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Product Engineer - Post Batch

San Francisco
Posted on 
October 29, 2023
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Job Description

Y Combinator is best known for our accelerator batch program, which has helped companies like Airbnb, Stripe and Instacart get started. What is lesser known are the resources that YC provides after the batch -- our YC-only hiring platform (, regular event planning for alumni founders, and internal software platform for helping founders stay in touch. Our scope keeps increasing, and we’re now looking to bring on a Product Engineer to help us scale our impact even more.

You’ll be working directly with two former YC founders/engineers (from Twilio, Twitter & Lyft), and a small software team full of kind people who are eager to help you get up-to-speed. You’ll be relied upon not only to help us tackle our hefty roadmap, but to also explore how YC can leverage its unique structural advantages to help our founders hire great people and build their companies after the batch ends.

In this role, you will:

  • Design and build out new features in entirety. Our particular team focuses on helping founders post-batch. This is a range of features/products, with a focus on 1.) (hiring) and 2.) internal software (helping YC stay in touch with founders and YC alumni).
  • Scope and prioritize items on our post-batch roadmap alongside YC partners and others on the YC software team.
  • Analyze usage and engagement from both founders, job-seekers and other users to understand what’s working/not working, and make things continuously better.

What are we looking for

YC was started by hackers, so we recognize good hackers when we see them. Much like when we read applications for startups, we're looking to work with people who generally impress us. If you've written some impressive software before, whether for yourself or a company, that's the best qualifier we have.

This is a good job for someone who is excited about startups and interested in learning more about them. You’ve likely worked at or started a startup, or want to do so in the future.

The software team has a lot of individual responsibility and access to sensitive information, so we need to hire people we can trust. Your ability to make good trade-offs and exercise good judgement is particularly important to us.

Location: YC is headquartered in the SF Bay Area with employees working from home or from our offices in San Francisco and Mountain View, CA. Candidates must live in the SF Bay Area or be willing to relocate.

Compensation: $160K to $200K + bonus (depending on skills and experience).

Benefits: Our full benefits package includes medical, vision, and dental plans, infertility benefit, STD/LTD, life insurance, commuter benefits, flexible spending account, health savings account, 401(k) + 4% matching, generous parental leave, paid holidays and flexible paid time off policy.

Work Authorization: This position does not support work authorization/visa sponsorship.

Y Combinator considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law including San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance. Y Combinator is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of job applicants and complying with the California Consumer Privacy Act. The privacy policy of Ashby, Inc., the hiring platform used by Y Combinator, governs the collection of such data and can be found here.

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