Y Combinator runs its annual Work at a Startup Expo in SF each year (https://news.ycombinator.com/edit?id=20033551), and one of the biggest requests weve been hearing is to bring this to engineers in other areas.To that end, we are looking to host more location-specific events in 2020, and the first one is in Los Angeles/Culver City on March 7th. We welcome engineers to apply to attend: https://workatastartup.com/expo
For this event: founders and hiring managers of 20+ YC companies (mostly from the LA area) give quick pitches about their business, their tech stack and why an engineer might be excited to join. After the pitches, we host an open house where engineers are welcome to meet directly with the founders/team to learn more. These events are an efficient and effective way to meet a lot of YC-vetted startups quickly, and to see what jobs are out there in case youre looking for a new role.
LAs startup ecosystem has been continuing to get stronger, and were excited to help engineers find great YC-vetted startups. This years companies cover the spectrum across software infra, AI, cannabis, health & fitness and more, and include both 5-person startups and bigger ones like Standard Cognition and Reddit (much larger, but still a YC-backed company and interesting to many people!)
Working for a startup may not be for everybody; Justin Kan has a great post on why NOT to work at a startup: https://www.atrium.co/blog/work-at-a-startup/. Ive been through my fair share of startups and large companies, and will be the first to tell you what youre getting into with either. Im also happy to chat 1-1 with anybody who might be interested or have reservations: ryan AT ycombinator.com.
For any engineer in Southern California who is interested or curious about working at a YC startup, apply to attend the LA event here: https://workatastartup.com/expo