Employee #1

Employee #1 is a series of interviews focused on sharing the often untold stories of early employees at tech companies.


Vikrum Nijjar: Engineer #1 at Firebase and Founder of Gold Fig Labs (YC S19)

Vikrum Nijjar joined as the first engineer at Firebase, and did whatever it took to help the company succeed: scaling out infrastructure, shipping mobile SDKs, hosting 1-1 office…

Engineer #2 at ClearBrain (YC W18): Cynthia Rogers

Cynthia Rogers landed at ClearBrain (YC W18) as the second eng hire, and found exactly what she wanted: a great mentor/manager, a strong technical team, and challenging work to keep her learning (but not overwhelmed). Read how she evaluates startups — both technically and culturally — and some useful tips she used along the way.

Employee #1: Kickstarter

A conversation with Cassie Marketos, Kickstarter’s first employee. Discussed: Meeting Yancey, Setting Kickstarter’s Tone Through Community Management, Choosing Projects to Feature, Learning How To Manage Up, Moving On, Book Recommendations.

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Employee #1: Warby Parker

A conversation with Mara Castro, Warby Parker’s first employee. Discussed: Working at a Nonprofit, Finding the Job Posting, Interviewing with the Founders, Starting Part-Time, Figuring Out Operations, Moving to New York, Going into Retail, Building the Brand, and Learning to Manage People.

Employee #1: Coinbase

A conversation with Olaf Carlson-Wee, Coinbase’s first employee.

Employee #1: Dropbox

A conversation with Aston Motes, Dropbox’s first employee. Employee #1 is a series of interviews focused on sharing the often untold stories of early employees at tech companies.…

Employee #1: Amazon

A conversation with Shel Kaphan, Amazon’s first employee.

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