What’s Discourse the company about?

We build a community platform for civilized discussion on the web — we feel so strongly about it that we even named our company Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc. We started in 2013 with 3 co-founders unusually passionate about online discussion. We’re now a team of 20 and growing fast.

First and foremost we are a hosting company. The product that we host and develop, Discourse, is of course 100% open source software.

We are a completely remote company, working from 11 different countries and 10 different timezones. You’ll never guess how we coordinate our work. Wait, did you just guess Discourse? That’s right, we use Discourse as our primary team coordination tool to build Discourse! Discourse excels at asynchronous, distributed teamwork, so we can keep interruptions like instant messaging, calls, and meetings to a minimum.

Our team

Jeff Atwood

Co-founder

USA

Online community has been a part of Jeff’s life since the 1980s. A big part. Really big. Maybe a bit too big. As co-founder of Stack Overflow, he believes deeply in bringing people together in communities they own and collaboratively maintain – by providing free open source software that helps people be their better selves online.

Robin Ward

Co-founder

Canada

Robin has spent the majority of his professional life working on forums in one way or another. When the opportunity arose to start a company to work on the next generation of forum software arose, he didn’t hesitate to jump at it! Discourse has been his life ever since.

In his spare time, Robin loves cats and dogs, playing video games and frequently going to the movies.

Sam Saffron

Co-founder

Australia

When Sam is not having pun at work, he is busy making Discourse run faster, better and stronger. He was given his first ZX Spectrum computer when he was 7 and has not relinquished the helm on the keyboard since. When he is not hanging out on the Discourse Meta forum, Sam is busy rock-climbing, running or being a dad and delivering some of the best dad jokes out there.

Neil Lalonde

Software Engineer

Canada

Neil has been been writing code at the biggest (too big) and smallest software companies for almost 20 years, and now enjoys helping Discourse take over the world. His hobbies include complicated board games, biking, urban design, camping, and video games. Favourite TV shows range from nerdy like The Expanse, to not-so-nerdy like Project Runway.

Régis Hanol

Software Engineer

France

When Régis is not capturing light on film, he turns black licorice into code to improve online discussions. He has seen the future of civilized discourse, that’s why he’s losing his last bits of hair polishing email integration and fiddling with importers.

Arpit Jalan

Software Engineer

India

Arpit is a geek who loves computers religiously. Ever since he learned about Discourse he wanted to be a part of the mission, so much so that he spent a year working as an intern. Other than computers, he likes reading books and watching movies.

Matt Palmer

Operations Engineer

Australia

Matt is a beardy Unix guy who has been convincing computers to do things they would rather not do for a very long time. Part developer, part sysadmin, part manager, he has seen a lot of things, and if you’re quick you can get away before he tells you all about all of them.

Guo Xiang Tan

Software Engineer

Singapore

Alan had his first encounter with online forums when he was 12 while searching for guides on how to breed black dragon betta fish. Since then he has had the chance to travel around the world wide web joining different forums to learn about how to rear ranchu goldfish, speculating in cryptocurrencies and “copying” code on Udacity’s forum in order to complete his assignments on time.

Erlend Sogge Heggen

Community Advocate

Norway

At the break of the new millennium Erlend stumbled upon online discussion boards whilst playing and designing computer games. Since then he has seen the rise and fall of many great communities (and some not so great), making a lot of friends in the process. ❤

Rafael dos Santos Silva

Software Engineer

Brazil

Falco spent so much time in online forums that he’s inside one now. Loves open-source and thinks code should be readable and accessible for everyone, everywhere. Also, really into gaming, comics and TV Shows.

Blake Erickson

Software Engineer

USA

Blake enjoys writing software and building the systems that make it all work. He also has a thing for old technology like vintage computers, typewriters, and even printing presses that brought us to where we are today through the power of the written word. It’s exciting to see what people, businesses, and communities can accomplish when they work together through civilized discourse.

Joffrey Jaffeux

Software Engineer

France

Joffrey has been wondering why code that should work doesn’t since he was 10 years old. He usually spends his day playing with the user interface he built that morning. He chases bugs as a cat would chase a red dot.

Sarah Hawk

Community Advocate

New Zealand

Before joining the Discourse team, Hawk was an online community consultant who worked with organisations to implement world-class platform solutions. When it became apparent that all of those solutions were Discourse based, she jumped ship to infiltrate this mission. She brings a unique combination of UX and community wrangling skills to the team.

