At Pesto, we are on a mission to expand access to opportunity to everyone. We are upskilling India’s top software engineering talent and getting them full-time remote jobs at the world’s best tech companies.

Today we are launching our partners portal. It bridges the gap between our alumni living in Delhi, India and our world-class hiring partners across the globe.

This is the first step to building high-caliber distributed engineering teams at the click of a button.

Here is how it works:

  • When each batch graduates, we notify our hiring partners via email.
  • Partners browse all our graduates’ resumes as…


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At Pesto we preach “Programming Deliberately”, meaning engineers should understand every line of code that they write.

It’s not sufficient to write code that works. A good engineer should be able to explain in detail why it works.

To develop a better understanding of why things work, it’s useful to learn about programming concepts at least one level of abstraction deeper than you typically work with. If you use ExpressJS, you might want to consider learning how to implement body-parser. If you use Heroku, you should probably know how to set up a blank Ubuntu Digital Ocean droplet.

One way…


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We are thrilled to announce a new initiative at Pesto, the Pay It Forward Fellowship! The Pay It Forward Fellowship is a chance for female students to be paired up with a sponsor to cover moderate living expenses while participating in our career accelerator program.

Why

At Pesto, our mission is to give everyone equal access to opportunity regardless of where they were born. We are using remote work and education to make this possible.

Our program is free up front, students pay a fixed percentage of their salary after graduation to cover the costs. …


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My start up failed and I had no money to pay rent. Three weeks later, having sold almost everything I owned, I boarded a plane to Bangkok with a one way ticket and a carry on backpack.

My financial situation didn’t worry me. I only had a couple hundred dollars in my bank account but I had my laptop and I was a good software engineer.

Good software engineers in the US can make $150 per hour freelancing, even while working remotely from beaches in Thailand.

Nine months later

I was finishing up some work in a co-working space in Delhi, India when…


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My start up failed and I had no money to pay rent. Three weeks later, having sold almost everything I owned, I boarded a plane to Bangkok with a one way ticket and a carry on backpack.

My financial situation didn’t worry me. I only had a couple hundred dollars in my bank account but I had my laptop and I was a good software engineer.

Good software engineers in the US can make $150 per hour freelancing, even while working remotely from beaches in Thailand.

I was finishing up some work in a co-working space in Delhi, India when…


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Tests aren’t just for catching regression bugs. A good test suite should also serve as documentation for your code.

Any engineer should be able to skim over your tests and know exactly what the code is supposed to do without even looking at the implementation.

There are many different types of testing strategies for different use cases. One technique is called behavior driven development (BDD). The goal of behavior driven development is to define and write your tests in the form of expected business logic. …


Everyone has heard the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”. It has become so cliche that in today’s society, it has lost much of its influence and is easily forgotten. This story was originally told to me three years ago by my high school psychology teacher, Mr. McAllister. However, it is one story I will probably never forget.

I was in a hurry, with places to go. I had just enough time to run to the grocery store and grab a few things. Rushing from aisle to aisle, I found everything I needed and turned towards the checkout…


As I finished up the first day of my summer internship at the Vaynermedia New York City offices, I came to reflect on what an amazing opportunity I have been given. I want to share the story of how I got here:

It all started in 2011 when I was finishing up my freshman year at Purdue. I was working on a t-shirt company with one of my business partners at the time, Ethan Gromet. He sent me this link on Facebook. It was for Gary Vaynerchuk’s Keynote speech at the 2011 Inc 500 conference. Ethan (using words like “genius”…


Two years ago I raised $50,000 in investment capital. I was 19 years old. I dropped out of school at Purdue University where I was studying Chemical Engineering and started Kyk Energy, my first real company. Armed with $50,000 in cash, a product already validated by paying customers and a shitload of ambition, I set out on making what I thought would be the next big thing. A year later, I was back in school, the cash was gone and the company wasn’t going anywhere.

While building our business, my business partner and I did a lot of things right…


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It was a year ago today that I walked out of my last due diligence meeting for my company, Kyk Energy. To date, that meeting has been the worst ass kicking that I have ever experienced. I walked into the conference room high on excitement leftover from delivering, “the best investor pitch that the room had seen in years” just a week earlier. After my pitch, every investor signed the interest sheet. It was the golden opportunity, negotiating the terms on our new $450,000 fund raising round with a group of high net worth investors that could easily make my…

Andrew Linfoot

Co-Founder @pestotech | Using education and remote work to give everyone equal access to opportunity, regardless of where they were born.

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