Defer is a zero-infrastructure Node.js background jobs platform to easily offload APIs. Think of a Stripe for background jobs.

How would you best describe your company/business in a few words?

Defer is an orchestration platform enabling developers to easily write workflows and application automation. Think of Temporal as a self-serve product.

Can you briefly introduce the team?

Charly, co-founder and CEO, previously Tech-lead at Algolia, where he built a solution similar to Defer that contributed to $6M new ARR.

Bryan, co-founder, and CTO, previously led the infrastructure and back-end at JobTeaser, a job board platform for millions of students across Europe.

Emile, our Founding Engineer, graduated from Centrale Lille and joined Javelo from its creation to their acquisition by Tellent 6 years later.

Can you elaborate on what you do?

At its core, Defer is an orchestration engine similar to Apache Pulsar, an enterprise-grade orchestration software to power data workflows at scale.

As a platform, developers use Defer to build workflows, such as financial transaction categorization with Large Language Models or automation like sending reminders or performing recurring technical tasks (eg: Algolia indexing).

Why does your solution matter? And why today?

Building and operating workflows requires a comprehensive set of tools at many levels: frameworks for writing the workflows, an orchestrator to execute them, infrastructure on which to run the code, and dashboarding tools to operate them.

Combining all those tools requires different sets of technical expertise and time investment that slows down small companies’ time-to-market and larger companies’ ability to innovate, as we can see with the rise of LLM use cases that rely on workflows.

In the past years, infrastructure has moved closer to the developers with solutions like Heroku, removing the absolute need for a DevOps Engineer.

This market evolution, combined with the increased need for orchestration brought by LLM applications, is a perfect fit for our mission of helping developers and companies build and scale workflows.

Can you tell me where the idea came from?

Past experiences dealing with asynchronous systems in multiple companies and a challenge around orchestration at Algolia led to the idea of the Defer platform that fits the current category of PaaS products in the Node.js market (eg: Supabase, Vercel).

Can you mention a couple of clients and how they are using your product?

Carbonfact: performs life cycle assessment to help fashion brands lower their carbon emissions.

They use Defer to run their carbon footprint algorithm.

Truewind: AI-powered bookkeeping and finance

They use Defer to orchestrate their product’s core: categorizing financial transactions with LLM.

Careswitch: Home care operations automation SaaS

They use Defer to run their SaaS automation, such as reminders and workflows.

Can you tell me about some achievements and challenges you’re meeting?


Getting through YC, going from PoC to self-serve in 3 months.

Getting the trust of our first hundred users and a dozen customers following our initial launch.


As an infrastructure company, enhancing the trust in our platform by ensuring its stability, while scaling to accommodate  our growing usage

What excites you the most about building a company in general and this company in particular?

We love working on developer tools (open-source) and always wanted to start a company to build a worldwide product for developers.

Getting the trust of customers is a strong motivator

We are passionate about the technical field of orchestration, which combines our expertise in software, infrastructure and developer experience.

How do you see the company in 8 to 10 years?

Defer, in 8-10 years, will be the reference cross-language workflow orchestrator, enabling companies worldwide to power their LLM and application workflows.

What is the best way to contact someone in your team and become a user?

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