When the Internet began, people thought connecting everyone together, sharing information freely, and injecting a healthy dose of anarchism would lead to a strong, healthy society. Not really how it turned out, is it?
We started Tailscale because we want to change course and fix what went wrong.
Step one is to undo damage from the misguided idea that bigger and more popular means better, and that everything needs to be connected to everything else. Botnets don’t need to be connected to your HR database. The private discussion forum with your friends doesn’t need to be connected to paid propaganda farms. And teams don’t have to be made out of interchangeable lego bricks.
The dream we’re building is the Internet, but better. Small, private, secure, distributed networks that you can only join if you’re invited. Real communities of real people, unbound from the limits of physical space, but interconnected with the wider world through a lens of mutual obligations, intentionality, and consent.
To make this happen will require a team that’s not like your average tech company. We need technical skill, and plenty of it, but we also need people who care about beautiful systems, social patterns, and what makes physical and virtual communities feel successful, productive, and secure. We’re small—we specialize in small—so each of us has the opportunity to contribute on many fronts, from design to coding, data analysis, talking to customers, building web sites, writing docs, negotiating contracts, filing patents. Don’t worry if you’re not good at everything; we work as a team.
Tailscale is searching for thoughtful candidates who are technically skilled (especially in areas of networking, security, privacy, or embedded systems) or very community oriented (especially building online communities, helping customers, writing documentation, managing forums). We’re looking for unusual people who see the world differently and who don’t accept the way things are going. We want to work hard to fix it…together.
Tailscale does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.