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Thomas & Petr

Y Combinator W20

Thomas (CEO) and Petr (CTO) kickstarted the journey of Raycast at Y Combinator.

Seed Round

We raised $2.7M from Accel, and announced the public beta of the Raycast app.

Public Launch

We announced the public launch of Raycast and said “Hello World” to the internet.


Team of 12

The team grew to 12 folks, across 7 countries and 2 continents!


We launched our hackday project, ray.so, which amassed over 2.4k upvotes on Product Hunt.

Store & API

We launched the Raycast API and Extension Store for Developers and custom extensions.

Series A

We announced our Series A of $15m, led by Accel and Coatue.

Team Trip to Dubai

We ended 2021 with our first team offsite in Dubai, and celebrated the latest announcements!


And today...

We are a team of 16 folks, and excited at the prospect of you joining our team!

Our values

Applying our values is what helps us thrive, enjoy what we do, and ship our best work.


We get things done and have a bias towards action. We run a marathon and not a sprint. Though it's still a race.


We keep things simple and prefer pragmatic solutions over complicated abstractions. We cut away cargo cult.


We communicate early and often. We don’t have secrets but respect privacy and are honest if things went bad.


All of us own a piece of Raycast and we trust each other to do what they think is best for the company.


We don’t settle on mediocrity and choose quality over quantity. Even if the solutions are harder.


We come from different backgrounds and reflect our diverse community. We treat each other as we want to be treated.


We’re a team who previously helped build products for millions of people across the internet at Spotify, Facebook, Zoho, Google, HackerOne, Rainbow, and more.

Thomas MannCEO & Co-Founder

Previously worked at Meta, working on Spark AR as a Software Engineer.

Before Raycast, toured through Europe as a DJ.

Petr NikolaevCTO & Co-Founder

Previously worked at Meta as a Software Engineer on Spark AR and WhatsApp.

Was a professional poker player before started a normal job as a developer.

Nichlas Wærnes AndersenProduct Designer

Previously worked as a freelance designer.

Is officially Raycast’s first employee.

Felix RaabSoftware Engineer

Previously worked in Tech Consulting, at IBM, and in Academia.

Started personal computing on a VC-20.

Remon OldenbeuvingSoftware Engineer

Previously an Engineering Manager at HackerOne.

Grzegorz KrukowskiSoftware Engineer

Previously worked at Memorado, Goodbeans, and Outfittery as an iOS Developer.

Has worked in the gaming industry for most of his career.

John BuckleymacOS Engineer

Previously a Software Engineer at Colortrix, Olive Toast Software, and Crocodile Clips.

Cannot go a single day without marmalade.

Marcos Sánchez-DehesaSoftware Engineer

Previously a Software Engineer at Kitchen Stories, and Relayr.

Would do anything for a good black paella with alioli.

Sandy KrupkovaPeople Operations Manager

Previously a HR Generalist, EMEA at Qualys.

Is a junior level astronomy geek.

Mathieu DutourAPI Engineer

Previously an Engineer at GitBook, Sketch, and Enki.

Learned how to ski, before knowing how to run.

Sorin MunteanSoftware Engineer

Previously a Software Engineer at Ottonova, and Internations.org.

Used to drive an ambulance for the Red Cross.

Per Nielsen TikærTechnical Community Manager

Previously a Software Engineer at Klean.

An educated truck driver who made his first homepage back in 1997.

Alexandr SubbotinSoftware Engineer

Previously CTO at Appbooster, creator of Cerebro app.

Junior FPV-drone pilot.

Daniel SequeiraEngineering Manager

Previously Engineering Manager at Pento, MessageBird and Bynder.

Was a roller hockey player for 17 years.

Pedro DuarteDX Engineer

Previously helped create Radix, Stitches, and RainbowKit.

Used to play harmonica in a Rockabilly band.

Thomas LombartSoftware Engineer

Previously Front-end Engineer at Back Market.

Once played in a Christopher Nolan movie.

Dan HollickProduct Designer

Previously worked at Barclays, TIDAL and a few others.

Has a phobia of crabs.

Milena AraujoCommunity Engineer

Previously a Web Engineer at Spotify.

Passionate about stationery and mechanical keyboards.

Inga HamptonProduct Designer

Previously at Reddit.

I'm starting a micro farm & have two donkeys, Ebenezer & Pablo

Bruno ReisVideo Producer

Previously at his own video production company.

Capybara enthusiast.

Roy van RooijenProduct Designer

Previously co-founded Sketch Runner, worked at Pitch, and some others...

Played baseball for 15 seasons

Folks so far

Our team is spread across 10 countries, 4 timezones, 3 continents, and we believe working fast, simple, and transparent, leads to a higher quality level of work, where we trust and respect our colleagues.

Despite being fully-remote, we’ve still found time to meet up in our yearly retreats, such as Dubai 2021 (left), and bond over food, drink, and activities like golf and quad-biking.

How we work

It’s important that you enjoy your job, and love your life outside of work.

Time for actual work

We have one meeting with the entire team per week – that’s it. We work autonomously, communicate asynchronously and collaborate ad-hoc. Every week, we demo what we’ve accomplished.

RaydayNew in 2022

Some of our most-loved features, such as Floating Notes, and tools like Ray.so have come from hackdays. That’s why Fridays are for hacking.

Take a step away from your team work for a day, and build whatever you like. Hack on a new extension, explore new design system components, or tidy up Notion. It’s up to you!

Fast moving

Our aim is to continue making the best product we can. We bias to action and shipped 37 releases in 2021, including big features such as our Extensions API and hundreds of bug fixes and improvements.

