Crowdfunding Scientific Research


COMPANY SIZE Between 5 and 10

# OF ENGINEERS Less than 5


TAGS science, Crowdfunding, Publishing, Education, New York City, YC Winter 2013


What do we do?

Our mission is to create a world where anyone can be a scientist.

Technical challenges

The Role

Full-time engineering releasing early and often
Ownership of complete features including architecture, testing, and release
Work closely with our community & users to help them succeed
Grow with us to help build the company you want to work for

About You

You are comfortable with large Rails applications (full-stack)
Your code has vision: writing maintainable code makes you happy, and you think about scale
Strong communication skills in a fast-moving team
Passionate about making an impact in science
Hungry to learn
You're entrepreneurial and not afraid to make bold decisions to help the company grow
Have enough experience to know when to hack first, ask questions later
Have shipped great products in the past

Our Stack
We use a mix of rails, react, and postgres, deployed on heroku, and we're friendly with TDD and pair-programming.

Why join us?

We are a crowdfunding platform for scientists, and we want to share the research process to make the world a better place. We are a small team, and our users have been featured in Nature, The Economist, Scientific American, and more. We believe that how scientists do research in 10 years will be vastly different than how it's funded, conducted, and shared today, and we want to help bring that change.

We were the kids who got in trouble in school chemistry class because we lit things on fire and liked to mix the things we weren't supposed to mix. We are eternally curious, and that is our engine of growth and learning.

Our office is currently based in New York City. Occasionally we do things like dig up dinosaurs and climb Redwood trees for our users.

Our press coverage


Our Founders

Cindy Wu


Denny Luan


Our tech stack

  • Rails
  • React JS
  • Javascript
  • Ruby
  • React

Our investors

  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Y Combinator
  • Index Ventures
  • Two Sigma
  • SV Angel
  • Dave Morin
  • Ligaya Tichy
  • Structure Capital
  • Joshua Schachter
  • Lee Linden
  • Lux Capital
  • Bryan Johnson
  • 500 St
  • Esther Dyson
  • Linda Avey
  • Bill Warner
  • Michael Karnjanaprkorn
  • Learn Capital
  • Jaan Tallinn
  • Ellen Levy
  • Halle Tecco