Hi! I’m Michelle Lim. I’m a founding software engineer at a 5-person startup. We are based in NYC and are building a new Developer Tool. I also write essays. You can find me at Twitter, Linkedin, Github or email.

During my undergrad at Yale, I co-founded a healthcare startup called Pillnotes and a startup incubator called Yale Helix. I also invested in startups with Contrary Capital. In the summers, I interned at Robinhood (building Video News), Slack, and Facebook. Prior to undergrad, I grew up in Singapore.

I’m passionate about healthcare, privacy, and making technology accessible. I’m actively exploring federated learning for hospitals, building a phone-sized medical diagnostic device, and transforming the command line. In my free time, I read fiction, paint oil paintings, play squash, and cycle. If you’re interested in chatting about these (or anything, really), please email/DM me. I love meeting people.

Most popular posts

Sep 13, 2020
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.
OJan 23, 2020
It's Not About the Stars My Yale Daily News essay about why milennials and I love horoscopes unironically.
Oct 24, 2019
Gold Rush "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."

Recent posts

Dec 19, 2020
Marvel Studios: The Unwilling US Foreign Policy Pundit My essay describing how and why Marvel Studios delivers watered-down critiques on US Foreign Policy. It appears to condemn US foreign policy and yet undercuts every serious critique by attributing structural problems to individual faults.
Nov 1, 2020
The film club no one's heard of My essay about why some TV viewers compulsively check Reddit/Youtube after each TV show, and why you should consider checking it too.
Sep 22, 2020
HerBusiness My humor essay about some men pitching a women's toilet productivity app.