Cindy Wu

Cindy Wu

making things do things in kingdom of hawai’i

For a decade, since YC W13, I've been building startups making something from nothing.

For the next 4-5 years I am looking to contribute to taking something working and make it lasting.

The companies I am considering exhibit the following behaviors:

  • seek understanding
  • make your content clear
  • make your delivery memorable

These behaviors can manifest as existing product market fit, clear and concise external and internal communication, and user interfaces with craftsman-like quality.

From a personal growth standpoint, I have this intrinsic desire to be a dramatically better programmer. Landing somewhere with a lot of talented and kind programmers is important to me.

I would like to start in the organization as an IC software engineer. After the first year I am open to engineering management, product, and any roles that are of use to the company's purpose.

I have an affinity towards building tooling that enables amateurs to surpass in ability and production quality of professionals.

Not interested in AI, unless witchy. Not interested in web3, unless it involves decentralized file storage or governance for IRL assets. Not interested in science tech or tools for thought; I need a break.

Open to relocation for the right opportunity.

ciindy.wu at gmail dot com

2 months ago

Work Experience

2023 — Now

persuading computers

2019 — 2023
Honolulu, Hawai'i

local-first multiplayer reference manager as foundation for decentralized social network for science

2011 — 2019
Seattle, Washington | San Francisco, California | New York City, New York

crowdfunding for science

2008 — 2012
Seattle, WA
  • program dendritic cells for immunotherapy at
  • design anthrax therapeutic for the u.s. army at
  • build DNA logic gates for silencing genes at
  • insect gall diversity in eastern washington sagebrush steppe
  • feed and raise zebrafish for tuberculosis research



process podcast for robots


local-first instant-ui multiplayer reference manager

Next.js, Supabase, Cloudflare Workers, Replicache, Typescript, Tauri, Rust, TailwindCSS, ProseMirror, Vercel, Postgres, IndexedDB


summarize science abstracts for second graders using GPT-3

Flask, Python, GPT-3, Vercel


PDF reader of our dreams

Clojure, Electron


parse PDFs into editable posts

Rails, Ruby, React, Typescript, SCSS, Google Cloud, GROBID, Prosemirror


science for everyone

Rails, Ruby, React, AWS, SCSS, Postgres, Heroku



SJ Wu, CB Eiben, JH Carra, I Huang, D Zong, P Liu, CT Wu, J Nivala... Journal of Biological Chemistry 286 (37), 32586-32592


2022 — 2022
Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

exploring the origins of life through cave bacteria

2018 — 2021
Huntsville, Alabama

served as an elected director for membership organization of 250+ chapters and 10,000 cavers

2019 — 2019
New York City, New York

grassroots organizing app that meets voters where they are

2017 — 2019
Chicago, Illinois

full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math

2018 — 2018
San Francisco, California

weekly office hours with founders

2008 — 2009
Musician at University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

play flute and violin duets for hospital patients

2009 — 2009
English Teacher at Taiwan Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission and Ministry of Education
Dawu, Taiwan

coffee shop open whenever we feel like it


University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI
University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI
University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI
University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI
University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Hawai'i
Keynote: Democratizing science at Annual Conference on Advancing Faculty and Staff Success with Grants and Sponsored Programs
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois
Innovation Panel at National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute
Cambridge, Massachusetts
2015 at Funding Diversification Workshop
HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia
2015 at Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Iowa
San Francisco, California
Enhancing immune defenses: controlling transfection efficiency of dendritic cells for vaccine application at UW-Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium
Seattle, Washington
Controlling dendritic cell phenotype for vaccine application at UW-Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Symposium
Seattle, Washington



"We find holes in the ground and then we...explore them. And it kind of feels like maybe what Neil Armstrong felt like when he first stepped foot on the moon."


Meet Cindy Wu, a dinosaur-loving, bug enthusiast, who prefers animals to people.


"This solution helps close the gap for potentially-promising but unfunded projects." -- Bill Gates


2013 — 2013
Mountain View, California
2002 — 2007
Newport High School
Bellevue, Washington