This is the first company our founders have built that they don’t want to sell. Many of our tribe members (we call ourselves “tribals”) are also very experienced in startups, some having worked at over 20 of them during their career. Having strong tribals who are familiar with the pace of a startup has allowed us to build out an incredible platform with a very small number of people. We are all very focused, customer- and data-driven, and optimize for velocity whenever possible. We are able to achieve a lot in a short amount of time because we invest in tools that enable us to do more in less time. If you’d like to learn more check out this blog post by our CEO: Play A Computer Like an Instrument.
People are internally, intrinsically motivated. You want to feel like you’re on a team all working towards a common goal and that you don’t want to let your teammates down. There an incredible sense of camaraderie at BuildZoom and we want to continue bringing on people who inspire us and can draw inspiration from us. On paper, our team members are incredibly impressive. Collectively, we have graduates from Ivy League and top 20 schools, MBAs from the best business schools, and years of experience working at large corporations, investment firms, and successful startups. Our expertise is recognized externally as well. For instance, Issi Romem (who we call our Economist in Residence) is frequently quoted and referenced by major publications like the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times. Aside from everyone having a high degree of cognitive ability, we are also a very emotionally intelligent group of people. We put a lot of emphasis on good communication and building relationships, both of which are musts for our future hires. You can read a little more about who we are or if you’d like to meet us, let us know.
As Postmates has grown, we have really attracted some outstanding talent. We come to work proud to work alongside one another and are energized by what each person brings to the table. We have a culture where anyone on the team can surface and drive an idea, and as long as they can show that it’s a high impact item, we support, endorse, and drive it forward. This has made working on the Growth team incredibly stimulating and challenging, but more importantly, it allows individuals to showcase their strengths and exercise their creativity.
Our founder is Moxie Marlinspike and our technology - the Signal Protocol - has been adopted by WhatsApp (the largest messaging platform in the world), Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo. It protects a billion daily active users through WhatsApp alone.
We’re open to hiring people from a wide range of backgrounds. You don’t need any particular expertise in security or encryption. We’re looking for experienced designers and engineers with a passion for delivering simple, elegant and reliable software. Meet some of our current team members here:
Diversity is a key contributor to our team as evidenced by a healthy mix of age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation among our employees. Additionally, many Relay engineers bring deep technical and software experience spanning numerous industries including financial services, healthcare, gaming, logistics and others. Multiple employees have helped to grow teams at previous startups and some members of our leadership team have taken previous companies all the way through successful exits.
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WorkMarket has been around for 7 years and has, especially for a New York-based tech company, kept a low profile. However, we have an incredibly strong and experienced team. (You are free to find us on Github/LinkedIn, and reach out! We have alumni from Google, Spotify, NYTimes, Aol, and many many others.) We focus on diversity and engineers from different ethnic backgrounds, gender and age to promote best thinking coming from different origins.
Our investor and board of directors roster is also impressive, including Fred Wilson of USV (our first investor/board member) and Seth Levine of Foundry Capital (our latest investor/board member). Accenture joined our latest round, and they have been a wonderful rubber stamp on the validity of our mission and have been excellent financial partners in our journey.
Probabilistically, we are going to fail. It’s the hard, but very real, truth here in Silicon Valley. That’s why Alto wouldn’t have even started unless we positioned ourselves -- to the best of our abilities -- for success. Our investors have expertise in this field. Our engineering team has experience growing startups. Collectively, we’ve learned valuable lessons about what works and of course, from our many mistakes in the past, about what doesn’t. (One of which is putting “growing quickly” second to “growing wisely.")
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We have an open culture of sharing and collaboration that encourages learning from one another. Engineers are readily available to help each other in a variety of ways, from our supportive #engineering Slack channel to our platform teams running live support on-call, to lunchtime conversations about an engineer’s latest vim revelation. We have thriving frontend and backend engineering groups with engineers who geek out over things like the finer points of site performance and the differing architectures for a data store. Participation happens at all levels, from our VP of engineering giving a tech talk on the architecture of Pac-Man to our new grads giving presentations to the engineering team about the refactor that they worked on. NerdWallet engineers lift each other up while continually raising the bar for themselves. We believe that we have an obligation to be better tomorrow than we were today.
