Software Engineer, Mobile

This is full-time role for a remote, US-based employee.

About Shortwave

We're a venture-backed startup building the future of digital communications on top of the world's most ubiquitous messaging platform — email. We believe that email should prioritize people (not advertising), getting through your inbox shouldn't require busywork, and sending an email should be as fast as typing a text message. Our first product, a brand new inbox experience for Gmail, launched in February 2022. The Verge called it "The Google Inbox successor I've been waiting for".

We have an experienced team distributed across the US, with almost half of our team located in California. Our CEO Andrew formerly cofounded Firebase (later acquired by Google), and our early team met Andrew while working there building the infrastructure behind millions of today's mobile and web apps.

We're well-funded by top-tier investors including Union Square Ventures & Lightspeed Venture Partners.

About the role

In this role, you will lead the development of Shortwave's iOS and Android applications. You will be responsible for ensuring our app is performant, reliable, and easy-to-use, including having "buttery" UIs and interactions.

You will:
  • Work closely with product, design, and other engineers to design and build new features with beautiful & intuitive UIs
  • Write and ship a lot of code quickly — we deploy multiple times per day and value rapid iteration with users
  • Contribute to the technical vision and roadmap for our mobile applications
  • Learn and use whatever tools & frameworks needed to get the job done. Right now we are using React Native for our iOS app.
  • Talk with customers to get product feedback and diagnose bugs as needed
  • Wear many hats — we're a small team and need people willing to contribute wherever is needed for us to succeed

About you

We're looking for a software engineer with a strong CS background and experience building high quality mobile applications, preferably for iOS.

  • Bachelors degree in CS or equivalent demonstrated ability
  • Experience building polished, consumer-grade mobile applications
  • An eye for detail and delighting users with clean, intuitive interfaces
  • Fluent in common data structures & algorithms
  • Good technical communications skills, both verbal and written
  • A willingness to work hard as part of a team and learn new things quickly

Bonus points

  • Experience with React Native
  • Experience building apps for both iOS and Android
  • Design experience

What we offer

We're looking to hire the best and brightest, so we strive to provide the best work environment—tailored to you.

  • Competitive compensation, including generous equity grants
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Flexible work hours and vacation
  • Remote-first team — you can work from anywhere
  • Regular (every ~2.5 months) offsites where we get the whole team together, often in fun locations like Hawaii 🏝
  • A mission-focused team with fun coworkers (ok, we're biased... but we really are nice people!)

How to apply

Please email us at In your email, help us understand what makes you unique and extraordinary, and why you're excited about Shortwave. Also include a resume or a link to your LinkedIn, as well as links to anything you've built online that you'd like to share with us (GitHub, Dribbble, personal website, etc.).

We're looking for team members who have passion, grit, and integrity. Even if your experience doesn't precisely match the criteria above, please consider applying.

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