Travelchime helps make leisure travel easier. We believe that travel makes the world better, and are building tools that lower the bar to it. Our first product is a Google Docs for planning travel and sharing recommendations.
Our founders are twin brothers. Peter worked as an engineer at Stripe and a consultant at McKinsey, and Harry as a product manager at Google. We’re an engineering and product-driven team: the founders studied computer science at Yale, and have built successful, bootstrapped travel companies (BookWithMatrix and All the Flight Deals) with products people love before starting Travelchime.
We also love traveling. Whether it’s a short hop to Austin, Seattle, or New Orleans; or a longer jaunt to Australia, Hawaii, or Banff National Park (all places the team’s traveled to in the past year!), travel broadens our horizons, builds empathy, and challenges us to grow. We’re working to bring these experiences to more of the world.
What you’ll do:
We’re looking to hire a product designer to do both visual and UI design for Travelchime. You’ll get to shape our design from the ground up.
As a designer, you’ll:
- Define our brand, visual identity, and design system from scratch.
- Create mocks and storyboards of user interfaces for engineering to build and to test with potential users.
- Suggest better designs and improvements for existing interfaces.
- Be deeply involved with the product roadmap. You’ll work with engineers and the founders to figure out what to build and why.
- Do user research and talk to travelers to inform our product and brand. (We all do this, but you’ll be our vanguard.)
This position is a full-time role reporting to the cofounders at Travelchime headquarters in San Francisco. Because you’ll be our first designer, we do not accept remote candidates at this time.
What you might work on:
- Creating a full brand identity for Travelchime, including colors, fonts, and reusable components.
- Mocking screens and flows for a user profile page, follow/friend interactions, and gamification features.
- Reviewing and suggesting how we can better surface sources of travel information in the existing document editor.
- Talking to users to see what would move the needle for growth and retention.
You may be a good fit if you:
- Have product design experience: have absorbed best practices with at least 2 years of product/UI design work at a tech company or agency with an established design team
- Excel at communicating the why behind one’s work
- Willing to apply the 80/20 principle when working with engineering at a capacity-constrained startup
- Are detail-oriented, and want to keep pushing for the best visual and user experience
- Have designed a product from scratch and defined its style, rather than just having worked within an existing framework
- Are entrepreneurial: excited about joining a small, high-growth team and talking to users, doing product and design, and wearing a variety of hats
- Love travel and believe in it as a positive force personally and for the world
What’s it like to work here?
We’re an engineering and product-heavy team. Travel’s something everyone does, and we love using the tools we build. A typical week’s work involves talking to users, prioritizing tasks on a kanban, designing on Figma, and building and shipping them continuously.
We believe in work-life balance. We stop working and eat together for lunch. We work reasonable hours, and make time for working out, and enjoying life with friends and family. We love travel and believe it rejuvenates us and makes us better people, and have quarterly travel offsites where the goal is to just enjoy visiting a new place and use the tools we’ve built.
Our hiring process
Start by sending over a portfolio! We’ll chat with you about your past work in a short, behavioral interview mostly based off your resume, and then do a design critique on a part of either Travelchime or another tool.
We’ll then decide together on a small piece of real design and/or user research work we can work on together, and pay you a consulting rate for it. After the project is done, we’ll evaluate it and get back to you with a decision.
Peter Xu and Harry Yu are twin brothers. Peter shuttled between Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong as a consultant at McKinsey before settling down at Stripe as a full-stack engineer, where he worked closely with support teams to build tools that made support agents’ work more productive.
Harry worked at Google as a product manager for the past 5 years on Hotel Search, Chrome, and finally Google Assistant for the past three, where he was one of the early PMs on the team.
Before building Travelchime, they had built Coursetable (featured in the New York Times) and travel sites All the Flight Deals (a flight deals aggregator) and BookWithMatrix (a power-traveler flight search tool), which together make over $600,000 in monthly flight bookings.
To apply, just send us an email with your resume and portfolio at firstname.lastname@example.org