Y Combinator

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First Data Engineer at Y Combinator

San Francisco / Remote
Job Type
3+ years
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About the role

YC Continuity is hiring our first Data Engineer to help us identify promising investment opportunities using data. This is an innovative role for somebody to build YC’s data infrastructure from the ground up.

You’ll primarily write code from scratch, and define the technologies used. You’ll work closely with YC’s Software team, half of whom are YC founder alums, to build the foundational data infrastructure YC Continuity will use to inform key investment decisions.

As a member of YC Continuity, you’ll use data to develop a deep understanding of potential investments, participate in the investment process, and provide support to our portfolio companies. You'll get the best of both worlds: moving fast and shipping with highly experienced software teammates as mentors.

About YC

YC is a startup fund and program. Since 2005, YC has invested in over 3,000 companies now worth over $400B combined. YC has built programs that support founders throughout the life of their companies.

YC Continuity is Y Combinator's growth fund. We selectively lead investments in Series B or later rounds. Our primary goal is to support YC alumni companies by investing in their subsequent funding rounds. Our past investments include Stripe, Coinbase, Instacart, Brex, DoorDash, Gusto, Faire, Segment, Checkr, GitLab, Zapier, and others.

Key responsibilities

  • Build the foundational data infrastructure to unlock the potential of YC’s unique data, including data pipelining, entity resolution engines, and shared datasets across disparate data sources

  • Determine the optimal tooling to unlock insights from YC's unique data and other large datasets

  • Implement notification systems to ensure consistently high quality data and to resolve inconsistencies

  • Evaluate and implement emerging tools and datasets that are the most critical to forecasting the success of the fastest growing startups

  • Communicate key insights across YC and provide support to our portfolio companies


  • We're open to people 2+ years out of school through those with 10+ years of experience in Data Engineering, Data Science, and/or Software Engineering

  • Strong generalist software engineering skills, ideally with experience building data infrastructure from scratch at a fast-growing startup

  • Experience with real-time data ingestion, custom ETL design, optimizing and querying massive datasets, and debugging across unique APIs and data formats

  • Deep intellectual curiosity for emerging trends and data in the startup ecosystem, including consumer, B2B, fintech, healthcare and crypto

  • Loves working cross-functionally to architect the right data infrastructure for YC’s needs, helping startups, and owning projects from start to finish

  • Bonus: Data science and/or software engineering experience with machine learning algorithms, statistical modeling & data visualization

Location and benefits

  • Our team is currently 100% remote for the time being, however, we have offices in San Francisco and Mountain View.

  • Full benefits package including medical, vision and dental benefits, 401(k) matching, generous parental leave, commuter benefits and a flexible vacation policy.

Why you should join Y Combinator

Y Combinator has a small ~6 person team that makes the software that runs YC. Hardly any investors write software, but YC was started by programmers so it's natural for us to solve our problems that way. We believe our software is a key competitive advantage and we are investing aggressively in new software products.

YC has ambitious plans to create more innovation in the world, and the only way to reach that level of impact is to scale through software. What we’ve built so far is probably only 10% of what we will eventually need.

As a member of the software team, you'll get full access to the YC program, just like founders do. You'll learn the ins and outs of how YC works, and you'll get to follow and learn from hundreds of companies. You'll meet some of the most successful people in the startup world and get exposed to the best startup ideas. And of course, if you ever want to start your own company, you’ll learn a lot about that from working at YC.