Learn about which databases and data warehouses are most popular among YC companies!
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The top three databases / warehouses are:
Note that for the remainder of this post, whenever a database is mentioned, it is inclusive of data warehouses as well.
Aside from general curiosity, there are probably a few reasons why you're interested in what databases YC companies use. Either you are starting a new project and need to pick a database, are scaling a project and have outgrown your existing database, or you are building a product that needs to integrate with databases. The motivations from our team generally fell in the last category. This was a good way for us to pulse check if we were missing any critical integrations that we didn't support, but needed to given the popularity.
This data was collected by a survey posted in YC's internal community forum. No additional validation was done on the entries submitted. All entries were voluntarily submitted with no added incentives for folks who filled out the survey.
There were 58 YC companies surveyed with many teams listing more than one database or warehouse, which is why there are 116 total reported databases. There were a total of 18 unique databases reported. Here are some notable insights:
Shoutout to these companies and the anonymous ones that shared their DB data with us: Actiondesk, Aeronaut, Avenue, Bandit ML, Battlecard, Beyond Pricing, Brevy, BuildBuddy, CodeCombat, CodeStream, Cotter, Courier, Daybreak Health, Dayra, Flowdash, Gem, Impakt, MixRank, Mona, Natero, NowPay, Orbiter, PostHog, Reflect, RevenueCat, Safely Finance, Skypher, Snapboard, StratumAI, Synova Life Sciences, Taiv, Terusama, Trove, Truebill, Tydo, Urbankisaan, Visdom, Weave, YSplit.
Please reach out if there is anything Explo can help out with — here are some things we have experience with:
If you're interested in Explo or just chatting all things data, don't hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.