How does this work?

Applicants fill out an application with their background and experience. Next, Y Combinator companies browse through applications and start a conversation with people they are interested in.

What job am I actually applying for?

You don't need to apply for a specific job or company. When you fill out an application, we make it available to startups that Y Combinator has funded. If a company is interested in your application, they'll contact you.
After you complete your profile, you can also browse our directory of all jobs and apply to them directly.

What if I'm only interested in working at a particular company?

If it's in our directory, you can apply directly. We still encourage you to share your application with other companies. Y Combinator funds a lot of companies; there may be others working on something similar...or something totally different that you've not yet considered.

Do all YC companies use Work at a Startup?

Most do but not all. If you want to reach a YC company that's not in our directory yet, you should apply directly on their own website.

What if I'm not a software engineer?

As of January 2020, we now support non-technical roles. Submit your profile, experience and skills, and founders and hiring teams can find you and reach out. YC companies are just starting to post new non-technical jobs, but in the meantime you can also browse a broader list of jobs at YC startups below.

If you have any more questions or feedback, please email us at [email protected].

Not an engineer? See other jobs at YC companies here:
Non engineering jobs