Our engineering team is split between Kyiv, San Francisco, and New York, and each location is a hub of amazingly talented and dedicated people.
One of our youngest engineers has given 22 talks in five countries over the last three years about various frontend topics. In doing so, he has gradually overcome a childhood habit of stuttering. Other team members have completed Ironman competitions, marathons, and triathlons. One of our engineers is an international algorithm competition winner. And yet others paint, sing, rock-climb, rap, and dance hip-hop. Another one of our engineers is a former lawyer and teaches at Berkeley Law. One of our product managers is publishing a fiction novel, and yet another makes a mean tiramisu. Get to know some of us on GitHub.
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Other companies like to point to names on their board or executive team who came from prominent, public companies as a sign of the caliber of their workforce. We simply invite people to our offices. The caliber of people at Inntopia is exceptionally high. A recent remote hire, after meeting people in person for the first time, took a few minutes on the following company meeting to say how incredibly impressed he was by the concentration of talent in our ranks. Maybe some of us would be household names if we had sacrificed family and lifestyle in a charge to the top of the ladder, but we didn’t. We believe there are more important things and that allows us to gather incredibly talented individuals who feel the same way.
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We expect to be amazed and inspired by every new person. We know from experience that this can happen in many different ways. However, the end result is always the same - the team feels disproportionately stronger with them on it. This is a big reason for why many of us joined Wove. Much of the team is made up of people who have worked together in the past, had extremely positive experiences doing so, and valued these experiences highly enough to follow each other here. Ten out of the 17 members of our current team know at least one other Wover from beyond the company.
This does not stop at our immediate team. We are similarly impressed by our investors, who are industry veterans with a wealth of experience, and frequently lean on them for guidance. We are a well-funded Series A startup that has raised $12mm.
Linda, our VP of Engineering, received her Bachelor’s from Cornell and Master’s from Stanford, and started her career at IBM and Google before gravitating towards smaller startups like Cardspring and Medisas. She’ll impress you with the difficulty grade of her bouldering, the amount of rice pudding she can consume in one sitting, or the number of code reviews she can complete in one night. If nothing else, she can break an apple in half with her bare hands.
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We never hire someone based purely on their CV or accolades; our assessment process is designed to find people who are highly skilled, but also aligned with our values.
Most fashion companies don’t have true technical DNA. We, on the other hand, made this a priority from the very beginning, and it is our technical team that gives Thread a real edge over our competitors:
United by a single passion—to build better products—we were born to fit the current business climate. Our leadership team helped build the products for once-tiny startups that are now ruling the marketplace. At Connected, we’re using that knowledge to help companies focus on product, move fast, and deliver. Without any VC funding to speak of (we’re self-funded), we’ve grown to be over 150 people in under 4 years (doubling every year). Read more about our CEO Mike Stern and our VP of Engineering Damian McCabe. More bios available here.
To give an example, we can highlight Tony the latest person to the developer team. Tony has worked at a few startups before Peergrade, including another YC company. He has contributed to more than 100 open source projects and authored a book on tmux (The Tao of tmux). We believe more in great ambition than in a great CV, and value intelligent people with ideas. If you are really good at what you are doing, why should you come work at Peergrade? We would love to work with you, learn from what you know and help support you in shaping our product, our culture, our vision and our company. You would get a lot of freedom, we will never bug you down with any bureaucratic tasks and we would focus all of our effort on making you as effective as possible.
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Some of us graduated from the top engineering schools such as MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, and Duke. Some of us have a lot of experience working at scrappy startups. Some of us have made significant contributions to the open-source community while others have years of wisdom working in enterprise software. Some of us do volunteer work on the side, such as teaching for Girl Develop It. Despite being a small team, our collective expertise makes for an incredibly exciting work environment. One thing that we all share in common is code quality, which we are able to apply our various backgrounds to improving.
