Notion (productivity software)

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Developer(s)Notion Labs Inc.
Initial release2016
Stable release
Operating system
PlatformWeb, macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
TypeNote-taking,Wiki(Knowledge management software,Collaborative software)
LicenseProprietary software, Freemium

Notion is a note-taking software platform designed to help members of companies or organizations manage their knowledge for greater efficiency and productivity.


Notion Labs Inc is a startup based in San Francisco, founded in 2013 by Ivan Zhao, Chris Prucha, Jessica Lam, Simon Last and Toby Schachman.[1] At that time, they declined to meet any venture capitalists or discuss acquiring a higher valuation.[2]

In March of 2018, Notion 2.0 was released. It was positively received by Product Hunt and rated #1 Product of the Month.[3] At that point, the company had fewer than 10 employees.[4]

In June of 2018, an official Android app was released.[5]

In September of 2019, the company announced it had reached 1 million users.[6] In April 2020, it became valued at two billion dollars.[7]

In January 2020, Notion received $50 million in investments from Index Ventures and other investors.[6]

On September 7, 2021, Notion acquired, a Hyderabad-based startup.[8] In October of that year, a new round of funding led by Coatue Management and Sequoia Capital helped Notion raise $275 million. The investment valued Notion at $10 billion, and the company had 20 million users.[9]

In 2022, Notion launched the Notion Certified Program, an official accreditation allowing users to expand their expertise.[10][11] It also joined the Security First Initiative, a coalition of tech companies pledging to proactively share security information with their customers.[12]

In June 2022, Notion acquired calendar software Cron to add it to its suite of productivity apps.[13]

In November 2022, Notion announced its official Japanese release.[14]


Notion is a collaboration platform with modified Markdown support that integrates kanban boards, tasks, wikis and databases. It is an all-in-one workspace for notetaking, knowledge and data management, and project and task management.[15] It is a file management tool offering a unified workspace, allowing users to comment on ongoing projects, participate in discussions, and receive feedback. It can be accessed by cross-platform apps and by most web browsers.[16]

It includes a tool for "clipping" content from webpages.[17] It helps users schedule tasks, manage files, save documents, set reminders, keep agendas, and organize their work. LaTeX support allows writing and pasting equations in block or inline form.[18] Users can also embed online content in their Notion pages using, with real-time notes added to embedded video playing in PiP mode.[citation needed]


Notion has a four-tiered subscription model: Free, Personal, Team and Enterprise. Users can also earn credit via referrals. Users are not charged if they have a remaining balance in their accounts.[citation needed] An academic email address allows a free Personal plan. As of May 2020, the company upgraded the Personal plan to allow unlimited blocks, a change from the previous cap in the plan.[19]

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  1. ^ "Notion Labs, Inc. Company Profile: Financials, Valuation, and Growth". PrivCo. Retrieved 2022-07-21.
  2. ^ Bastone, Nick. "This enterprise software startup has VCs literally knocking on its doors to invest, but for now, it's not interested". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  3. ^ "Notion 2.0 - The all-in-one workspace - notes, tasks, wikis, & databases". Product Hunt. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  4. ^ Shah, Hiten (2019-05-28). "How Ivan Zhao's Notion Is Going After Atlassian and Why It Just Might Win". FYI. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  5. ^ "Notion brings its powerful note-taking app to Android". The Verge. 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b Griffith, Erin (2020-04-01). "Notion, Maker of Collaboration Software, Raises $50 Million". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-08.
  7. ^ "레고블록처럼 사용하는 생산성 앱 '노션' 한국어 버전 정식 출시" [Full release of productivity app 'Notion' in Korean]. 테크M (in Korean). 2020-08-11. Retrieved 2021-05-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Notion acquires India's in push to accelerate product expansion". Techcrunch. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  9. ^ Konrad, Alex. "Notion Reaches $10 Billion Valuation, Boosted By Remote Work — And TikTok". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  10. ^ Lawrence, Lizzy (2022-03-02). "Notion wants to mobilize your Notion-obsessed employees". Protocol. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  11. ^ Finnegan, Matthew (2022-03-04). "Coda and Notion turn up the heat on Microsoft Office". Computerworld. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  12. ^ Release, Press (2022-03-08). "Utah-based Whistic leads out in new security-first initiative consortium". Utah Business. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  13. ^ Lawrence, Lizzy (2022-06-09). "Notion acquires calendar app Cron". Protocol.
  14. ^ "Notion「日本語正式版」になる". 2022-11-10. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  15. ^ "Notion goes where Evernote dares not: what you need to know". Android Community. 8 June 2018.
  16. ^ Raphael, J. R. (2021-10-27). "3 fantastic ways Notion can make you more efficient". Computerworld. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  17. ^ Newton, Casey (2019-03-06). "Notion's new web clipper makes it a powerful competitor to Evernote". The Verge. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  18. ^ Lee, Joel (2019-02-05). "The 7 Best Note-Taking Apps for Programmers and Coders". MUO. Retrieved 2022-10-27.
  19. ^ Newton, Casey (2020-05-19). "Notion just removed the biggest limit on its free plan". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-11-07.

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