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