Hi! I’m Michelle Lim, and I live in NYC. I’m a founding software engineer at Warp and an angel investor. I also write essays on engineering, technocultural phenomena, and film. You can find me at Twitter, Linkedin, Github or email.
I joined Warp as the first engineer and currently, I’m steering our growth strategy. Some things I’ve done at Warp so far: I co-built our initial terminal product in Rust, planned and executed our launch out of stealth, and built our first cloud-enabled feature end-to-end in Rust and Golang.
I also invest in and support early-stage startups, specializing in engineer hiring, product-led growth, and technical design of the MVP.
I’m currently curious about the gut microbiome, video editing, privacy-preserving machine learning, and healthcare affordability. In my free time, I watch films and musicals with friends, and paint oil paintings. I’m interested in collaborating with people on projects and writing. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.