Hi! I’m Michelle Lim, and I live in NYC. I lead Growth at Warp, a Sequoia-backed Series B company reimagining the terminal for developers. I was Warp’s first software engineer hire, and I built the product, data, sales, and marketing functions. More on the transition here.
I also invest in and advise early-stage startups. I advise startups on their initial growth and data stack, growth strategy, and interview structure for the first product/GTM hires; I also provide product feedback. If you’re looking for an advisor, feel free to reach out!
In my free time, I like to write essays on engineering, society, and film. I enjoy watching films and musicals with friends, swimming, and Pilates. You can find me at Twitter, Linkedin, Github or email.
Stop just using “Frontend” or “Backend” to describe the Engineering you like
Why the “frontend” vs “backend” engineering axis doesn't map well to engineers’ psychology. And how using just one division can lead to job mismatches, turnover, and even push some new grad engineers into product management.
It's Not About the Stars
My essay about why milennials and I love horoscopes unironically.
I notice that the two main streets running through downtown San Francisco are Mission Street and Market Street. They run parallel to each other; they never intersect.
Into the Fediverse
Social media apps should share the same social graph by implementing ActivityPub
Federated Learning—a primer
A quick introduction to the decentralized machine learning technology that's already changing the internet.
Speaking in Tales: conversing in Chinese means constantly alluding to folklore
Through my favorite Chinese idioms, I illustrate how the language efficiently packs historical folklore into 4-character expressions and discuss the implications.