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Working at YC means working with an incredibly smart, knowledgeable, and interesting group of individuals. The ability to learn with and from one another is likely one of the best perks about working at YC. Our partnership has deep expertise starting, growing, and running companies. To name a few, our CEO Michael Seibel was the founder of two YC companies: Justin.tv and Socialcam. Our CFO Kirsty can tell you anything you need to know about financing a company or fundraising. YC’s General Counsel Carolynn invented the SAFE, a convertible investment type that’s become an important part of startup investing. Paul Buchheit is the creator of Gmail. Ali Rowghani, the partner who runs our Continuity fund, was formerly the CFO of Pixar and COO of Twitter. The list goes on. We bring together a diversity of skills and experiences making YC a place where you can find inspiration every day from the people you work with.
Some software engineers at YC are former YC founders, and others have worked at startups before or are interested in starting one of their own one day. All of our current engineers are senior, but we’d gladly hire an engineer early in their career that’s eager to learn and develop their technical and product skills.
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Angazans tend to be quietly impressive. You’d never guess that we’ve built deep sea exploration robots, designed the Tesla UI, helped scale Yahoo 14x, developed the Linux kernel, won juried photography competitions, established Grameen’s Kenya operations, or were named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list.
In fact, typing out that list felt painfully and distinctly non-Angazan, and we’d be just as happy never to do it again. Angazans come from a broad base of backgrounds, but the common theme that binds us is our shared desire to apply our depth of experience towards helping lift people out of poverty. Most Angazans have the ability and privilege to choose from a variety of professional options based on the past efforts we’ve put into our careers, but the only thing you’ll hear us talking about is how we can solve the problems in front of us.
Team members can be found doing things like building a system that handles messaging hundreds of millions of users or building SDKs that deploy to hundreds of millions of devices. Our team is composed of former members of technical staff at Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Bridgewater Associates, and other leading technology companies. We also have team members maintaining successful paid apps as side projects, volunteering with local code education nonprofits, taking Braze-subsidized courses at NYU, and contributing to open source libraries.
We’ve gathered a group of impressive folks from top companies like Facebook, Google, Palantir, Quora, and Dropbox. Everyone on our team is committed to teaching and learning from one another, whether it’s in a formal manager or mentor capacity or just as a curious peer. We believe that every member of our team is either the best or has the potential to be the best in the world at what they do. You can meet a few of our team members and learn why people choose to continue their career at Asana on our blog.
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Our co founders Ryan Shea and Muneeb Ali went through Y Combinator in 2014 and are well known in the blockchain space. You can learn more about our cofounders Ryan (Twitter, Medium, Github), and Muneeb (Twitter, Medium, Github), and meet the rest of the team on our About Page. We are also grateful to have the confidence of investors like Union Square Ventures, Lux Capital, Shana Fisher, and Naval Ravikant.
Our leaders have deep domain knowledge, have founded multi-million dollar startups, and have often managed teams handling hundreds of millions of dollars in assets. They’ve mastered the logistics industry and know how to lead us down the right path.
Our engineers come from a variety of backgrounds, and we take special pride in that. We have seasoned engineers from the large, successful tech companies, who bring industry best practices and high standards. We also have product-minded ex-founders, brilliant newcomers, and more. We love having a diverse group on our team, and hope you’re the next to join us!
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We look for people who share our cultural values as well as our aptitude for building product.
We clearly acknowledge that trajectory is more important than state, taking bets on those who want to learn and grow over those who reckon they have it all figured out. When you take this approach, valuing growth mindset and self direction, you assemble teams that are not only impressive in their current state, but also impressive in their trajectory. Over the long term, teams that are introspective, eager to learn, and want to continually improve can grow their abilities in almost limitless ways.
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