In Search of Magic

Software used to be magical. We were excited about the new possibilities it opened up.

As the decades went by, software became more common. It became a larger part of our lives and an important part of how the world operates.

Today software is everywhere, but it’s become increasingly rare to encounter truly great software. Computers are faster but apps work slower. Corners are cut with each release. Product decisions are driven by A/B tests.

We’ve lost the magic along the way. And the result is software that’s frustrating and boring to use.

We want to bring that magic back.

Linear was born out of our own frustrations in building software projects in successful high-growth companies. We saw the effects of subpar tools and practices in our teams, so we decided to build something better.

We chose the name Linear to signify progress.

We’re creating software for teams who want to create impact. We think the software you use every day to work should be of the highest quality. It should feel exciting and enticing. It should be fast. And you should feel empowered when using it. Professional tools should have professional quality.

We truly believe that the tools teams use directly impact the outcome of their work. Bad tools encourage bad habits. Good tools encourage good habits.

The tools we use should make us more powerful and help us to accomplish our goals. No matter what you are creating, we want to support you.

The company was founded 2019, and today, hundreds of high-impact teams and companies are already using Linear daily to build next generation software.

We’re backed by some of the best founders, angels and venture capitalists in the industry.

We’re building Linear to be a fully distributed company. Today our team is located in California, New York and Finland. We believe in the importance of having able to choose where you live without having to make trade-offs between work and being close to your family, community or interests.

We believe that the freedom to work remotely reduces distractions and allows for deeper and more meaningful work. That’s why Linear will support and even help create the workflows and tools of this new way of working.

We believe that the quality of software is driven both by the talent of its creators and how they feel while they’re crafting it. Teams that are excited, engaged and proud of their work build better software.

Right now we’re building our founding team, hiring people who believe in the mission of great software and are excited to be a part of building next-generation of tooling for software teams.

Linear’s founders are engineers and designers, and while we’ve had our tours in management, we’re ICs at heart. We want to feel proud of the work we do, and we want you to feel the same.

Open positions

If there isn’t an open position for you, you can also send a open application at jobs@linear.app with any information you’d think is relevant for future consideration.

What we offer

  • Work life balance
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Work remotely, no commuting to the office
  • Health, dental and vision insurance (US)
  • 5 weeks paid vacation
  • Parental leave
  • Macbook Pro, 5K display and accessories
  • Latest productivity software like Notion, Superhuman
  • Company paid lunch and coffee during work days
  • Company paid co-working space/desk at an office
  • Company paid carbon offset through Wren

Remote (US / EU timezones)

Senior Fullstack Engineer (JavaScript/TypeScript)

As a small team, we’re all generalists and constantly picking up new challenges. When it comes to code, we’re looking to work with experienced people who can pick a problem and solve it.

What you'll do

At Linear, you’ll get to work on a multitude of different things. Some of the work you might be tackling includes:

  • Building new user-facing features with everything from database models to GraphQL resolvers and UI components
  • Optimizing our data synchronization stack by applying better serialization protocols
  • Adding real-time collaborative editing to our content editor
  • Improving performance by profiling and tweaking virtualized list rendering
  • Adding analytics, monitoring, and alerts to our service so that we can better respond to operational incidents
  • Open-sourcing any non-trivial innovations that come out of our work on the product
  • Redefining best-in-class software development processes so that we can build an opinionated product

Tech

We use TypeScript and build scalable systems so we can continuously make progress on a solid foundation. We don’t expect you to have a background in everything we use, but we do expect strong JavaScript fundamentals and a background working with React, and ideally TypeScript.

Our stack in brief:

  • React frontend with Styled Components, utilizing hooks for the composability of functionality
  • Proprietary data synchronization library built for speed and offline support. Delta-packets are transported using WebSockets
  • MobX for binding the data model to the UI
  • Prosemirror-based content editor
  • Electron desktop application
  • Public GraphQL API that has access to all of the user's data
  • Node, Postgres and Redis in the backend
  • Hosted on Google Cloud with k8s
  • GitHub, Slack, Notion
  • Design system with React component library

Learn more about the technology behind our data syncing engine from a talk by our co-founder Tuomas.

We care deeply about design. For us, it’s both how it works and how it looks. At its core, Linear is a developer tool where speed, interactions, and small details matter. We are designing it to be highly functional, yet minimalistic and delightful.

If you're a software engineer with years of experience we would like to hear from you. Now that you know about us, we would like to learn more about you. Send us a message at jobs@linear.app with information you think is relevant.


Remote (US / EU timezones)

Senior Product Designer

As a small team, we’re all generalists and constantly picking up new challenges. When it comes to design, we’re looking to work with experienced people who can pick a problem and solve it.

We care deeply about design. For us, it’s both how it works and how it looks. At its core, Linear is a developer tool where speed, interactions, and small details matter. We are designing it to be highly functional, yet minimalistic and delightful.

We expect board set of design skills, and ability to create high-quality designs, interactions and prototypes. For these first designer roles, we are looking for people with several years of experience working in cross-functional product teams and creating interactive products and applications.

Requirements

  • Several years of experience designing interactive applications
  • Excellent visual, UI and interaction skills

What you'll do

At Linear, you’ll get to work on a multitude of different things. Some of the work you might be tackling includes:

  • Contribute to the overall product and design direction of the whole company
  • Work cross-functionally with engineers and other partners
  • Come up with features and improvements that ship quickly and with high quality
  • Use and evolve our internal design system
  • Create flows, prototypes, and high-fidelity visuals for your features
  • Work closely with engineers and other partners to ensure a high-quality implementation
  • Help with hiring and establishing a design culture within the company
  • Redefining best-in-class software design and development processes so that we can build an opinionated product

What we value

  • Passion for design and figuring out best in class solutions to UX, UI and interaction challenges
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to think through complex interaction design
  • Expressing ideas through visuals and prototyping (Linear uses Figma)
  • Experience with design systems, programming and using technical tools like (Git, VSCode, Origami, FramerX).

If you’re a product designer with several years of experience working in product teams and designing scalable products and application, we would like to hear from you. Send us a message at jobs@linear.app with information you think is relevant.