmes’ deception as she conned Silicon Valley - and the general public - into believing the Theranos technology would save the world.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir: A fantastic novel where spiritual connections are made between unlikely characters in the unlikeliest of settings: outer space.
The Whole-Brained Child by Dr. Daniel J Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson: This is a frequent recommendation within the foster care community. Something I learned long ago is that the most important part of raising a child is understanding their brain development.
In your spare time?
I can usually be found working on a large project around my house/yard, camping, boating, playing guitar, or cooking with my wife and two daughters.