While Discourse is her greatest love, Hawk is also pretty partial to wine, the gym and her twins.

Michael Brown

Operations Engineer

Canada

Michael thinks it would be fantastic if we all could just get along so he’s excited to help make that happen. While able to do magic anywhere in the stack, he’s passionate about integration, networking, OSS technology, and Making Things Right. In his spare time he loves pedantry, board gaming, video gaming, being a husband & dad, and karate.

Joshua Rosenfeld

Technical Advocate

USA

For years Joshua has been involved with Discourse forums: first as a moderator of a video game community, next as an administrator for an IT knowledge base and ticket system, and most recently for an educational company. He joined Discourse at the first opportunity and brings his customer-friendly technical support and writing skills to the team.

In his spare time, Joshua enjoys biking, skiing, musical theater, and all things “geeky.”

Gerhard Schlager

Software Engineer

Austria

Gerhard is passionate about software development and online communities. So, when he first discovered Discourse, he knew he wanted to be part of it. Making everyone’s life a little bit easier by writing code sounds like fun to him – writing about himself, not so much.

Andrew Schleifer

Operations Engineer

USA

Andrew is a tiny piece of the universe which has become self-aware and is trying its best to understand the gestalt. He cuts a dashing figure in a suit, and played the part of the cab driver in that movie. He can whistle in three languages and once cooked a 30-minute meal in less than half an hour. He saw Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick, but cannot, regretfully, split aces or 8s.

Kris Aubuchon

Designer

USA

Throughout his life Kris has been relying on the internet to learn just about everything ranging from auto repair to fixing toilets. Over the course of his professional career working for advertising agencies and design consultancies, Kris has also picked up a variety of skills including the fluency in HTML & CSS required to design in the browser. He believes in the internet’s ability to democratize knowledge and thinks it is imperative to break down the social, economic, and political barriers that stand in its way.

Vinoth Kannan

Software Engineer

India

Vinoth loves all things programmatic. He is a code and math geek. He worked in various programming languages, CMS, and open source projects. But when he was introduced to Discourse, he felt like arrived at home. Coding is his main hobby, but he also likes gaming, movies, TV shows, and sports.

Simon Cossar

Technical Advocate

Canada

After years of working as a tree planter, Simon found his true passion when he bought a computer at the age of 41. He loves coding and making electronic music. He believes that online forums can help make the world a better place.

Think you can do great things with us?

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Perks & benefits

  • Completely flexible schedule

    No set hours. Need to take two weeks off? Wanna try the digital nomad lifestyle? Let’s figure it out! If customers are happy, we’re happy.
  • Remote work, zero commute time

    Work anywhere you have a computer and internet access. We’ll also fund up to $400/month in colocated office expenses, if you prefer not to work from home.
  • Work with a diverse team

    Spanning 5 continents and 11 timezones, we’re looking to hire people with diverse backgrounds from all over the world.
  • Five weeks of vacation

    Plus all major holidays. We’re very flexible — as long as work is getting done, set your schedule as you need to.
  • Yearly world meetup

    As a remote team we don’t see each other much, so we come together in an all-expenses-paid week once every year, in a host city represented by someone that works at Discourse. So far we’ve been to San Francisco, Toronto, Sydney, France, and India!
  • Competitive salary for skill level

    We can’t quite afford to throw infinite VC money at people to hire them; we pay commensurate with income so we can remain an ongoing, viable business. But we continue to grow, and all our graphs go "up and to the right" as you’d expect.
  • Work on a major open source project

    Discourse is technically groundbreaking (we were a JavaScript app before it was cool) and powers a not-insignificant percent of the internet already. Discourse is one of the top 100 GitHub open source projects and one of the top 3 Rails, Ember.js, and Ruby open source projects in the world!
  • Impact on the direction of the company

    Discourse is still a small company, with 20 people, and not even five years old. You will be a central part of what we do and have major input into every decision we make as a company.
  • We’ll buy you cutting-edge hardware

    Discourse will buy you a super nice laptop or desktop of your choice, and a fancy chair for your "second most important asset" (after your brain), at minimum.
  • We support an official code of conduct

    We have an official code of conduct on our open source project, and we respect that same code of conduct in all our work together as professionals.
  • We believe every new human being is a net positive to the world!

    3 months paid maternity or paternity leave for parents.