Join Our Team

At Desmos, we like hard problems, which is why we've picked one of the toughest ones in education: making challenging math engaging and accessible to everyone. We work in the middle intersection of great curriculum design and cutting edge technology, and we're hiring.

The Perks

We believe that great work requires a great workplace, thoughtful colleagues, a balanced life, and minimal distractions. Here is what it means to work at Desmos.

Great benefits.

Full medical, vision, and dental insurance, catered lunch every day, unlimited vacation days whenever you need them.

Productive environment.

No mandatory meetings, bureaucracy, or artificial barriers. Full transparency and participation in company goals and direction.

Competitive compensation.

We offer substantial equity, competitive salary, and retirement matching to every fulltime employee. We want everyone to feel both financially secure and deeply invested in the future of the company.

Work-life balance.

We value results over hours, and sustainable, long-term success over short-term wins. We also love sleep.

Our Story

At Desmos, our mission is to help every student learn math and to love learning math. Our free graphing calculator is upending a multi-decade monopoly, making math available to the billions of students in the world by breaking down barriers of income and even disability. The graphing calculator services over 40 million users per year with excellent feedback from classroom teachers and glowing coverage from CNN, Bloomberg, USAToday, and others.

Our free graphing calculator has raised the standard for digital math tools and we're now working to raise the standard for digital math content, combining the best ideas from education research, technology, and design. The activities we’re designing have a large and growing community of millions of students and teachers around the world.

Our offices are located in the heart of San Francisco, in a beautiful, sunny office in SOMA, and we're backed by Google Ventures, Kapor Capital, and Learn Capital. Our investors are fantastic, but our business model is strong enough that we are funding our newest projects with our own revenue, all while giving away our graphing calculator at no cost to teachers and students.

Desmos is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Furthermore, we believe that diversity leads to stronger teams, better products, and more successful companies. Come join us as we tackle the hard problems we love and build an enduring company in the process.


Available Positions:

Software Engineer

Desmos is on a mission to improve the quality of math education in every classroom. We do this by letting teachers and students access rich, interactive, and pedagogically sound math experiences right on their browser. Building high-quality math content is no easy task, and requires close collaboration between teachers, designers and engineers, as well as constant testing in real classrooms.

Our engineering team builds elegant and flexible systems that can quickly respond to design and pedagogy demands. We are often tasked with coming up with creative solutions to get an interaction feeling just right. We empower our teachers and designers to create delightful and meaningful math experiences.

What you should show up ready to teach anyone on your first day:

  • How a healthy engineering culture and practices help build production quality software.
  • A 5-minute summary of any basic computer science topic.
  • Design decisions in a piece of code you wrote, including alternatives and trade offs you made.
  • How you would improve this piece of code?

What you’ll learn more about after you’re hired:

Within your first week, you’ll:

  • Introduce yourself on Slack to your new co-workers!
  • Learn about our process for writing, testing, and deploying code.
  • Ship your first piece of code to production!

Within your first month, you’ll:

  • Familiarize yourself with Typescript and our in-house, front-end framework.
  • Complete your first user-facing feature in collaboration with other teams (design, business, teaching faculty).
  • Start reviewing code from other engineers on the team, bringing your keen eye for pragmatic and elegant solutions to challenging problems.

Within your first three months, you’ll:

  • Be the technical lead on your first major project, guiding it from design to implementation.
  • Participate in goal setting to help determine the direction of the company and our engineering priorities for the near future.
  • Visit a classroom to watch students use our technology to learn mathematics.

Within your first year, you’ll:

  • Attend a math education conference with the Desmos team to get to know our users and better understand the role that Desmos plays in the classroom.
  • Be a technical lead on a quarter level goal for the company.
  • Become the company’s expert on one or more areas of the code base.
  • Help hire and onboard new members of the engineering team.
  • Take a vacation to recharge. We do our best work when we’re happy and well-rested.

Learn more about our company! Then send an email to careers@desmos.com with “Software Engineer” in the subject. Include your resume and a cover letter that helps us understand your preparation for the work we’ve described above.

Strategic Business Development

We sustain our business by licensing our Application Programming Interface (API) of our calculators to partner organizations. Our customers range from early-stage startups to established organizations such as Pearson, McGraw Hill, and the College Board (makers of the SAT). That model has funded our growth for years and there are still acres of territory we have yet to cover. That's why we need your help! We're looking for someone who is self-driven and persistent, someone who can create new API partnerships and maintain existing ones. This role doesn’t have a handbook. You'll define your own pipeline, reach out to potential partners, and close deals!

What you should show up ready to teach anyone on your first day:

  • How to build a healthy pipeline from scratch.
  • A sales strategy and approach that have worked for you in the past.
  • Details about a popular selling method and why you do or don’t like it.

What you’ll learn more about after you’re hired:

  • How we identify the most relevant sales leads in ed tech.
  • How we cultivate enduring and successful partnerships.
  • How we create and maintain a tool that students and teachers love.
  • How we’ve grown so far without a marketing team (here's a hint, here's another).

Within your first week, you’ll:

  • Introduce yourself on Slack to your new co-workers!
  • Learn about our existing partners and the value that Desmos brings their businesses.
  • Learn about the market and current best practices for building a pipeline, as well as the technical tools we use (ex: Salesforce and Trello).
  • Listen in on conversations with potential and existing partners.

Within your first month, you’ll:

  • Explain Desmos products to someone who’s never heard of it before.
  • Find 30 potential leads and in doing so, have a solid understanding of what differentiates an unqualified lead from a good or great lead.
  • Set up your own meetings, take your own calls, and demo the API.

Within your first three months, you’ll:

  • Balance your time between finding and qualifying new leads and maintaining existing relationships.
  • Schedule meetings for an education or technology conference, where you’ll pitch our API to executives at qualified companies.
  • Comfortably lead conversations where you determine the customer’s timeline, decision-makers, budget and product fit.
  • Project sales revenue and plan strategy that affects the direction of our company.

Within your first year, you’ll:

  • Close new business to help sustain Desmos in its mission to help students love learning mathematics!
  • Up your sales game learning from the current business development team.
  • Mentor and welcome new Desmos team members as they join.
  • Identify new markets and verticals where we should license our API.

Some impressive fast facts about Desmos that help our business development team succeed:

  • Desmos has millions of active users from all 50 states and every country in the world.
  • Desmos is the official calculator of the digital SATs and a growing number of state tests!
  • Desmos is beloved and widely known in the educator community (just check with any family member in middle or high school, any teacher friends, or what teachers are saying on Twitter).

Learn more about our company! Then send an email to careers@desmos.com with “Strategic Business Development” in the subject. Include your resume and a cover letter that helps us understand your preparation for the work we’ve described above.