Modern tooling

We surround ourselves with the best work tools available. Figma, Linear, Notion, Cron, you name it. This environment sets the standard for our software.

Yearly meetups

Once a year we bring the entire team together. In 2021, we rented a villa in Dubai where we launched our Extensions API, drove quad bikes in the desert and competed in top golf. In 2022, we went to Mykonos where we cooked traditional Greek food, sailed around the island and enjoyed the beaches together. We can’t wait to see where it takes us next.

Work on something you use, and our users love

All of us use Raycast every single day. We have internal extensions to write weekly updates, ship releases and more. It makes a huge difference if you build something that you actually use. Many features came out of our daily problems.

Fully distributed team

We are a fully distributed company with 21 people, 3 dogs and 5 cats in 10 countries. Everybody works on the schedule that fits them best. It allows us to structure our work around our lives and not the other way around.

Want to work in a warm city during the winter? Go for it. If you’re at lunch or you’re taking your dog for a walk during the day, set your Slack status so the rest of your team knows about it.

Cut out the s#!%

Many of us left companies because bureaucracy killed product development. We are here to build a great product with like-minded people. Everything else doesn’t matter.

We have fun

It isn’t all work and no play. We get together regularly to play games, make pancakes or other virtual activities. Our #watercooler Slack channel is jammed with photos outside of work and weekend plans.

We care about design

Design is at the heart of the product and team. Every pixel and every detail matters.

From icons, to the UI in both dark and light mode, illustrations, social media content, it all belongs to the same story.

Collaborate with a community

Get direct feedback from passionate users, who actively contribute to the product with 600+ script commands and 1500+ extensions, and work with the community to make Raycast even better.

Our benefits

We put people first and want to empower everybody at Raycast to do your best work.

Competitive salary

We pay you a location independent rate

Stock options

We don't treat "act like an owner" as a phrase

End of year bonus

We value going the extra mile

Parental leave

We provide 3 months paid time off

Flexible time off

We recommend at least 25 days

Build your workspace

Order your own equipment to onboard

Corporate card

Use it on whatever makes you productive

Health perks

From insurance to gym. Stay healthy!

Hiring process

Take a look at some of our interview steps, and a few tips to make your hiring experience great.

Send an engaging email

Tell us why you want to join Raycast and why you generally care about the problem we're solving.

Make your first impression count. Share with us what excites you and how you envision your role at Raycast, what we’re missing, and pack your intro with the amazing work you’ve done.

Hiring manager intro

Chat with the hiring manager for your role to get to know what it takes to work at Raycast.

Come prepared to the meeting. It's a way for both sides to get to know each other. Good candidates prepare questions, used our app and articulate what they look for in their next role.

Meet the team

You will meet a couple of team members with whom you will work with later. They will assess your technical knowledge and how you collaborate with others.

Take-home task

The take-home task is the moment to shine. We open a Slack chat to communicate – use it! Most candidates go silent and come back with bad results. We collaborate with you on the task to simulate real work.

Task assessment

We will assess the results of your task and if we like what we see, you will be asked to present them to us.

Don't spend time preparing a slideshow, instead articulate your thinking. Why did you take a shortcut? What would you do differently when you had more time? What little detail did you add?

Get to know our Founders

Chat with our founders and have the opportunity to know more about Raycast.

As mentioned above in the "Hiring manager intro" step, don't forget to come prepared to this meeting as well.

Offer Stage

We wrap it up with an offer and discuss the final details.

We're very transparent throughout our interview process. There shouldn't be any surprises at this step. We align on the last bits before we make you part of the RayFam.


Meet the great investors and people helping to make Raycast grow.

YCombinatorYCombinatorChapter One
Jeff SooProduct Design Manager at Meta. Ex-Product Designer at Oculus VR.
Jeff Soo
Joe ThomasCo-Founder and CEO at Loom.
Joe Thomas
Jeff WeinsteinProduct lead at Stripe. Previously founder of Wagon.
Jeff Weinstein
Johnny BoufarhatFounder and CEO at Hopin.
Johnny Boufarhat
David CramerCo-Founder and CTO at Sentry.
David Cramer
Jason WarnerEx-CTO at Github, and Ex-VP of Engineering at Heroku.
Jason Warner
Koen BokCEO and Co-Founder at Framer.
Koen Bok
Max StoiberCo-Founder at Spectrum.chat. Founder at GraphCDN. Ex-Software Engineer at GitHub and Gatsby.
Max Stoiber
Steve MorinHead of Mobile Engineering at Asana.
Steve Morin
Mirko NovakovicEx-CEO at codecentric AG, and Ex-CEO at Instana.
Mirko Novakovic
Manik GuptaCorporate VP at Microsoft. Ex-CPO at Uber.
Manik Gupta
Femi AwomosuEx-Software Engineer at Babylon Health, and Ex-Product Manager at GitHub and Shazam.
Femi Awomosu
Tanguy le StradicEx-Senior Product Manager at Qonto.
Tanguy le Stradic
Charley CheeverFounder of Expo and Quora. Ex-Engineering Manager at Facebook.
Charley Cheever
Ott KaukverCTO at Checkout.com.
Ott Kaukver
Karri SaarinenCo-Founder and CEO at Linear. Ex-Designer at Airbnb.
Karri Saarinen
Zach HolmanFormer engineer at GitHub.
Zach Holman
Calvin French-OwenCo-Founder at Segment.
Calvin French-Owen
Ludwig PetterssonFounder at Quill. Ex-Creative Director at Stripe.
Ludwig Pettersson
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