we're Hiring!

Reading and writing are important to us. If you have the energy and interest to read through this whole page, you might be a good fit.

iOS Engineer (Full-time, Chicago, IL). Skills:

  • 1+ years of iOS development (Swift)

  • Strong CS proficiency

  • Energy to iterate 2x/day every day

Video Content Producer (Full-time, Chicago, IL). Skills:

  • Strong video creation and editing proficiency

  • Creative with limited resources

  • Comfortable making videos quickly and on the fly

Violinist (Full-time, Chicago, IL). Skills:

  • Skilled violinist and violin educator.

  • Well spoken and camera-ready. You’ll be co-creating the next generation of in-app lessons, i.e. becoming the #1 violin teacher in the world.

  • Additional math/engineering background is a major plus.

About Trala

Trala is building a violin learning app that teaches anyone how to play the violin. We have violin lessons powered by signal processing that listens to users play their real violins and gives instant feedback on every single mistake.

Our users are ages 7 to 70 and live in rural Montana, Syria, tiny Pacific islands, Hong Kong, and of course, Chicago. Yes, you can learn the world’s most difficult instrument via an app. Yes, we will teach you.

Here’s what we love:

  • Making fun things for fun people

  • Learning and sharing that learning

  • Being experts in something important

We believe that we are not vessels for the company’s growth, but the company is a vessel for our growth. We believe that teaching the world to play music is incredibly important. If you’re nodding in agreement, read on, because we might become friends.

Trala is a rare startup:

We are looking for a rare person who is:

  • Passionate about development

  • Used to gray areas/ambiguity/hot messes

  • Ready to own. Your. Work.

  • Delighted to talk to users

The Team:

  • Sam: Violinist and engineer. Mastermind behind Trala’s musical pedagogy. Uses words like ‘pedagogy’.

  • Vish: Can code anything. Winner of 4 national hackathons. Has eaten a Death Sandwich and survived. The next Adam Smith.

  • Lauren: Professional artist - not starving. Like Ram Dass and Frank Gehry combined. Has been compared to a ball of floating light.

  • Harvey: Marketer. Wrote an award-winning brownie cookbook. May bring in brownies if asked politely.

  • Joel: Attempting to unseat Vish. Hasn’t eaten a Death Sandwich yet, though. The Muhammad Ali of Connect 4.

  • You: Shrouded in mystery (for now).

The Perks:

  • Great salary.

  • You’ll be part of Techstars, the world’s most powerful entrepreneurial network. Use it how you may.

  • Never eat lunch alone: Trala is a family. If the mob comes looking for you we will protect you.

  • Work in downtown Chicago. Great working space, free coffee, etc., we’re a startup.

  • Our mentors include the CEOs of LinkedIn and Duolingo. They will be your mentors, too.


You can have an easier life working at big companies like Allstate or SpotHero. To them, you are literally just flesh. To you, they are a paycheck and an occasional awkward holiday party and a whole lot of office politics.

Free yourself. Do something real for real people.

To apply, send a resume and a link to something you're proud of to founders@trala.com.

Our Office

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste 1212
Chicago, IL, 60654
United States