literally anywhere in the universe
What is Umbrel?
Umbrel is a new kind of OS for running a server in your home.
Wut??? Why would anyone run a server in their home?
We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the convenience and benefits of the cloud without giving up ownership and control of their data.
The cloud is essentially someone else's computer. And your photos, videos, files, notes, passwords — everything, have nothing to do with someone else's computer.
So instead of paying ransoms for storing your own data on the cloud and having it auctioned off to advertisers — you could easily run a home server and self-host all of your data and services yourself.
And how does it work?
You can install Umbrel on commodity hardware, like a Raspberry Pi computer or any Debian/Ubuntu machine.
You can then access Umbrel's UI in a web browser on any device that's connected to the same network. From there, you can install self-hosted apps from the Umbrel App Store that suit your use cases — e.g. Nextcloud (Dropbox replacement), Matrix (your own messaging server), Bitcoin node (to interact with the Bitcoin network without a third party), and more.
Interesting, can I have a look at the product?
Sure, here's a minute-long video.
Kinda reminds me of the personal computer revolution...
Exactly. The personal computer revolution shifted computing from rooms full of computers (mainframes) to personal computers in the 1970s. The personal server revolution will shift computing from rooms full of servers (data centers) to personal servers in the 2020s.
Big plans, bruh. Have you raised any money?
Yes, we've raised about $3.5M. We're fortunate to be backed by some of the world's best investors, including Naval Ravikant, Ram Shriram, Joseph Jacks (OSS Capital), Sahil Lavingia, Sam Lessin (Slow Ventures), Anne Dwane (Village Global), Andreas Antonopoulos, Owen Gunden, Max Webster, Stephen Cole, and more.
What stage is the product at?
Umbrel is currently in beta (0.5.2) with 20,000+ users. We're no longer in the 0 to 1 phase of product building. We have more confidence that users want to self-host as much of their data locally as possible, and developers of self-hosted apps want access to a seamless distribution of their apps via an app store.
And what does the tech stack look like?
getumbrel/umbrel: Master repository which orchestrates and run all the system services and app containers
getumbrel/umbrel-dashboard: Web-based UI, written in Vue.js
getumbrel/umbrel-manager: System API, written in Node.js
getumbrel/secret-project-coming-soon: React, Next.js, Framer Motion, Tailwind CSS
Okay, and how's the work/life balance?
All of us enjoy complete freedom to create our own work schedules and work from anywhere in the world. Most of our team communication is async. You won't find endless Zoom calls or full calendars here — just a calm, creative group of humans enjoying challenging problems at the intersection of art and technology.
As an early-stage startup, we wouldn't want to hide this reality from you: raw hours make a big difference on the impact we can make right now. This won't always be the case, but it is at present. So we often find ourselves working later on in the evenings and sometimes on weekends, but it's mostly driven by personal ambition. We don't have any expectations from anyone to do so.
So what are you looking for?
Talent, passion, genuine love for your craft, and the desire to do meaningful work. What we're not looking for: credentials and degrees. When you really love what you do, work feels like play. And when work feels like play, you become the best at it. That's what we're looking for.
If you join us, you'll be among the first ten team members, and your work will have a direct impact on shaping Umbrel's future.
What are you looking for in your Product Designer?
You'll lead the product and UI/UX design at Umbrel
You like to spend your days staring at artboards in Figma (or Sketch, or both???)
You're obsessed with creating delightful micro-interactions and animations
You're willing to throw away ideas if they're not great, and optimistic enough to keep hunting for new ones
You care about the details, maybe a bit too much (a pixel off ruins your sleep)
You're excited to collaborate with everyone on the team: engineers, customer facing folks, etc — you believe inspiration can come from anywhere
You have good judgement of when to ship: perfect is the enemy of good
You like to level up your design skills continually
You put yourselves in the shoes of our users to craft a great experience
You enjoy being a generalist and are not tied down to a specific design, trend, or tools
Even better if you:
Are a previous founder or have worked at a startup
Have a great taste in memes
How can I apply?
Just click the apply button on top or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your application, please include: