2021-08-31• Founder Journey
We dropped our day jobs 3 months after graduating and people said we were crazy. Looking back, we wouldn't have done it any other way. After all, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
We interned at a Y Combinator company during our senior year of college. The founders told us about day job vs. startup life, introduced us to YC, and encouraged us to apply.
It was scary but we decided to take the leap while we're young and had no dependents. It was the best decision we ever made.
We got into YC with Govest: Robinhood for Indonesia. From Govest, we learned that auth in developing countries was broken.
US: email + password
Developing countries: phone number + one-time passcode (OTP)
However, OTP via SMS are not secure and costly. Therefore, Cotter was born.
During our time at Cotter, a passwordless login integration for no-code website builders like Webflow and Bubble, we suddenly received requests to build Cotter + Notion integration. Full thread:
Here we are with Typedream and it took a few steps for us to get here. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when we were in college, but it was very, very clear looking backward years later.