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Postgres for Search and Analytics

ParadeDB is an Elasticsearch alternative built on Postgres. We're modernizing the features of Elasticsearch's product suite, starting with real-time search and analytics.

ParadeDB
Founded:2023
Team Size:4
Location:New York

Active Founders

Philippe Noël

Founder & CEO @ ParadeDB. Previously built Whist, raised 4M$ and grew a team of 25. Before that at Microsoft. Harvard CS'20. From Québec.

Philippe Noël
Philippe Noël
ParadeDB

Ming Ying

Founder @ ParadeDB

Ming Ying
Ming Ying
ParadeDB

Hear from the founders

How did your company get started? (i.e., How did the founders meet? How did you come up with the idea? How did you decide to be a founder?)

We (Phil and Ming) previously built Whist, a cloud-hybrid browser, together with an amazing team of 20 from 2020 to 2023. We originally met at university, in 2016, during the earliest days of orientation, and quickly became close friends, pitching each other startup ideas throughout college, until we decided to make the jump during our senior year.The idea for ParadeDB came from building on the experience acquired in the cloud infrastructure market during our Whist days, and from talking with 50+ customers in the beginnings of YC S23. We initially applied to YC with a completely different idea, but pivoted into what became ParadeDB after seeing more customer interest for the infrastructure we had built to service our prior idea, a sustainability platform, than the idea itself; and thus ParadeDB was born.

How did you decide to apply to Y Combinator? What was your experience applying, going through the batch, and fundraising at demo day?

We were looking for an environment that would help us make something people want and not get caught in all the other non-essential parts of building an early-stage company. Our experience with YC was shaped by this mindset from application to fundraising and we had a great experience.

How have you kept in touch with the YC community and continued to use YC resources & programs since the batch ended?

We’ve made a bunch of friends in YC, are still in touch with our Group Partner and batchmates, and frequently interact on Bookface.