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.
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 Yale Daily News 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."
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.
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.
My humor essay about some men pitching a women's toilet productivity app.