Software Engineer, Web Frontend

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 be a key technical leader for Shortwave's web application. You will be responsible for building new features and ensuring our app is performant, reliable, and maintainable. For a taste of frontend development at Shortwave, check out our blog post on Watchables.

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
  • Help ensure high quality code and best practices through code reviews and mentorship of other engineers
  • 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, large-scale web applications using modern frameworks.

  • Bachelors degree in CS or equivalent demonstrated ability
  • Significant experience building complex web applications using modern frameworks
  • Experience with React & TypeScript
  • Fluent in common data structures & algorithms
  • A keen attention to detail, including an eye for clean, extensible code
  • 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
  • Design skills

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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