Black Engineers in Startups Seminar

by Ryan Choi1/19/2022

In February, Michael Seibel (Managing Director, Early Stage and Group Partner at YC) and Aston Motes (Investor, Director of /dev/color and first employee at Dropbox) are bringing together a cohort of black engineers who are interested in learning about startups and finding roles at fast-growing YC companies.

This month-long series is a way for participants to meet black technical founders and engineers of YC startups, learn about their career path, get mentorship from YC alum, and build a community of peers.

Participants will meet once a week for two-hour sessions, and topics will cover:

  • Why join a startup? What are the pros and cons?
  • How do you determine where you should work and what should you look for in a startup and founding team?
  • How to prepare for the interview process (as well as practice interviewing).

If you are an engineer working in tech and interested in learning more about startups — and possibly joining one soon — this series is for you.

To apply for the program, submit an application by 12PM PT on February 6th, 2022. Note that profiles are visible to YC founders and hiring managers at YC startups. If you’re not ready to share your profile or look for a job, please specify on the application.


  • Ryan Choi

    Ryan works with YC companies to find great engineers — from 2-person startups to larger ones like Airbnb, Stripe and Instacart.