Being a Founding Engineer at a Fast-Paced Early-Stage Startup

I wanted to share my experience of working as a founding engineer at Layer3, a fast-paced early-stage startup that had just raised $2.5 million in seed funding. When I joined, the product was still in its infancy—a Webflow MVP. Little did I know that this adventure would be a rollercoaster ride filled with learning, growth, and excitement!

One of the most striking aspects of working at an early-stage startup is the absence of well-defined roles. At Layer3, I was part of an initial team of five engineers that eventually grew to eight or ten by the time I moved on. We all wore multiple hats, dabbling in marketing, frontend, backend, user interactions, bug fixes, on-the-fly design work, and even handling support tickets. This flexibility not only helped the company move quickly but also provided us with opportunities to learn and grow across various aspects of the business.

The dynamic nature of an early-stage startup meant that we were making product decisions as a team. We had to be nimble, adaptable, and open to change. The opportunity to work across the stack and contribute to these decisions was invaluable, as it helped me understand the bigger picture and appreciate the interconnectedness of various components.

Working at Layer3 was an exhilarating experience, with the fast pace of development and constant shipping of new features. Every week brought a fresh batch of features that were quickly pushed out to users. Listening to user feedback and iterating on our product was a continuous process, which taught me the importance of being responsive and adaptable.

The rapid pace of work at an early-stage startup offers a steep learning curve. At Layer3, I found myself learning tremendously from the challenges we faced, the creative solutions we devised, and the team's collective wisdom. The experience honed my problem-solving skills, taught me the value of collaboration, and instilled in me a never-give-up attitude.

In conclusion, being a founding engineer at a fast-paced early-stage startup like Layer3 was an unforgettable experience. The combination of working across multiple domains, learning from diverse challenges, and contributing to the growth of a fledgling company has been incredibly enriching. If you ever get the chance to work at an early-stage startup, I highly recommend embracing the ride—it's a journey you'll never forget!