Employee #1

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


Early Engineer at Vanta (YC W18): Tom Denham

Tom Denham is an early engineer at Vanta (YC W18), automating security and compliance, starting with SOC 2, to protect customer data and build trust in internet businesses.…

#Hired on Work at a Startup: Deepak Jhalani, CTO at Ravti (YC S14)

Deepak Jhalani joined Ravti (S14) as their CTO after finding them on YC’s Work at a Startup. He previously managed a team of over 40 people, and was looking for his next challenge building a team and the technology from the ground up.

Engineer #1 at ReadMe (YC W15): Marc Cuva

Marc Cuva is the lead Product Manager at ReadMe (YC W15) where he was also the company’s first full-time engineer. Learn more about Marc’s impact on the company vision, his transition to product, and the mentorship he’s gotten from ReadMe’s founder to further his development.

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.

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