A more equitable industry requires re-imagination. We’re starting with the interview.
Why we built Byteboard
As experienced engineers, we were frustrated that when it came to technical interviews, we still had to spend a considerable amount of time and resources preparing. The interviews, which value memorization over the practical application of skills, felt overly performative and disjoint from actual engineering work. And, the flaws seemed to hit underrepresented groups more — research shows that nearly everyone has poor interview experiences, yet women are 7 times more likely than men to stop interviewing after a poor performance. On the flip side, as interviewers, we had to manage an ever-growing demand of interviews with limited guidance on how to effectively assess for skills. It was evident the process was in need of change.
Having personally experienced the ineffectiveness, inequity, and inefficiency of the process, we felt best equipped to build an interview that finally assesses for ability, not access and privilege.
Our leadership team
Our investors and advisors
Director of Engineering @ Google
Technical interviews aren’t great. They generate a lot of false positives and false negatives, are time-consuming to prepare for, and often don’t correlate to on-the-job success. And these negative impacts can be even more for underrepresented folks. Byteboard is one company looking to improve the technical interview.
What’s the talk around town?
Software defined talk highlights Byteboard
Brandon interviews Sargun Kaur, Co-Founder and CEO of Byteboard. They discuss the challenges and frustrations with technical interviews and how Byteboard has redesigned the coding test.
Improving the technical interview process
Byteboard co-founders Sargun Kaur and Nikke Hardson-Hurley join Emily Chang to talk about removing bias and inefficiencies in the technical interview process.
Byteboard nabs $5M seed to change the way engineers get hired
Byteboard announces a $5 million seed round led by Cowboy Ventures along with a diverse set of angel investors, with half being women and more than a third Black.