we're Hiring!

Reading and writing is 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

About Trala

Trala is building a violin learning app that teaches anyone how to play the violin. We have Juilliard-approved 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.

  • You: Shrouded in mystery (for now).

The Perks:

  • 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 VPs at Duolingo, Spotify, and Tinder. They will be your mentors, too.


You can make more cash tomorrow working at big companies like Allstate or SpotHero. To them, you are literally just flesh. You’ll make about 70% of that here your first year, and then this thing called ‘equity’ will kick in and you’ll never have to work again.

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

Our Office

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