Big news from Leap!!Featured
I’m excited to share some big news about Leap:Leap is spinning out of Y Combinator to become an independent company with a new name: Elpha!Moving forward, I will be working on Elpha full-time. We will be focusing our energy on making Elpha the most powerful network for women in tech.In the coming months, you can expect to see much more public content from experts (like our AMA series) and a transformed directory that will make it easy to find and connect with members with specific skills and experiences. We’re also going to explore how best to provide access to information about companies that prioritize a culture that’s welcoming to women.We want Elpha to be your go-to place for accessing industry experts, learning from your peers, and finding answers to your most pressing personal and professional questions. Creating this space is a team effort and we can’t do it without you! It’s made me so happy to hear about the amazing experiences you’ve already had here: the relationships you’ve built, the job offers you’ve earned, the money you’ve raised, and the thought provoking conversations. My co-founders and I are beyond excited to take the leap with you and Elpha and see this vision through!Background storyFor those of you who don’t know me, my name is Cadran, and up until today I’ve been a Tech Lead at Y Combinator. For years, I looked for a place where women in tech could openly talk with one another online, but never found one. So in 2017, I decided to build it myself. With the support of YC, I started Leap as a side project with the goal of building a community for women in tech. I worked on Leap mostly on nights and weekends, and I’m proud that there are 7,500 incredible members in this community.Over the last two years, I’ve witnessed Leap support its members through everything from becoming parents to building startups, and it’s become increasingly apparent that this community deserves my full and undivided attention. Today is my last day at Y Combinator, and it is also the day that Leap will become Elpha.Will Elpha and YC be associated with each other in the future?I am grateful to have had YC’s support starting Elpha as a side project while I worked there; not every employer encourages its employees to take ideas and run with them. However, it is time to build Elpha at the pace and scale of a startup.While Elpha is spinning out of YC as an independent company, we will be participating in YC’s Summer 2019 batch. YC is making its standard $150k investment in Elpha for a 7% ownership stake.Introducing my co-foundersThe three of us are actually an Elpha success story. :) We came together as a result of this community and are a testament to how powerful Elpha can be. Abadesi and I got to know each other on Elpha, and she was Elpha’s first Community Lead. Abadesi is an expert community builder from Product Hunt, and as the founder of Hustle Crew has been thinking about inclusion in tech for years. I’m excited to have her join Elpha to focus on community.Kuan and I met years ago when we both lived in New York City, and we reconnected when she joined Elpha. Kuan is a startup veteran and previously led the design team at Cockroach Labs before building a retreat for women leaders in tech (called For The Women Retreat). Kuan will be focusing on product, design and operations.The more I talked with Kuan and Abadesi, the more clear it was that we should work together on Elpha. What does Elpha mean?We chose the name Elpha by riffing on the word alpha and the idea that we wanted to create a place where women come first. We combined alpha with the French word for she (“Elle”) to create ellepha. We shortened it to elpha from there. Plus, the .com was available. :-)The future of ElphaElpha started as a place where women in tech could openly talk online, and has since grown into this thoughtful community where we share knowledge and resources to help each other excel in the workplace. Elpha is going to be the most powerful network for women in tech. We are excited to see this vision through and hope you are too!Asks: Please help us spread the word!!1. Share Elpha with your networks. Here's a suggested Tweet.2. Invite all the women you know to join us here.