I think it is a platitude that learning to code gives you agency over computers and lets you solve problems in your life, and it's not actually that true
— Omar Rizwan - https://twitter.com/rsnous/status/1269736402578632704
the notion backstory is that it tried to be a "programming for everyone" product, that failed (for tech + market reasons), and the successful product is the result of a big scary pivot toward "what the world wanted" https://figma.com/blog/design-on-a-deadline-how-notion-pulled-itself-back-from-the-brink-of-failure/
— Tom MacWright - https://twitter.com/tmcw/status/1213337118199599104
In the first go-round - Notion beta - Ivan and Simon made a programming application that was easy to use even if someone didn't know how to code. It turned out, people weren't interested in that.