One of them was close and gave me a fair chance with interviews, but most of the rest simply e-mailed back saying that they were looking for someone who already had remote experience. Great catch 22
For example, I used to work for LivingSocial. They're based in DC, but have offices + developers around the country.
I worked in their SF office with a handful of developers and the other half of our team was at the headquarters in DC.
Also, developers on related teams were scatted across the country. Occasionally, getting help from someone meant snagging their time over Skype/Hangouts.
Now, I can put on my resume that I have remote experience.
This link lists some companies that would be a good start (CMD+F 'remote DNA'):
I haven't seen any remote jobs from YC funded startups. And also, I thought YC startups don't favour remote work, by reading responses/replies on HN.
Also, I personally take advantage of failed side projects from the past by open sourcing them. Really helps in interviews!
I keep trying to find another position like that but most of them pay a lot less the on site. So...
"No but what I want is different!" "Yep, uh huh, sure, removes duck animation"