Office Hours – Elpha founders here to answer your questions!Featured
Hi everyone –This week, Kuan and I (Elpha's cofounders) are here for office hours :)We're building Elpha to create a space for women to talk openly online. When you look around at most social networks, they are designed and built by men and the cultures are very much set by men. We wanted to be part of an online community where the core culture, software and product decisions were all made and implemented by women. Since we couldn't find an existing one, we built our own!A bit about me: I'm Cadran, Elpha's CEO. I'm a software engineer and I also write the code for Elpha. Before founding Elpha, I was an Engineering Lead at Y Combinator and before that I was a Senior Software Engineer at MongoDB. I have an undergrad degree in Computer Science and Biology and Masters in Biomedical Informatics. Fun facts about me: I have an identical twin and I live in Oakland with my husband and extremely charming cat.A bit about Kuan: Kuan was born and raised in Shanghai, China. After high school, she took a chance studying abroad and went to Syracuse University where she studied rhetorics and graphic design. She wanted to become a journalist at first, but quickly realized she preferred working on technology that enabled journalism. Kuan led the design for the first iPad app at The Washington Post. Since then, she's been working in startups and tech companies: Grand St. (acquired by Etsy) and as Director of Design at Cockroach labs. Outside of work, she loves traveling, spending time in nature, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and meditation.Ask us anything about Elpha, starting a company, community building, Y Combinator, or something else!